Rhee Gold is a motivational powerhouse and entrepreneur. He is dedicated to inspiring dance teachers to provide positive instruction and curriculum amidst the sometimes negative edge of the growing world of the competition dance circuit. We came to know him a few years ago through his Facebook page “Positive Dance Moms (and Dads)” created in response to the popular but controversial Lifetime Television program Dance Moms. The page, updated daily with inspirational posts, reminds us all of the positive role we do and can play in our children’s lives as dancers.
When we “discovered” Rhee, little did we know the extent of his true force of inspiration. He is the publisher of Dance Studio Life magazine, the producer of DanceLifeTV.com, the founder and director of DanceLife Teacher Conference, DanceLife Retreat Center and Project Motivate.
As the dance field’s first motivational speaker, he has traveled the world presenting motivational and business seminars, as well as keynote addresses for conferences and conventions. His philosophies for the classroom, inspiring students, successful studio ownership and respect for all dance teachers, along with his unmatched passion for dance education have changed the way thousands of teachers and school owners perceive and approach their profession.
Favorite Quote: “Happiness is a choice.” Barry Neil Kauffman
Rhee is the son of Boston theatrical agent and Vaudeville dancer Al Gold and professional dancer Sherry Gold. He credits his mother Sherry, who founded her dance school in the family basement and went on to become one of America’s most respected master teachers, with having the most influence on his life.
From his “Ask Rhee Gold” column he cites, “Sherry Gold taught me that dance is about passion and that a truly good dancer is not only a strong technician but also has the ability to move an audience. My mom also set the example for what can be accomplished with hard work and determination. In her life, dance was a great gift and one that she passed on to a few generations.”
“The audience has no idea about good technique—
they want to be entertained!”
His perspective comes from his broad experience in the field as a dancer, teacher, competition director, and studio owner, all part of the Gold Family business. His philosophies for the classroom, inspiring students, successful studio ownership and respect for all dance teachers, along with his unmatched passion for the field have changed the way thousands of teachers and school owners perceive their profession.
Dance Studio Life is a magazine with a back-to-basics approach. Its mission is to be at the forefront of dance and education by promoting the highest possible standards in teaching.
Gold has authored a management series of handbooks on running a successful studio business, recital, or intensive. His popular book, The Complete Guide to Teaching Dance: An Insider’s Secrets to Personal Reward and Financial Success is now in its second printing. The book is utilized within the curriculum at college and university dance programs throughout the country.
Dance Life Retreat Center is a completely unique meeting place for dance teachers and school owners. It offers one, two and three day seminars on a wide range of subjects for studio owners and teachers. Seminar topics range from studio ownership business to curriculum development and more. Set in a stunning log mansion, nestled amid acres of New England pines, the retreat is designed to provide a break from the day-to-day schedule for dance people to contemplate new business and educational approaches.
Dancer Answer: Advice for Aspiring Young Dancers
Q:@Ballet Luv, Twitter Follower – What is your advice to dancers on auditions?
“The need to dance that runs in your veins
and you can’t get it out of your system,
no matter how hard you try.”
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