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JoeTJOE TREMAINE
INTERNATIONALLY KNOWN CHOREOGRAPHER AND TEACHER

Joe Tremaine started dancing when he was four years old, and hasn’t stopped since. This charismatic, six foot tall man grew up in tiny Oak Ridge, Louisiana (population 250) and, until he was old enough to drive, his mother would take him to dance class three times a week in Monroe, 35 miles away.

Joe began teaching dance in high school and then furthered his passion in college. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology at Northeastern University of Louisiana and moved to New Orleans where he trained and performed at the New Orleans Ballet Association and New Orleans Opera. Joe then moved to New York City to pursue a career in theatre, where he swiftly landed dance and summer stock jobs.

He performed in Caterina Valente’s European Shows, became a June Taylor Dancer on "The Jackie Gleason TV Show", worked on the movie "Hello, Dolly," performed in "Ed SullivanSpecials" and was asked to be the lead dancer on "The Jerry Lewis Show" at NBC Television in Burbank; a career move which brought him to Los Angeles, California, in 1967 and where he had a very successful career as a performer.

There he put together his own act called "Black, White and 14". It opened a new room at Anaheim’s Grand Hotel, and on opening night, Las Vegas producers Line Renaud and Loulou Gaste helicoptered in, caught the performance and hired them on the spot to star in their new Las Vegas review "Flesh". The show ran for a year at Caesar’s Palace and regularly sold out shows.

JOE TREMAINE DANCE CENTER & TREMAINE DANCE CONVENTIONS:
Joe opened his own studio in California in the 1970's, "Joe Tremaine Dance Center"; the dance studio to the stars, where he had thousands of students pass through his door. After nearly 30 years, he stepped aside from the Dance Center in order to devote more time to the conventions and competitions. Tremaine Dance Conventions and Competitions was established 1981. President Joe Tremaine and his staff tour the country to about 25 cities every year bringing professional choreography/teaching to over 50,000 dancers nationwide.

CREDENTIALS
B.A. in Psychology - Northeastern Louisiana University - Monroe
Tremaine Dance Center - Owner & Teacher for over 23 years
University of California - Irvine & Riverside campuses
Arizona State University - Phoenix
University of Arizona - Tucson
Northeastern University - Boston
California State University - Long Beach
San Diego State University - San Diego
Board of Councillors of University of Southern California School of Theater
Former Vice President of the Professional Dancers Society of America
Co-Founder of the Professional Dancers Society’s Scholarship Program
Member of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
Board of Advisors of the American Dance Awards
Board of Directors of the Professional Dancers Society
Board of Advisors of the Jazz Dance World Congress
Board of Advisors of Premiere Performing Arts in New York
among others...

AWARDS & HONORS RECEIVED
"Lifetime Achievement Award" - Kids Artistic Review - 2013
"Lifetime Achievement Award" - Dance Studio Life Magazine - 2011
"Star Teacher" Legacy Award from Dancers Over 40 - 2011
Special Recognition from Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal for his Contribution to the Arts - 2011
"President's Award" - Dance Masters of America - 2011
"Man of the Year" - The Michael Awards - 2008
"Tremaine Dance Convention & Competition Days" Proclamation from NY Mayor Michael Bloomberg - 2007 
"Extaordinary Contribution to The Dancer and the Dance World" - Professional Dancers Society - 2006
"Best Dance Instruction Video" - American Video Conference
"Best Instructional Video in the World" - Billboard/MTV
"Joe Tremaine Day" - State of Louisiana
"Joe Tremaine Day" - City of Shreveport, LA
"Key to the City" - City of Shreveport, LA
"Key to the City" - Monroe, LA
"Outstanding Achievement in Dance Education" - The Bob Fosse Awards
"Excellence in Jazz Dance" - Dance Educators of America
"Founders Award" - Friendship Through Dance
"Gus Giordano Lifetime Achievement Award" - Jazz Dance World Congress
"Lifetime Achievement Award" - Jazz Dance L.A.
"Lifetime Achievement Award" - Retter Productions
"Lifetime Achievement Award" - Dance Under the Stars, Palm Springs, CA
"The Gypsy Robe" - Professional Dancers Society
Judge at the Miss America Pageant 1998
National Spokesman for National Dance Week 2000
...among others

RheeRHEE GOLD
is the publisher of Dance Studio Life magazine and the producer of DanceLifeTV.com. 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.

Gold authored The Complete Guide to Teaching Dance: An Insider’s Secrets to Personal Reward and Financial Success, now in its second printing. The book has received rave reviews from thousands of teachers, school owners, universities and dance organizations. It is utilized within the curriculum at college and university dance programs throughout the country.

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.

Son of the late Sherry Gold who founded her dance school in the family basement and went on to become one of America’s most respected master teachers, Rhee has experienced the dance life from many perspectives. Today the Gold family school is housed in a ten thousand square foot facility, directed by his brother, Rennie Gold.
Gold has served as . . .

  • Chair of UNITY

  • National President of Dance Masters of America

  • Education Columnist for Dance Magazine

  • Master Teacher: Second International Congress of Dance, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Founder of Project Motivate

  • Founder of DanceLife Teacher Conference

GreggGREGG RUSSELL
is an Emmy nominated choreographer and has worked with such stars as: Bette Midler, Gene Kelly, The Nicholas Brothers, Michael Jackson, Gregory Hines, Kenny Ortega.  He directed a commercial for Carvel Ice Cream and has also performed with numerous music artists: Reba McEntire, Smashmouth, The B-52‘s, Jason Mraz.

Gregg’s latest projects include dancing in a Volkswagon national commercial, performing on “Dancing with the Stars”, and training ballroom star Derek Hough for an upcoming feature film.  He has also performed and emceed Dance Halloween charity event with Jamie Lee Curtis, along with choreographing and dancing on the new TV show “Mobbed”. 

He recently completed competing and making it to the semi-finals on the CBS TV show “Live to Dance” hosted by Paula Abdul.  He currently is traveling and working on Co. Dance conventions ( www.codance.com), and writing for the dance publication, Dance Studio Life.

Future endeavors include choreographing and performing for various tap companies and festivals throughout the country, and producing a live stage show with his tap company, Tap Sounds Underground, opening in Los Angeles in 2013!

JoJO ROWAN
Production Director and Writer, and Director of OCU's The American Spirit Dance Company

Formerly ballet mistress of the Dallas Ballet, Rowan has taught for all major dance organizations in the United States. Jo conducted master classes at the St. Louis and Detroit Tap Festivals, toured America as ballerina with Dance Olympus, taught for Dance America and at the Boston Ballet, and adjudicated for North American Ballet Festival Competition in Boston.

Jo Rowan is a nationally known master ballet teacher and performer, and is Chairman of the Oklahoma City University Dance Department and founder of the American Spirit Dance Company. Rowan was trained at the School of American Ballet and has performed with the Metropolitan Opera Ballet, the Dallas Opera, the Philadelphia Opera, the Tulsa Opera, and the Cincinnati Opera. She has also performed as a guest artist with the Baltimore, Kansas City, and Cincinnati Symphony Orchestras. Rowan has appeared in over 60 Equity musicals, numerous television commercials, and was a regular on the PBS TV show, Consumer Survival Kit. At Lyric Theater of Oklahoma, she performed in Grand Hotel as the ballerina Grushinskaya. She has also produced her own children's show which toured throughout the Northeast.

Rowan has created dance instruction records, tapes, and video on the Hoctor, Stepping Tones, and Statler labels. Formerly ballet mistress of the Dallas Ballet, Rowan has taught for all major dance organizations in the United States and holds degrees in fashion design and dance from the University of Cincinnati. In 1981, Jo began the American Spirit Dance Company for the purposes of celebrating America's unique contributions to dance through jazz, tap, and musical theatre and to provide students with professional performance opportunities. Over the years, the OCU dance program with its outstanding faculty, has achieved international stature as a leader in preparing dancers and managers for professional careers in the entertainment industry.

 

RoniRONI MAHLER
is a former ballerina, trained by the renowned Madame Maria Yurieva Swoboda in her native New York City. She performed principal roles with American Ballet Theatre and the National Ballet of Washington (D.C.), after beginning her career as a teenager with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Ms. Mahler is currently the Artistic Associate of Dennis Nahat's Ballet San Jose in California, where she continues to perform caractère roles. Her New York City teaching credits include The Alvin Ailey School, Ballet Academy East, Ballet Tech,The Joffrey School and Juilliard.

Ms. Mahler's extensive repertoire has included Myrta, Queen of the Wilis, in Giselle; Swanilda in Coppelia, Odette/Odile in the full-length Swan Lake, the Flower Girl in Gaite Parisienne, the Female Matchmaker in Les Noces, the Elder Sister in Pillar of Fire, Emilia in The Moor's Pavane and, more recently, The Countess in District Storyville. Juliet's Nurse and Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet and Her Stepmother in Fall River Legend. She has also danced leads in Les Sylphides, Raymonda, The Four Temperaments and Serenade.

Following appearances as a guest artist with Australia's Sydney Festival Ballet and at the Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Roni Mahler spent six years as director of Dance at Kansas State University (1974-1980.) She initiated their Dance degree program, co-founded and co-directed the KSU Dance Workshop, received an Outstanding Teaching Award in 1975 and was selected as an Outstanding Young Woman of America for the year 1978. She is the creator of a series of educational recordings and manuals devoted to ballet technique, as well as a program entitled "Ballet Movement For the Athlete" which she eventually customized for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.

In 1988, Ms. Mahler choreographed for Cynthia Gregory and Fernando Bujones at New York's City Center. She subsequently served as Artistic Advisor for Ms. Gregory and Company during their 1992 Taiwan tour.

Roni Mahler is the recipient of the 2003 President's Award from the Dance Masters of America, the 1992 the Dance Educators of America Award and the 1994 Artistic Achievement Award from the Chicago National Association of Dance Masters. In 1996, she received the first annual Roni Mahler Award, established by Kansas State University and presented each year to honor outstanding effort on behalf of dance in the Manhattan community. In 1999, the University named a new ballet facility the Roni Mahler Studio.

Ms. Mahler is the creator of three ballet instruction videos: "How To Improve Your Ballet Technique," "How To Improve Your Pirouettes" and "How To Improve Your Pointe Technique." Her fitness video entitled "Stretch It!" improves flexibility and range of motion.

Since 1993, Roni Mahler has been an annual instructor at the acclaimed Rancho La Puerta Spa in Tecate, Mexico, where she is the guest presenter each year for its Ballet Weeks. She also taught ballet for Syracuse University's Tepper Semester in New York City and continues to offer master classes and seminars in this country and abroad. In 1996, she served as Guest Teacher-In-Residence for the inaugural semester of the School of Ballet San Jose.

 

RoniSUSAN EPSTEIN
Dancer, Educator, Lecturer, Entrepreneur, Dancerpreneur. Susan Epstein was born into the dance world, and at an early age worked in her family’s renowned dance retail business, Taffy’s. She studied dance and began performing at a young age.

Susan earned a BFA in Dance from Southern Methodist University and did graduate work at Case Western Reserve University. After a NYC dance career, Susan joined the family business full time. In that role, she is credited with introducing several innovative products and services, building the business and then selling it to the international brand, Capezio.

Susan then became an established industry marketing and merchandising consultant. Clients include Perform Group, LLC/Curtain Call, Dance Spirit Magazine and Danskin. She is a past president of The United Dance Merchants of America and is the founder of the UDMA Dance Resource and Costume Show, directing it for over 20 years. Susan continues her interest in dance and dance products, consulting with industry leaders and guiding them to new opportunities.With her partner, John Hickey, she formed West Park Productions, an Event and Production Management company.

Susan founded Dance Pathways, a website and lecture series that invites the conversation, exploration and commentary on the opportunities for dancers. Susan authors articles, blogs and lectures, participates in panel discussions and hosts speaking engagements focused on dance colleges and careers. With the goal of educating dancers, parents and teachers of the many pathways their training can take them, she focuses on guiding performing and teaching to community engagement, and from business and entrepreneurial ventures to dance therapy and healing.

Currently Susan is the Committee Chair for the New York Exploring Program, Advisor for the Discover Dance:NYC program, and Merchandise Consultant for Gibney Dance. She is an active member of NDEO, is the Director of Conferences for NYSDEA , is the Co-Chairperson of UNITY and is a past member of The National Dance Week Foundation. Susan is a contributing writer for websites: Dance Life and More Than Dancers and has presented seminars at Southern Methodist University/Dance Division, Marymount University/Dance Capstone, NDEO and The Pulse Teacher Workshop.

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