A Message from the President 2012

Dear Members,

DMA’s travels to the West Coast for the National Convention in Anaheim, California proved to be a great success. Every time I walked down the halls I witnessed smiles on every face. It was not just because we were in the land of “Mickey”, it was because people were genuinely happy to be there. With the convention theme of “Gotta Dance”, it was very evident that our love for the art form is what brought us all together. Granted it was a smaller convention than normal, but there was a feeling of camaraderie among teachers, students and parents that resulted in an extremely positive event. Affirmative attitude was also the theme in our business meetings. It was wonderful to see every delegate engaged in the Board discussions and so many members attending the Grand Body meetings. On a very special note, there were many young teachers present who were part of the DMA past, either as past participants in competitions or taking workshop classes. Many of them expressed how great it was to be back and that it felt like coming home. What an amazing endorsement for DMA.

Madam President, Phyllis Guy, opened the convention with a first class reception, entitled “DMA Academy Presents”. The Oscar event was a fitting backdrop for our special members, Amy Deloughy, named Member of the Year and Jill Chase receiving the Zee Brown Ahern Award. Twentyfiveyear members were also recognized and awarded. Next we were off to the Welcome Party, with a lively “Footloose” theme. The opening numbers, for the party, certainly reflected high energy and spirit. The remainder of the week was packed with exceptional talent in our Performing Arts, Solo Title, Open Scholarship and Grand National Championship Competitions. Our hats are off to all the winners who received thousands of dollars in cash and scholarship awards.

The 128th annual banquet was truly an “Affair to Remember”. The ballroom resembled a fairyland, trimmed in black and silver with twinkling lights peeking from snow white branches on every table. A beautiful liturgical number, choreographed by Past President, Jill Chase, opened the festivities. Our illustrious awardees were all in attendance to be honored. Miriam Nelson received the Annual Award, Denise Wall received the Presidents’ Award and Debbie Allen was the recipient of the DMA Lifetime Achievement Award. Madam President, Phyllis Guy, surprised us all with a Mardi Gras Mambo which was so much fun!

In the year to come, I hope that every member of every chapter will reach out to a young teacher and encourage them to join Dance Masters of America. With our Student Honors Program and Teachers Training School along with chapter events, examination forums, not to mention our Degreed and Professional membership tiers, there is not another organization in the world like us.

I wish you all a successful year in your studios and I am looking forward to seeing y’all in New Orleans for the 129th DMA National Convention this coming summer.

God Bless

Shely Pack-Manning

DMA National President

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A Message from the President 2011

Dear Members:

As the 2011 summer events come to an end, our memories are complete with sun-filled, exciting days of Workshop classes, Intensives, Scholarship opportunities and thrilling competitions. The 2011 National Convention rivaled some of the past conventions as one of the largest with record breaking workshop attendance–including the very first “MiniWorkshop”which offered classes to our very young dancers. These precious little dancers will be included in future plans. Prior to the national convention, the Ballet Intensive and the inaugural Jazz Intensive got underway with a terrific turnout and outstanding faculty. “Fun in the Sun”, the overall theme of the convention focused on membership growth within each of the chapters. All chapters were presented with suggestions that hopefully will attract interested educators that will become DMA members. In meetings with the Membership Committee, productive and creative ideas were developed in an effort to enhance significant growth within our Chapters. During the convention, delegates and Board members participated in a number of positive discussions that will greatly aid in the unification of goals and objectives for all members of DMA.

The convention opened with the President’s Reception themed, “You Are My Sunshine”, beautifully decorated with sunflowers and ribbons. Each person attending the reception was given a pack of sunflower seeds with a special note— “Plant a seed of happiness…and grow a smile!” I was most pleased to see those smiles flourishing throughout the convention. I hope they will grow throughout the year in all our chapters and hope these smiles will return next year at the  national convention in abundance. Noreen Rhode was named the 2011 DMA Member of the Year and Ann Freeman was the recipient of the Zee Brown Ahern Award. Congratulations to two very deserving members! The 25 year members were recognized and given their pin. In addition a special 50 year member presentation was given.

As in years past, the showcase of talent was exceptional and exciting. The Solo title Scholarship Competition, Performing Arts Competition, Open Scholarship Auditions and the Dance Masters of America Champion of Champions were truly exceptional. The Performing Arts competition was exploding with over 1000 entries! Thanks to the PAC Chairperson and committee for keeping the schedule on time. Over $200,000.00 in Cash and Scholarship money was awarded by DMA to its members and students. Congratulations to all the winners!

The 127th Annual Awards Banquet “Let the Sun Shine” began with a beautiful liturgical performance of the “The Lord’s Prayer” performed by students of Chapter 6 and choreographed by National Past President Jill Chase. Immediately following, the banquet attendees were privileged to be entertained by “Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance”. Such a spectacular performance highlighting many of DMA’s own, we are all so proud of their accomplishments! Awardees,David Parsons (DMA Award) and Joe Tremaine (DMA Presidents Award) were presented proclamations for their widespread achievements in Dance. Fifty-year members were also recognized and presented their pins and plaques.

Additional Highlights of the summer included Teachers Training Program and Student Honors Intensive Program in Buffalo, NY at the State University of NewYork. These highly successful educational programs featured truly outstanding faculty and classes. Let us all continue to promote these wonderful programs to our membership. TTS is being touted as DMA’s Best Kept Secret! Let’s not keep it a secret, let’s share this most wonderful program to all our friends.

Best Wishes to all for a prosperous new dance year and hope your summer plans include the 128th DMA National Convention at the newly renovated Anaheim Marriott Convention Center in Anaheim, California.

God Bless,

Phyllis R. Guy

DMA National President

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Spring 2011 Newsletter

Members of DMA,

It that time of year when there are many deadlines.  The dance world is no exception.   Please make note of the following: DMA Licensing Fees – April 1st;  DMA National Convention (including Ballet & Jazz Intensive) -April 15th; IRS Taxes, April 15th;  Teachers Training School and Student Honor Intensive Program – May 1st; and final preparations for Spring Performances.  Don’t let any of these dates pass you by.  Happy Spring!

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Phyllis R.Guy
National President
Dance Masters of America

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A Message from the President 2010

Dear Members:

As the holiday season fades into just another memory and we begin the New Year, let us not reflect too long on what was or should have been but rather look with anticipation on what could be. DMA has always been a good example of this principle. With its 127 year history DMA has never rested on its laurels but continually looks to improve, create new chapters, establish and expand educational venues, explore new ventures and always look to improve those things we have set in place.

2011 is set to be a very exciting year for DMA. It has been reported that many of the Chapters have had very successful Fall Workshops, Meetings, Scholarship Auditions and Competitions and that many of our members and their students are already making plans to attend the 127th National Convention. This year’s Convention will be held July 3rd through July 9th at the beautiful Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center, in the Greater Orlando Area of Florida. Our Convention Schedule is packed with educational venues (5 Levels more than 115 hours), performance (PAC – Preliminary – Finals – Grand National Championship – Champion of Champions & Solo Titles all with Cash Scholarship Awards) and scholarship opportunities (Cash Scholarship Awards – Joffrey Scholarships – Cecchetti Scholarships), and social activities (President’s Reception – Gala Welcome Party – Annual Awards Banquet).

This year we have revamped the Ballet Intensive Program and added a Jazz Intensive Program to the three day immediately prior to the start of the National Convention – June 30 through July2nd. As you know the Ballet and Jazz Intensives are additional scholarship opportunities for the students who attend. We are excited to announce that a Cecchetti Scholarship will be awarded this year in addition to the Joffrey Scholarships and the DMA Scholarships this summer.

Our Teachers Training School and Student Honors Intensive Program (SHIP) continue to improve and grow. Both of these programs are held at the State University of New York, at Buffalo, Center for the Arts which is a marvelous and professional facility. If you as a teacher have never had the opportunity to attend the TTS program and your students have never participated in SHIP, you have missed two of DMA’s prized accomplishments.

For those of you who have not purchased the new DMA – Modern DVD we suggest that you order one as soon as possible. This wonderful DVD was a labor of love by our First Vice-President Shely Pack-Manning and her husband Jim who worked diligently on this supplement to our Modern Manual. We thank them for their untiring efforts.

With all of these wonderful programs and scholarship – DMA stands alone in the forefront of dance education and generosity. DMA offers more than $200,000.00 is scholarships annually without outside support. It is my privilege to announce that DMA has obtained a 501c3 status with the Internal Revenue Service which now makes it possible to expand our Scholarship Programs and at the same time make us eligible to offer tax benefits to those of you who contribute to these Scholarship Programs. I want to thank Robert Mann and Charleen Locascio for their tireless efforts to make this possible.

I am elated to announce that this year’s DMA Annual Award will be presented to David Parsons and our President’s Award will be presented to Joe Tremaine. The Gaylord Resort DMA discounted room rate is $154.08. Please see the discounted DMA rates to visit “Mickey” at Walt Disney World and “Harry Potter” at Universal Studios in this publication.

So if you are not one of the members who has already made plans to attend the National Convention or one of the other DMA Summer Events, it is not too late, act now, make your plane and hotel reservations and keep in mind the deadline dates APRIL 15TH FOR ALL GAYLORD EVENTS AND MAY 1ST FOR TTS & SHIP.

See you all this summer!

Phyllis Guy

National President

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