Fellow Dance Masters of America Members,It is a privilege and honor to have been elected to serve as your National President at DMA’s 130th National Convention. I will strive to do my best as I serve the membership during the next year and will endeavor to be available to all members.2014 NATIONAL CONVENTION Congratulations to the 2014 Member of the Year, Marlene Merritt, (chapter 8); the Zee Brown Ahern Award recipient Annette DuBose (Chapter 6), and DMA’s Chapter of the Year, Chapter 44, Southern Council of DanceMasters. Congratulations also, to the 25 and 50 year members who were recognized at the Presidents Reception “Enchanted Dream.” This year the Presidents reception was held the day before the convention opened and it proved to be a huge success. It was so nice to be able to enjoy time with our friends in DMA before having to rush off to the next event! Save the date: 2015 Presidents Reception, Saturday June 27, 2015at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.Our days at the National Convention were MAGICAL to say the least. We had a “spooktacular” welcome Party,“Haunted Mansion,” witch (sic) was attended by every ghoul and goblin at DMA! Classes throughout the week were amazing and our faculty was phenomenal! The newest addition to the class list, “College Do’s and Don’ts” presented by our Education Strategy Chairman, Tom Ralabate, was a tremendous success. This class which was attended by both students and parents was the talk of the convention. We are looking forward to instituting this class at our Boston Convention! The PASC was amazing this summer. The 1000+ entries on Team Mickey and Team Minnie competed on two stages during the week, resulting in approximately 70 routines competing in the GNC! The Solo Title Scholarship competitions were elegant and the talent level superb! Look for the amazing pictures online and in the DMA publications! Open Scholarships were held in ballet, tap, jazz, modern, and acro during the convention week.Individual subject winners as well as overall winners were awarded. Throughout the week, DMA awarded over $200,000.00 in cash and workshopscholarships, along with two Broadway Dance Center Scholarships that were presented during the College auditions. We are pleased to say that five colleges had either representatives or brochures at the college forum; we are expecting to see many more in Boston!2014 Honorees The “Be Our Guest” banquet had more than 800 DMA members, dancers, families, and friends in attendance. The banquet honored Life Time Achievement Award winner, Past National President, Glenda Moss; The Dance Masters of America Annual Award was presented to the Martha Graham Company; and the Dance Masters of America President’s Award recipient was Chet Walker. We were honored to have three 50 year members, Ann Freeman Chapter 15; Shari Gysel Chapter 4; and David Smith Chapter 4; in attendance as DMA’s guests at the banquet 2014. Educational programs: Successful DMA summer events continued at the University at Buffalo with SHIP and TTS. SHIP was well attended by dancers age 13-18. The showcase was an incredible tribute to the outstanding students and choreographers! TTS was also a success, examining almost 70 candidates. We are looking forward to announcing new programs that will be added to TTS (instituted in 2016) for Post Graduates of the program. DMA is actively working to launch a second SHIP program for the near future. We are proud to say that DMA is actively continuing to research and provide our members and their students with the most current and best dance education available.As the new dance year begins please mark your calendars with the following dates:“Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Dance” 131st DMA National Convention: Boston, MA: June 28th – July 4thJazz Intensive Boston, MA: June 25th Mini Project Motivate: June 25th SHIP at University at Buffalo – Check in July 21st, Banquet & Showcase July 26th TTS at University at Buffalo – Check in July 27th, Banquet & Showcase Aug. 1st Exam Forums for Chapter Examiners will be held:September 27-28, 2014 Las Vegas, Nevada, October 25-26, 2014 Newark, New Jersey, January 10-11, 2015 Atlanta, GeorgiaInformation about all these events will be announced in the near future. Remember to join us on facebook at the Dance Masters of America page. Wewould like to invite all DMA members to post your chapter happenings on the page; it is a great way for all to keep apprised of Chapter and National events and results! Follow DMA @DMA organization on twitter, and don’t forget to use #dmanational, #dma, #dmachapter in your tweets! Emails announcing DMA news and information will be sent using constant contact to Chapter Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers and Delegates throughout the year. We are again asking chapter secretaries to forward the emails to their membership.As we continue to move forward in 2014 we will strive to serve the membership by continuing to increase communication, provide on-line registration,and to be open to all suggestions and recommendations we receive. If you or your chapter has specific needs please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once again, I would like to thank you for the confidence you have shown in me to lead this prestigious organization.Joanne Zavisa National President, Dance Masters of America, Inc.
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.
DMA National President
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.
Phyllis R. Guy
DMA National President
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!
Dance Masters of America
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!