Dance Masters of America's

136th National Convention this summer in Orlando has been CANCELED

by Disney's Coronado Springs Resort.

It is with a very sad heart that we announce for the first time in 135 years Dance Masters of America will not host a National Convention. After holding off for as long as possible in making our decision, Disney called us on Monday to inform us they had made the decision to cancel our convention. The size of our event made them unconfident in the ability to follow CDC guidelines for social distancing and safety. It was going to be a logistical nightmare for everyone involved. Along with the fact that their opening was now pushed to July 1st. As bad as we all wanted and needed to have our convention, we truly know this is for the best. We are keeping everyone in our DMA family in our prayers that everything gets back to normal as soon as possible.

 

With that said, we will host a Solo Title Competition at some point before next summer. The date and location will be determined as soon as things in the United States and Canada calm down and everyone is able to travel to be in attendance. This event will be over a long weekend, centrally located in the United States for easier access for anyone wishing to drive instead of fly. If your chapter has not held their title event, please do so as soon as possible and submit your entries via Jotform on the DMA National Website. Please contact an advisory member for suggestions on ways of hosting your event. Once a date and location is established everyone will be informed immediately. We will hold all registration forms that have been submitted to date in the DMA office to be used in our future event. The chapter secretaries will need to replace the "Hold Harmless Waiver " and the notarized "Medical Release" forms, both of which state the location of the event.

UPCOMING EVENTS AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION

HOTEL RESERVATIONS at

Disney's Coronado Springs Resort

 

Please contact the hotel directly either online or by phone. The web address is www.mydisneygroup.com/dma2020nc

or you may call 407-939-4686. Be sure and have your confirmation # and the last name of the person on the reservation.

DISNEY TICKETS PURCHASED THROUGH OUR WEBSITE LINK

​All tickets are non-refundable and non transferable. Any ticket purchased prior to Mach 11, 2020 will expire on December 15, 2020. If are unable to use the ticket prior to 12/15/2020, you may keep the ticket and apply the value paid for the ticket toward the purchase of a new ticket of equal or greater value, anytime in the future. Any cost difference between tickets purchased after Dec. 15, 2020 and the previously purchased tickets would need to be paid by the individual. 

 

Any ticket purchased on or after March 11,2020 will expire in December of 2021. If you are unable to use the ticket prior to 12/15/2021, you may keep the ticket and apply the value paid for the ticket toward the purchase a new ticket of equal or greater value, anytime in the future. Any cost difference between tickets purchased after Dec. 15, 2020 and the previously purchased tickets would

need to be paid by the individual. 

 

Individuals with questions or concerns about their Disney tickets should call the group ticket line at 407-566-5600. A Disney Group Ticket specialist can discuss options with you on a case-by-case basis.

If your tickets were purchased through a travel agent, you will need to contact that agent instead

of Disney for your refund or credit.

 

 

ZOOM CHAPTER CHATS

Over the next several weeks, the Executive Board will be hosting round table discussion via Zoom for our members. The meetings will be held geographically, with a few chapters in certain regions of the country to talk about studio opening suggestions, recitals, virtual classes and any other topic brought up by the members. We will be sending a schedule and zoom invitations via email to all chapters.

 

 

Instagram Live Classes

We had such a wonderful response to Casey and Kurtis's classes that were offered a few weeks ago,

we have decided to offer more guest teacher classes for members and students to take advantage of.

All classes will be FREE of charge in an effort to help our membership.

I know we are all a little ZOOMED out as a method of teaching.

 

 

$1,000 Scholarship to the University of Buffalo

UB will be offering a $1,000 scholarship to a senior student of a DMA member.

Further details will be sent to all chapters this week. If you have a student interested in attending UB, please share this wonderful opportunity with them.