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A letter from the National President

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                                                                 Dear Members of Dance Masters of America,


                                                                 As President of Dance Masters of America, it is with immense pride and gratitude that I                                                                   extend a warm welcome to each and every one of you. Serving as your President is a                                                                         tremendous honor, and I am thrilled to embark on this journey alongside such a                                                                                 dedicated and passionate group of dance enthusiasts. I want to express my heartfelt                                                                         appreciation for the trust you have placed in me to lead this esteemed organization. The                                                                   legacy of Dance Masters of America is rich, built on a foundation of excellence, artistry,                                                                   and education. Our collective commitment to these values has made us a thriving                                                                             community that continues to inspire generations of dancers and educators.


The 138th National Convention held in Atlanta, Georgia was filled with wonderful convention classes, performance opportunities and endless events offering numerous scholarship awards. Delegates filled the Board of Directors meetings with such a positive and inspiring atmosphere. The energy throughout the week carried from start to finish and once again, DMA closed our convention excited to see what next year will bring. Our banquet continues to be the highlight of the week, taking time to celebrate the 2023 DMA Honorees. Jodi Welch was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award”, Howard Weissman was our “Annual Award Recipient” and the “President’s Award” was presented to Barbara Denny. DMA has always loved acknowledging those members and friends that have contributed so much to the dance industry. Their commitment to excellence serves as a shining example for all of us, and we are incredibly proud to celebrate their achievements.


Our summer events ended by closing a chapter with the University of Buffalo. This year marked our 52nd year for Teachers Training School and 22nd year for the Student Honors Intensive Program. We have certainly loved spending our last 26 years at UB, but our programs are ready for growth. In 2024, we take on a new adventure as we relocate both programs to Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.


DMA would not be able to function without the workings of The Advisory Committee. Five members, holding different titles, cross train to learn as much as possible about this non-profit organization. Together, as a unified team, we will bring fresh perspectives, innovative ideas, and unwavering commitment to the table. The work done behind the scenes will have a profound impact on our members and the dance community as a whole. We strive to connect with all chapters through their National Area Director. This collaboration makes up The Executive Committee, and is a crucial part in shaping the future of our organization and ensuring that the art of dance continues to thrive. Here's to a year filled with meaningful discussions, inspired decisions, and a shared passion for advancing the art of dance. Our collective efforts will undoubtedly lead to great achievements and lasting benefits for all involved.


As we embrace this new season of dance, both within our chapter events and at our studios, I am confident that together, we will reach even greater heights. Let us celebrate the art of dance, nurture talent, and create experiences that will forever shape the lives of our students and enrich the dance community. May this upcoming year be filled with creativity, dedication, and boundless joy. Let us be a source of inspiration for one another, pushing ourselves to achieve greatness.


Here’s to another year filled with growth, inspiration, and the profound sense of accomplishment that comes from sharing the gift of dance with the world.


Wishing you all a spectacular and unforgettable dance season!



Warm Regards,


Penny Koza-Lemansky

DMA National President

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