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COURSE: Life on Your Terms – For The Dance Industry
If you can show-up for yourself, you can show up FULLY for the dance world around you.

Join us each day of the conference in this ConQuest exclusive 3-part series! 

Leadership & Life coach Michael Ian Cedar will guide you through a group coaching experience in real-time that will help bring new perspective and clarity about the way you show up for yourself, the dance industry, and others in your life. 


After completing all three parts of the "Life On Your Terms" workshop

at ConQuest you'll receive a Self-Leadership Level-1 Certificate.

Why I Trashed The Trophies: How to Make Meaningful Disruption in Your Dance Studio

As the owner and artistic director of Stage Door Dance Productions, Chasta Hamilton is reinventing the dance education model by focusing on character development and community involvement in addition to technique and performance attributes. She is the founder and president of the nonprofit, Girls Geared For Greatness, and the founder and former editor of The Dance Exec. Chasta was recognized by Triangle Business Journal as a 2014 40 Under 40, and in 2016, a Women in Business, Future Star. 

Join Chasta to discuss her rebranding decision and strategic exit from the competitive dance industry. Discover how to navigate a trajectory that's true to your legacy and intentions, while also engineering purposeful, positive programming to differentiate your studio's culture and mission. 

Do’s and Don’ts of Hiring & Firing

Todd Anderson is the Founder and President of PlatinumHR – Full-Service HR Consulting. With 35+ years of experience in Human Resources and 12 of those as a Regional HR Director for a Fortune 50 company managing the HR function for over 6000 employees, Todd will guide you through the Do's and Don'ts when making important staff decisions.  


Todd's recognitions and work include: 

-SPHR certified through the Society of Human Resource Managers

-HR Consultant to the 2002 Salt Lake Winter Olympics 

-HR Advisory Board Member for Utah Valley University

-Labor Law Guest Lecturer – Utah Valley University, SLCC, University of Utah, Weber State

Parent Solutions: How to take the complaints of your clients and turn them into gold!

Kerrin Michaels began her passion for client relations as a College Orientation Leader, specializing in Parent Orientation. Since then, Kerrin has been specializing in the field for both corporate and private companies. Kerrin opened The Greater Boston School of Dance in 2012 and The Greater Boston School of Classical Ballet in 2018. A dance educator since 2003, Kerrin’s professional theater dance experience includes, ‘Follies’- The Lyric Stage Company, ‘Funny Girl’-Fiddlehead Theater, ‘Seussical’- Wheelock Family Theater. Kerrin played the principal roles of both “Carol” and “Sharron”, as well as Dance Captain, in the off-Broadway and National Tour of “Girls Night- The Musical” from 2009-2012. 


In this workshop, Kerrin will help you identify client problems that can be used to help your business grow faster. Learn techniques on listening to the problems (disguised as complaints), hearing the concerns (receiving negative feedback) and knowing which is worth your time, what is worth delegating, and which needs to receive immediate closure. You will be able to refocus and redirect negative feedback and give it purpose to help your studio thrive even faster.

Busting The Myth Of A Ballerina

Daphne Lee, originally from Rahway, NJ, began her dance training at the Rahway Dance Theatre under the direction of her mother, Ms. Jay Skeete-Lee. She graduated with Honors from the Ailey/Fordham B.F.A program in dance and currently holds an MFA from Hollins University. As an advocate for Multiple Myeloma Cancer research and diversity inclusion initiatives with companies, Lee remains an active ambassador of negotiating what it means to be an artist in the twenty-first century. Lee has danced with Alvin Ailey II, Oakland Ballet Company, Collage Dance Collective, the Black Iris Project, and is currently with the Dance Theatre of Harlem in New York City.


This workshop will engage audiences in dismantling the stereotypes of ballet dancers placed from mainstream society. We will be looking at race, identity, gender and sexuality politics regarding the 21st century artist.

The Real Truth About Using Social Media Effectively

Roy Patterson was born in Mexico, where he started his dance & musical theater training at age 7. He graduated from the “Universidad Popular Autonoma del Estado de Puebla” (UPAEP) with a BA in Communications and Marketing as well as a double major in Dance. Before long, he obtained his double Master’s degree in Project Management and in Education. Roy’s performing, directing, and choreography career began in Mexico as he was part of several Dance companies and Musical Theater productions. He also performed around the world sailing the high seas with Norwegian Cruise Line.


Now living in NYC, Roy started his Social Media career 7 years ago. His passion for social media is sparked by applying his communications and marketing knowledge to the ever-changing technology as he finds ways for businesses and clients to utilize their social media effectively. As the Social Media & Marketing Director for StarQuest Dance Competition, Roy will guide you through the truths, tips, and tricks on how YOU can use Social Media in the most effective way to build your brand, your business, and connect with your audience. 

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