Rhee Gold is a dance field pioneer who has led a movement that continues to change and improve the face of dance education. Teachers and studio owners from the United States, Australia, Canada, Grand Cayman, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, United Kingdom and more flock to his retreats, seminars, keynote speeches, and conferences to gain fresh perspectives. His columns, inspirational messages, and opinions are shared all over the world.
Launching his first school at the age of fifteen, at a low-income housing project, he learned that dance does change lives and so began a his mission to insure the best dance education for every child–regardless of their financial standing or technical abilities. Gold founded and taught at the Dance Theatre of Boston and Gold Studio III, both Boston based professional schools. He has owned and directed the Gold School in Brockton, MA, which is now under the direction of his twin brother, Rennie, preparing for its fifty-second season.
The Second International Congress of Dance, Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists are just a few of the organizations at which Gold has served at as a master teacher.
The Founder and CEO of several businesses, Rhee has a proven record for success. In 2012 he opened the doors to the DanceLife Retreat Center, where hundreds of dance teachers and school owners attend business seminars, curriculum workshops and motivational weekends. His DanceLife Teacher Conference is one of the largest gatherings of dance educators in the world. From 2004 through 2018, he was owner and publisher of Dance Studio Life (DSL) magazine. Gold owns the Rhee Gold’s DanceLife Store, which offers business and classroom tools, music, curriculum, books and more.
The International Dance Entrepreneurs Association (I.D.E.A.) launched in 2016, Gold’s latest venture. It is the world’s first business association for dance school owners with the purpose of offering its 300+ world-wide members the tools to grow their businesses and create a culture of success. I.D.E.A. is improving the face of dance education, one school at a time.
Rhee’s writing has propelled his philosophies world-wide. He is the author of The Complete Guide to Teaching Dance: An Insider’s Secrets to Personal Reward and Financial Success, now in its second printing, He has been an education columnist for Dance Magazine, and is the author of hundreds of articles and columns for publications around the world.
Gold gives back to the dance community through volunteer work with many organizations. He has served as board member and president of Dance Masters of New England, Dance Masters of America , United Dance Merchants of America, and the Founding Co-Chair of UNITY. Currently he serves as a board member for I’m a Dancer Against Cancer, the Andréa Rizzo Foundation, and as an advisory board member for Dance Educators of America.
Gold received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Industry Dance Awards (2014), Dance Educators of America (2015) and Dance Masters of New England (2016).