2021 DMA Teachers Training School 
Event Update as of 7/23/21







T T S 2021

Dance Masters of America is EXCITED TO ANNOUNCE the 2021 Teachers Training School

WILL BE HELD JULY 30 - August 3, 2021 (Arrival July 29th - Departure August 4th, 2021)


Buffalo Marriott Niagara Hotel

1340 Millersport Hwy

Amherst, NY 14221

(located across from the UB Amherst campus)

Hotel Rate $125.00 (+ taxes) per night

includes breakfast & complimentary hotel shuttle from the airport.

REDISTRATION DEADLINE is closed at this time for 2021.


July 30 at 7:45AM at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara Hotel.

For TTS attendees, if you are already in the program, the 7 year absence rule will be extended to 8 years  due to the fact that we were unable to provide the program this year. 

TTS Registration is closed for 2021


       Motivating and Inspiring Dance Educators Worldwide




                            2021 NEW LOCATION

                     Buffalo Marriott Niagara Hotel

            1340 Millersport Highway, Amherst, NY 14221

        (this location is across from the University of Buffalo North Campus)

July 30 – August 3, 2021

(Suggested arrival July 29th - Departure August 4th)

Deadline Date for All Pre-registration has been extended to - July 10, 2021


July 30 at 7:45AM at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara Hotel


For questions or further information contact:

Administrator I                 Administrator II                             DMA National Treasurer

Phyllis Guy                       Dody Flynn                                   Charleen Locascio

31863 Avants Road            6 Watch Hill Road                          4621 Reich Street

Walker, LA 70785              Sandy Hook, CT 06482                    Metairie, LA 70006

pdbdance@cox.net           dancedimensionsllc@yahoo.com      dmatreas@bellsouth.net

(225) 938-9261                 (203) 417-4355                               (504) 454-1376


Dance Masters of America’s Teachers Training School wishes to express our sincere appreciation to our attendees for their loyal support as we celebrate the programs Fiftieth year.


TTS was established at the turn of the century because DMA wanted to offer to its members

and future members a professional program that provides both basic and advanced teaching techniques for all Dance Educators. The focus of the program is on education, where attendees learn proven teaching principles, fundamental dance techniques, build a core dance syllabus, and methods for successfully applying these skills in the classroom.


Although the Dance Masters of America has always included a program for the training of dance educators into their curriculum, it wasn’t until 1970 when it was moved to Kent State University where it evolved into the program known as the “Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School.” To accommodate the rapidly growing enrollment and to further enhance the program, Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School was moved to the beautiful facilities of the State University of New York at Buffalo’s Center for the Arts.


Master teachers instruct classes in teaching techniques for all disciplines of dance: ballet, tap, jazz, modern, lyrical, theatre dance, Hip Hop and specialty classes.


In recognition of this Golden Anniversary, we are inviting all present and former attendees

to celebrate this great achievement.

Mandatory registration for all participants will be July 29th time to be announced.


Mission Statement 

To provide a comprehensive curriculum, an outstanding faculty, a unique focus on technique and teaching skills, and the nurturing of camaraderie among fellow Dance Educators.


To provide both a creative and structured pathway for quality learning by recognizing the full potential of dance education and the many integrated inroads that will benefit teachers and their promising students.


Object Statement

Successful completion of the four-year program and examinations result in Dance Masters of America certification in dance education, where teachers are certified by test to teach.


Membership is available through a chapter.

For Chapter information click here


Age Requirement - Student must be 18 years of age to participate in the TTS program.



DMA Members & Assistant      $500.00    

Non-Members & Assistants     $575.00    


  • No registrations accepted after July 20, 2021.

  • There will be a $50.00 late fee for all registrations received after July 10, 2021.

  • There will be a $75.00 late fee for all registrations received after July 20, 2021.

  • There is a 20% handling fee on all refunds made prior to June 1, 2021.

  • Absolutely no refunds or credits permitted after June 1, 2021.


Teachers Training School Placement Requirements:

  • Attendees cannot move to the next level if more than 4 years has lapsed between grades.

**please note for those already in the program the 7 year absence rule will be extended to 8 years due to the cancellation of the 2020 program from the Corona Virus Pandemic.

  • Attendees must complete grade 4 in a 7 year period (complete Grade 4 not necessarily test out of grade 4.)


Grade I             First Year Student                    All first-time attendees

Grade II            Second Year Student                Successfully completed Grade 1

Grade III           Third Year Student                   Successfully completed Grade 1 & 2

Grade IV           Fourth Year Student                 Successfully completed Grade 1, 2 & 3; attend advanced curriculum                                                                         classes; examination review classes; prepare for TTS examinations.

Advanced:                                                     Successfully completed Grade 1, 2, 3 & 4 without testing or                                                                                     successfully passed one core subject. Advance students will receive                                                                         a certificate of advancement. When returning will register as an


Tier 5                                                           Requires successfully passing the TTS Grade 4 exam in the core

                                                                   subject studied.   

Associate:                                                     Successfully completed Grade 1, 2, 3 & 4;  successfully passed a                                                                               minimum of 2 core subject examinations. Associates shall receive a                                                                           Certificate of Achievement. When returning will register as an                                                                                    Associate.

Graduate:                                                     Successfully completed Grade 1, 2, 3 & 4; successfully passed 4 core                                                                            subject examinations. Graduates shall receive a Teachers Training                                                                               School Diploma. When returning will register as a Graduate.

Tier 5 Master                                                 Completed the three-year program and successfully passed an 

                                                                   examination in the selected core subject in the Dance Education                                                                               Program.

Special Note to All Attendees

Assessments & Exams

Grade 1, 2, & 3 will be given assessments. This assessment will be used to evaluate the course and to help you prepare for Grade 4 exams. These assessments are returned to you after the last class of the week. There are no grades recorded.


Grade 4 may be examined in the core subject of their choice. These examinations may be used for membership into Dance Masters of America.



Attendance is mandatory for all classes. Students are allowed three excused absences that must be evaluated by the administration.  Any absences beyond three will prevent the student from receiving certification for that current level.  NO ONE WILL BE EXCUSED FROM THE LAST THREE CLASSES OF THE PROGRAM. 

Tardiness: Students are to be at all classes on time and checked in for attendance before the class begins. Three tardiness will result in one absence. 5 minutes late is considered tardy.



For 2021 will be held at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara Hotel. Students must stay in their assigned grade level participating in all classes.

Dress Code

All participants must be attired under the following guidelines:

                           Dancewear: leotards, shorts, pants, t-shirt - No bare mid-drifts.

                           Cover-ups must be worn outside the classroom,

                           Appropriate shoes for each class (no socks in place of shoes).


Meals - Are the responsibility of each participant.


Orientation Meeting


July 30 at 7:45AM at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara Hotel.

There is a mandatory orientation meeting, for all levels, held before the start of classes on the first day. 



Students ages 18 and older are to fully participate in all classes unless a written excuse has been evaluated by the Administration.  If injured after registration and before June 1st, the student is to notify the National Treasurer before making travel plans. All written excuses must be supported by a doctor’s recommendation for participation. All pregnant students must have a certificate from their doctor allowing them to fully participate in the program. 



Proper classroom decorum

Proper classroom decorum must be shown at all times.  Example: Excessive talking, gum chewing, disrespect towards faculty, poor attitude, use of foul language are not acceptable. If found in violation you will be asked to leave the class resulting in an absence.



    July 30 at 7:45AM at the Buffalo Marriott Niagara Hotel

● Photo ID is required to pick up your packet and pre-ordered T-shirt. There will be NO

               registration on the morning of classes (July 30, 2021)

● If you have air travel delays please contact Phyllis Guy 225-938-9261

● You will need to purchase a parking pass if you are driving 

● You will be allowed to drop exams from the schedule- there is no on-site exam




Airport: You should fly into the Greater Buffalo International Airport, which is approximately 10 minutes from the hotel. 



Dance Masters of America Teachers Training School

Graduate Master’s Program in Dance Education (Tier 5)


This program is an extension of years 1-4. Students will have the opportunity to further their education in the core subjects (ballet, tap, jazz and modern) for an additional 2 years, testing out in the third year. Students will participate in a designed curriculum for the Master’s Program. Students can choose to specialize in one or all 4 core classes.


Eligibility for this program requires successfully testing in core subjects you will study in the Master’s Program. Those who graduated TTS prior to Modern being a core subject must take the modern TTS exam before entering the modern specialization.


During the first year the focus will be on pedagogy in the specialized core subject. Studying technique, practical applications, and history will also be included. View this as an intensification of years 1-4.


During year two there will be concentration on the artistic and creative process dealing in the specialized core subject. Choreography (recital, concert, competitions, site specific) and use of improvisation will be explored. Choreographic tools and approaches will be presented in classes during year 2.


The test out year (third year) includes a class presentation in a specific core technique or a creative directing class incorporating creative movement/choreography/improvisation. The test out will be scheduled during the optional class times. A modest stipend is provided to the candidate for their presentation. Students are required to hand in a class outline for approval prior to their presentation.


The best part is you pay the regular fees and there are no additional fees for this program. Below is the schedule for the upcoming years.

2020             2021              2022             2023             2024              2025           2026         2027            2028

program        Ballet 1          Ballet 2         Test              Ballet 1           Ballet 2       Test          Ballet 1        Ballet 2

canceled        Jazz test        Jazz 1            Jazz 2           Test               Jazz 1          Jazz 2        Jazz Test      Jazz 1

pandemic      Tap 2             Tap Test        Tap 1            Tap 2             Tap Test      Tap 1         Tap 2           Tap Test

                   Modern 1        Modern 2       Mod. Test     Modern 1       Modern 2     Mod. Test   Modern 1     Modern 2



If you take ballet year 1 in 2018, and year 2 in 2019, but must miss the test out year (2020), you can test out in ballet in 2020.  If you miss your test out year you can reschedule it. However, if you miss year 2 you must wait for it to come through the cycle again. You must complete the subject in a 7year span.