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JULY 21 - 23  |  MOHEGAN SUN, UNCASVILLE, CT

Soul Dancer Conference is a totally unique experience that brings out everything that makes dance so special. Designed for dancers, parents and teachers, the focus is on the passion and joy of dance. This year's schedule features faculty and sessions dedicated to helping everyone dig deeper into their souls to find that joy within themselves that is expressed through dance.

SOUL - DAY 1 July 21, 2024
8:00 am - 9:15 am

ATTENDEE REGISTRATION & VISIT EXHIBITOR BOOTHS

UNCAS BALLROOM PREFUNCTION

Visit the colleges, universities and companies that help make Soul Dancer Conference possible

9:15 am - 10:00 am

WELCOME TO SOUL!

SALON C - MAINSTAGE

Faculty Introduction & morning motivation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

TEACHER: Choreo Workshop

SALON C - MAINSTAGE

Diane provides teachers with a comprehensive exploration of choreographic techniques. Gain insight into delving into your creative depths to craft fresh, age-appropriate works that resonate conceptually. Explore staging, formations, and patterns to enhance your choreographic vision.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

YOUNG DANCER: Hip Hop

SALON D

10:00 am - 11:00 am

DANCER: Jazz

SALON B

10:00 am - 11:00 am

PARENT: How Cool is That!?

NPP

Join Rhee for the inaugural parents' session of the conference. Be inspired by his motivation and passion for dance education, as he highlights the invaluable life skills that dance instills in young people. Rhee's expertise in working with dance parents ensures impactful messages that resonate long after the session ends.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

DANCER & TEACHER: Commercial Jazz

SALON C - MAINSTAGE

Tiffany Warford (OKCU)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

YOUNG DANCER: Lyrical

SALON D

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

DANCER: Ballet

SALON B

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

SPECIAL EVENT: College Bound Dancers - Charting Your Path

SALON C (MAINSTAGE)

This is part 1 of 2 sessions for dancers, parents, and teachers. Discover the world of higher education for young dancers with Rhee Gold and college representatives. In two engaging sessions, dancers, parents, and teachers will explore the differences between colleges, universities, and conservatories, delve into dance major and minor options, and uncover various career paths in higher ed. Learn how your dance experience can shape a unique career journey within the dance community. Receive personalized advice from the experts with special Q&A sessions.

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

YOUNG DANCER: Ballet

SALON B

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

LUNCH BREAK

MOHEGAN SUN RESTAURANTS & SHOPS

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

PARENT: Improvisation

SALON C (MAINSTAGE)

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

YOUNG DANCER: Jazz

SALON D

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

DANCER: Hip Hop

SALON B

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

VISIT THE EXHIBITORS

UNCAS BALLROOM PREFUNCTION

Visit the colleges, universities and companies that help make Soul Dancer Conference possible.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

YOUNG DANCER: Come Chill Out & Dance - Stress Free Life

SALON C (MAINSTAGE)

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

DANCER: Latin Dance

SALON D

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

TEACHER: Tap Technique

SALON B

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

PARENT: Motivational Talk

NPP

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

SPECIAL EVENT Beyond the Stage: Exploring Dance Careers

SALON C - MAINSTAGE

Rhee Gold and Kiana Simler highlight the extensive career avenues within the dance world, stressing its reach beyond performance. Explore paths such as dance therapy, company direction, photography, design, judging, administration, writing, directing, teaching, studio ownership are just some of the options to be explored. Dance can offer fulfilling journeys for all who are passionate about the art of dance.

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

YOUNG DANCER: Journaling Workshop

SALON B

At Soul, we empower our young dancers to believe in themselves and cultivate skills that enhance their lives both in dance and beyond. Led by Heather Wanner, this special session will teach young dancers the art of journaling, providing a tool they can carry with them into the future to foster personal growth and self-expression.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

DINNER BREAK

MOHEGAN SUN RESTAURANTS & OUTLETS

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

GALA CHOREO REHEARSAL

SALON C - MAINSTAGE

The Soul Dance Conference cordially invites all dancers and their parents to join us for the Soul Celebration Gala Performance, marking the culmination of our event. In this 2-hour choreography and staging session, participants will come together to prepare for a closing performance that promises to be unforgettable.

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

TEACHER: Hangout

SALON B

SOUL - DAY 2 July 22, 2024
8:30 am - 9:00 am

VISIT THE EXHIBITORS

UNCAS BALLROOM PREFUNCTION

Visit the colleges, universities and companies that help make Soul Dancer Conference possible.

9:00 am - 9:45 am

Morning Meet Up

SALON C - MAINSTAGE

Start day two with excitement at the morning Meet-Up with Geo and Heather! Expect motivation, games, trivia, and even prizes. No matter what unfolds, attendees will kickstart their day with energy and enthusiasm, setting the tone for an unforgettable day ahead.

9:45 am - 10:45 am

TEACHER: Commercial Jazz

SALON C - MAINSTAGE

9:45 am - 10:45 am

YOUNG DANCER: Contemporary

SALON D

9:45 am - 10:45 am

DANCER: Ballet

SALON B

9:45 am - 10:45 am

Just the Guys

NPP

"Just the Guys" offers male dancers at the Soul Dancer Conference an intimate gathering led by Rhee and faculty. It's an opportunity for male dancers to connect, share experiences, and delve into the unique aspects of their dance journey.

10:45 am - 11:45 am

DANCER: Contemporary

SALON C (MAINSTAGE)

10:45 am - 11:45 am

YOUNG DANCER: Jazz

SALON D

10:45 am - 11:45 am

TEACHER: Latin Jazz

SALON B

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

DANCER: Commercial Jazz

SALON C - MAINSTAGE

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

YOUNG DANCER: Hip Hop

SALON D

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

TEACHER: Technique Workshop

SALON B

11:45 am - 12:45 pm

PARENT: The Dance of Life

NPP

12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

LUNCH BREAK

MOHEGAN SUN RESTAURANTS & SHOPS

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

SPECIAL EVENT College Bound Dancers: Charting Your Path Part 2

SALON C - MAINSTAGE

Dancers, Parents & TeThis is part 2 of 2 sessions for dancers, parents, and teachers. Discover the world of higher education for young dancers with Rhee Gold and college representatives. In two engaging sessions, dancers, parents, and teachers will explore the differences between colleges, universities, and conservatories, delve into dance major and minor options, and uncover various career paths in higher ed. Learn how your dance experience can shape a unique career journey within the dance community. Receive personalized advice from the experts with special Q&A sessions.

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

YOUNG DANCER: Dance Like Everyone is Watching

SALON B

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

VISIT THE EXHIBITORS

UNCAS BALLROOM PREEFUNCTION

Visit the colleges, universities and companies that help to make Soul Dancer Conference possible.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

DANCER: Hip Hop

SALON C - MAINSTAGE

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

OPEN: Jazz

Salon D

Musical Theatre Jazz presented by Hope College rep, Lindsey Hanson. A fun class using the music of "Hairspray the Musical"

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

YOUNG DANCER: Tap

SALON B

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

TEACHER: Navigating Perfectionism & Unreasonable Expectations

NPP

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

DANCER: Movement Exploration Workshop

SALON C - MAINSTAGE

In the class, Jason guides dancers through improv work, partner resistance exercises, as well as freestyle exercises inspired by hip hop. This, combined with a choreographed sequence, helps dancers not only understand their own movements but also learn how to apply them within a combination.

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

YOUNG DANCER: Latin Jazz

SALON D

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

TEACHER: Old School Jazz

SALON B

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

PARENT & TEACHER: Reframing Success: Beyond the Trophies

NPP

While competition has its place in dance education, it's not the sole measure of success. Join Rhee for a passionate discussion on redefining success in our classrooms and personal lives. Explore the notion that true success extends beyond trophies and awards.

5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

DINNER BREAK

MOHEGAN SUN RESTAURANTS & OUTLETS

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

DANCER: Creating a Peak Performance Mindset

SALON C - MAINSTAGE

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

YOUNG DANCER: Improvisation

SALON B

7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

PARENT: Closed Door Hip Hop

SALON D

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

DANCER: Special Event - Audition Workshop

SALON C - MAINSTAGE

If dance is a significant part of your life, auditions are inevitable. Join Liz Imperio in this special session to uncover the audition process and learn how to stand out and secure the job. While open to both dancers and young dancers, we recommend that young dancers observe rather than participate.

SOUL - DAY 3 July 23, 2024
8:30 am - 9:00 am

VISIT THE EXHIBITORS

UNCAS BALLROOM PREFUNCTION

Visit the colleges, universities and companies that help make Soul Dancer Conference possible.

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Gala Rehearsal

SALON C - MAINSTAGE

Rehearsal for all dancers and their parents to join us for the Soul Celebration Gala Performance, marking the culmination of our event. At this rehearsal session, participants will come together to clean and stage the closing performance that promises to be unforgettable.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

DANCER: Improvisation

SALON C - MAINSTAGE

10:00 am - 11:00 am

YOUNG DANCER: Jump & Turn Workshop

SALON D

10:00 am - 11:00 am

DANCER: Acro Workshop

SALON B

10:00 am - 11:00 am

PARENT: Supporting My Young Artist

NPP

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

DANCER: Roadmap to Influencing with Jason

SALON C - MAINSTAGE

This class will delve into my personal journey as a dance influencer, starting from the beginning of my teaching career until now. We'll discuss what has worked, and what hasn't, as well as explore the marketing and networking aspects of dance. Additionally, I'll introduce dancers to the basics of content creation, drawing from my experience as a videographer for over 8 years. We'll cover apps, angles, and how to generate content efficiently.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

YOUNG DANCER: Technique Exploration

SALON D

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

TEACHER: Contemporary

SALON B

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

YOUNG DANCER: Acro Workshop

SALON B

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

DANCER: Tap

SALON B

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Teaching Dance is My Dream

NPP

Join us for a special workshop designed for dancers aspiring to become dance teachers. Discover what it's like and what it takes to pursue this fulfilling path. Learn how to prepare yourself starting now. Teaching dance is about sharing the gift of movement with every child, regardless of their skill level. Join Ashley and Heather as they cover these topics and more in this insightful session.

1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

BREAK

Prepare for Soul Celebration

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

SOUL CELEBRATION

UNCAS BALLROOM

Come celebrate with us! Food stations, performances & more!

PARENTS... Create a unique bonding experience with your young dancer
Soul welcomes dance parents! We encourage you to participate in this unique dance conference where you have the chance to discover all the life-skills gained and the numerous opportunities that are open to your passionate dancer. Sessions include actual movement (not intimidating), panel discussions, workshops with a licensed professional counselor, college & university reps, and so much more. Parents are also invited to participate in a closing performance at the Soul Celebration.

TEACHERS
Not only are there dedicated classes/sessions for teachers, but you will have the opportunity to explore the activities happening in all 4 ballrooms. Experience a unique teacher training experience that will inspire you as a mentor, leader and teacher. 

Soul dancers
Dancers $459
Includes SOUL Celebration ticket
Teachers  $459
Includes SOUL Celebration ticket
Parents $199
Includes SOUL Celebration ticket
Studio Owners... Register Your Dancers & SAVE

How it works: Based on the number of students a studio owner registers for Soul Dancer Conference, you may choose to have a credit issued, applicable to any studio owner / teacher / office admin registrations for DanceLife Teacher Conference OR a complimentary teacher registration(s) to Soul Dancer Conference. Credit may only be applied to registrations for 2024 conferences.

  • 6-10 students = 1 teacher complimentary OR 5% credit of total Soul registrations
  • 11-20 students = 2 teachers complimentary OR 6% credit of total Soul registrations
  • 21-30 students = 3 teachers complimentary OR 7% credit of total Soul registrations
  • 31+ students = 5 teachers complimentary OR 8% credit of total Soul registrations
Need assistance registering a large group of students / teachers / parents?
We want to make it easy for you! Click HERE to download an Excel template you can complete and email to greg@rheegold.com, and we will get you ready and registered!