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Dance Connection helps to Energize in Chicago!
Written by Erin Sforza on September 4, 2018

This year’s Energize Conference in Chicago featured seminars given by Miss Mary and Mr. Joe, who were brought in as industry experts in the field of Dance Studio Management.  The conference was held from August 10th – 12th and included classes and networking events as well as the seminars given by industry experts from all over the world! Miss Mary gave a seminar titled “Teacher Training Program” instructing attendees about the benefits of implementing these programs in their studios, and Mr. Joe presented two seminars, one focusing on “The Art of Pre-Registration” and “Studio Communications Like a Rockstar”.  Both also participated on an expert panel discussing the challenges they have faced as a studio, and the solutions they used to address them.

Many of the teachers in the studio made the trip out to Chicago to support Miss Mary and Mr. Joe, and to take in all the wonderful classes and seminars as well as to benefit from the networking opportunities. They even found some time to take in the sights and explore Chicago as a group!

“We had a fantastic experience, and we hope that we were able to help other studio owners to build their businesses and share their love of dance within their communities”


Mary Naftal

Artistic Director

“I enjoyed the panel discussion in particular, because problem-solving becomes a lot simpler if you can learn from the experiences of fellow studio professionals. My objective was to allow the attendees to focus on quality dance education, which is always the goal in any good studio”


Joe Naftal

Marketing Director

Erin Sforza

Erin is the Public Relations Coordinator for Dance Connection. She studied dance from childhood through college and continues to be an active member of the Long Island theatre community. Erin received a BA in both Musical Theatre Performance and History from the University of Tampa, and has utilized aspects of both degrees working in the hospitality industry, as an Event Coordinator for the Heckscher Museum of Art in Huntington, and as the PR/Marketing Coordinator and Group Sales Coordinator for the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale. In addition to being a part of the Dance Connection staff, she is a Travel Consultant affiliated with and