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A letter from the National President

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                                                                To Our DMA Membership,

 

                                                                I am honored to have this opportunity to serve as your National President for Dance                                                                        Masters of America. In 1999/2000, I became a member of this network of educators                                                                      that strive for the advancement of dance. Why did I choose to join this most prestigious                                                                  organization? I guess I really did not choose Dance Masters, it chose me. Having grown                                                                    up in a studio with a history of DMA membership, is how my journey began. After                                                                              spending years attending convention classes, scholarship auditions and competitions, I                                                                     fell in love with this group even before I thought of seeking membership. It has become                                                                   my life.

 

After attending the 137th National Convention held in Nashville, Tennessee this past summer, I was reminded of why I am so passionate about DMA. Watching our chapters come together as a whole creates the total package we represent. We have been around for many years and will continue to grow in the dance industry as leaders who have trained dancers, choreographers and teachers that share their talent with the world every day. Moving forward after the Covid pandemic was a challenge for everyone, including other organizations. This year, our national convention has proven that we are coming back stronger than ever. We were blessed with convention classrooms filled with dancers of all ages. Our Ballet, Tap & Jazz Intensives were so well received, that we had to split ballet in half to accommodate all participants. PASC came in strong with over 1,000 entries with performances on two stages. The attendance at our new Jr. Open Scholarship audition classes prove we are moving in the right direction. Our members are the strength that holds this organization high above the rest. Dance Masters continues on the path of success because of you!

 

DMA loves giving back to the dance community. Although we provide numerous scholarship opportunities for our students, we also love to honor those in the dance world that deserve our recognition. Butch Theisen was awarded the “Lifetime Achievement Award”, Laura Hausman was our “Annual Award Recipient” and the “President’s Award” was presented to Ann Freeman. We were so delighted to have them with us to share their special moment with DMA!

 

As our convention came to an end, DMA continued education with our Student Honors Intensive Program and Teachers Training School held at the end of July. It was such a rewarding experience to watch the amazing faculty at work. The positive energy these programs possess, lead the attendees to grow stronger and form lasting friendships, returning year after year.

 

Although I now hold the title of National President, the job could never be completed by one. With the work of the Advisory Committee, we come together for the advancement of dance worldwide. When you consider the addition of the National Area Directors, you open the door for quick communication for chapter members to be heard. The Executive Committee promises to listen to the membership and take their concerns & creative ideas to lead Dance Masters of America to great achievements. Our goal is to bridge the connection between our affiliated chapters and our national organization. We are here for you!  In the words of Oliver Wendell Holmes, “The great thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving.” 

 

Best wishes to all as we embark on another dance season. Strive for new membership, provide the best educational environment for your students and enjoy the world of dance!

 

Thoughtfully yours,

Penny Koza-Lemansky

DMA National President