Top 10 Reasons to Attend ​Dance Teacher​ Summit

1. SUMMIT VIRTUAL PASS - After the event, each attendee will be able to view dance classes, seminars and events held at the Summit online!

2. A BONDING EXPERIENCE - There's no better way to strengthen your relationships and get renewed for the new year!

3. ADD VALUE TO YOUR COMPANY - For studio owners, a trip to Dance Teacher Summit is a great way to recognize the staff that work to keep your company operating successfully. Register three teachers together and a fourth teacher comes free!


4. THE SUMMIT PANEL - A great way to end a wonderful three days of dance! All attendees are invited to a night of special guests and need-to-know topics!

5. EXPERIENCE THE EXHIBIT HALL - Preview all things dance for the upcoming year and receive special attendee discounts and lots of free giveaways!

6. NOT JUST EDUCATIONAL, BUT FUN - Our special events include a Fashion Show, Choreography Competition and Special Guest Performances.

7. LEARN THAT YOU'RE NOT ALONE - With 1,500 of your peers gathered under one roof, you'll have an excellent opportunity to network, share ideas and forge new relationships.

8. IT'S AT THE BEACH - Sunny, beautiful Long Beach. Dip your toes in the sand at California's ultimate beach destination!

9. THE GUEST ARTISTS - Master dance teachers as well as the best business coaches join forces to bring you the most diverse teachers-only event in the world!

10. THE MOST IMPORTANT REASON: YOU - Reward yourself, be inspired and get re-energized at the Dance Teacher Summit.

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