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Joe Naftal
Joe Naftal

Marketing Director

Joe has been involved in Dance Connection in various ways throughout his entire life! In the early years it was taking dance classes and anxiously looking forward to being the “announcer” of the recital each year. Today, Joe is responsible for overseeing a large variety of the company’s operations in a dual role as the studio’s Marketing Director and Production Manager. When not working at Dance Connection, Joe has a career as a theatrical lighting designer, assistant designer, and production manager. His experience spans the worlds of classical and contemporary theatre, musicals, ballet, modern dance, and opera.  In addition to his work at Dance Connection, Joe wrote a book on Recital Production that has been published in the US, Canada, the UK, and Australia, and serves as the CEO for the Penny Prima™ brand of products and licensed programs. He has taught seminars for dance studio owners from across the world as a member of the Panel of Experts and as a faculty member at Dance Teacher Summit in New York City, the Energize Conference in Chicago, and for the UDMA Dance Teacher Expos in New Jersey, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Atlanta, and has been featured several times in the business section of Dance Teacher Magazine.  He serves on the Board of Directors of CM Performing Arts Center and Robin Becker Dance.  Joe holds a BFA from UNC School of the Arts and is a proud member of United Scenic Artists (USA829) and the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).

News & Features

Dance Connection Launches Penny Prima™ Brand
Getting to Know You: Mr. Joe!
Mr. Joe Presents at the Energize 2019 Conference
DC Behind the Scenes: Making The Lion King – Lighting and Projections
Getting to Know You: Mr. Joe!
Dance Connection helps to Energize in Chicago!
Local Dance Studio Experts on National Conference Panel
Backstage at Recital: The Making of Beauty and the Beast
Spring Playlist: Tunes to celebrate the season!
Getting to Know You: Mr. Joe!
Recital Playlist: Selections from 2018 Production
Mr. Joe Energizes Dance Studio Owners in Chicago
It’s Graduation Time!
Summer Playlist: Ultimate road trip tunes
How Pre-Registration creates a Fall Class Schedule
Getting to Know You: Mr. Joe
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