Save the dates for our 2014 Dance Resource & Costume Show: Atlanta October 4-5, NJ October 11-12, Chicago October 18-19
A very happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, have a safe and joyful holiday!
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We're so excited - our final show of the year is this weekend! http://www.udma.org/#/resources/illinois/
Haven't pre-registered for our show in New Jersey? Better hurry, the cut-off is noon EST tomorrow! http://bit.ly/17fXLcS
Looking for directions or info about our 2013 show this weekend in Atlanta? Check out our website, plus this is your last chance to pre-register online for Atlanta - you have until 5pm tomorrow: http://bit.ly/19ynJL2
We just added 10 rooms to our hotel block in Chicago - call by 9/20 and ask for the UDMA discount to book your stay!
Planning on attending our NJ show but haven't yet registered for a hotel? All of our original hotels are sold out but we just added limited space at LA QUINTA INN & SUITES/SECAUCUS reservation line 201.863.8700. Please make sure you ask for the UDMA rate, cut off is 9/26. If you are attending Chicago or Atlanta the hotel cut off date is 9/20!
Planning on attending one of our shows and looking for an excuse to turn it into a 3-day weekend? Now's the perfect time to take a Jackrabbit Online Class Management Software Training Session to improve your studio software skills, happening in every city we attend the Friday before our show starts: http://www.jackrabbitdance.com/Support/TrainingNearYou
We're in the midst of a huge Dance Workshop giveaway! Follow our page for your chance to win: http://on.fb.me/ZJzNsz
Exciting news! We are launching a MAJOR dance workshop giveaway starting next week, stay tuned to our Facebook page to see how you can win. https://www.facebook.com/UnitedDanceMerchantsofAmerica
For those of you who may not have heard, the UDMA has been mourning the recent loss of one of our founding members, Taffy Epstein. Taffy was not only a pioneer woman in the dance industry but also an incredibly generous spirit who truly lived life to its fullest.
In lieu of flowers, Taffy requested that donations are made to assure the continuation of the Mark Morris dance for pd class...AKA Yes...I Can (!) Dance which is taught at the Mandel JCC in Cleveland for those diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Please consider making a donation to Shaking With Laughter with a footnote directing it to Yes...I Can (!) Dance. Call 216.570.4080 for any questions or visit the website: www.shakingwithlaughter.org
To learn more about Taffy's life visit Taffys.org
Our full and updated vendor lists for 2013 are now online! To see which vendor is attending which show in Atlanta, Chicago, and New Jersey, please click on The Dance Resource & Costume Show tab in the top navigation then scroll down to click on your city of choice.
Have you been using our Member Directory to find your dance studio needs? You should! Now you can look for job postings and model calls by clicking the 'Job Listings' link on the right hand corner: http://bit.ly/14JZasc
It's not too early to register for the 2013 UDMA Dance Resource and Costume Show, and now you can invite your friends on Facebook and Like the page: http://bit.ly/jEIEl3
This is our 20th Anniversary, and we're honoring the companies who've been there from the start: http://www.udma.org/#/resources/dedicated-to-dance/
National Dance Week is here! Find out how to get involved: http://nationaldanceweek.org/
Super psyched to announce our 2013 seminar "Celebrate Teaching: Exploring Ways to Teach Technique" -- check out all the details here: http://bit.ly/N6XNN7
Check out our new commercial! http://bit.ly/12T3JDq
National Dance Week is just over a month away - what are you doing to celebrate? Check out their page to see how you can get involved! http://on.fb.me/ktx7Vl
Good news! Our 2013 online registration is now set up - check it out and register for your favorite city now! http://bit.ly/QXUBWl
Check out our latest news in our press release to Dance Studio Life! http://bit.ly/Wgi87J
Happy Holidays and Have a wonderful New Year, from your friends at the UDMA.
Our hearts go out to those in need after Hurricane Sandy, and to those who will continue to be in need as the weather gets colder. We donated our leftover food from our NJ show to Table to Table, a NJ-based community organization that distributes food to the needy, find out about them here: http://bitly.com/SflD9j
Thank you to all of our exhibitors and attendees who made this year so great. Save the dates for 2013!
Gwinnett, GA 10/5-10/6
Secaucus, NJ 10/12-10/13
Schaumburg, IL 10/19 - 10/20
Check out our behind-the-scenes photos from our show in New Jersey! http://on.fb.me/RhewzZ
It's too late to register online for New Jersey, but you can still register onsite with proof of profession. Hope to see you all at our last show of 2012! http://bit.ly/gM2YU4
Check out our Facebook gallery from Chicago, loaded with pics of our latest show: http://on.fb.me/OJALhV
Live in the midwest? Don't forget, our next show is in Chicago starting this Saturday! Its too late to register online, but you can still register onsite with proof of profession: http://bit.ly/pXH9SK
Check out our gallery of photos from Atlanta on Facebook! http://on.fb.me/QIOp35
Gearing up for our next show in Atlanta this weekend! Get all the info here: http://bit.ly/pdSwGi
Check out our behind-the-scenes photos from our show in Long Beach on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/VAX5eO
There has been a change to one of our seminars, "Use the Internet to Grow Your Studio" will now be taught by Jackrabbit Dance, leaders in web-based technology made especially for Dance Teachers. Spots are limited, and filling up in every city, so sign up now! http://bit.ly/N6XNN7
Atlanta Preferred Hotel Sold Out! Two New Backup Hotels:
Hampton Inn - Lawrenceville/I-85/Sugarloaf
6010 Sugarloaf Parkway
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Courtyard Atlanta Gwinnett Mall
3550 Venture Parkway · Duluth, Georgia 30096 USA
Cut off date for both hotels: Friday 9/21
Registration is now open for Software Training Classes available to attendees at two UDMA shows in October. Four hours of fast pace presentations on best practices in using popular Jackrabbit features including Online Registration, Securities and Permissions, Transactions and Categories, Financial Reporting, Posting Tuition and Group Fees, Enrollment Reporting, Lead File, Class Management Weekly/Daily and Time Clock.
The Best Practices Training is offered for $20 per attendee. Available in NJ and Chicago.
Experience live classroom training with Team Jackrabbit! http://bit.ly/Roxq7E
Wondering if your favorite vendors are coming to a city near you? Our updated show floor plans are now online! Just choose the city nearest you, scroll down and click on the link titled "Click here to see an exhibit hall map" http://bit.ly/rjBNUb
Seminar update: "Staging a Production, Putting It Together" will now be taught by Jerome DeVito in all 4 cities! http://bit.ly/N6XNN7
Hey everyone, we've added a new seminar entitled "Use the Internet to Grow Your Studio" to every city we attend this year, plus we'll be adding one more shortly. Stay tuned! http://bit.ly/N6XNN7
Attention UDMA Members and Exhibitors - you can now fill out your Exhibitor forms online! Check your email inbox, detailed instructions are about to arrive.
We're so excited to share our new commercial for our 2012 shows! Help us share it with your friends, and remember, the UDMA Dance Resource & Costume Show is exclusive for Dance Teachers and Studio Owners only! http://www.udma.org/#/resources/
Look out for our commercial on http://DanceLifetv.com/ as well as in the right side-bar of the http://www.dancestudiolife.com/!
Don't forget - tomorrow is the last day to submit your video for the National Dance Week flash mob contest! http://www.nationaldanceweek.org/
National Dance Week starts today! Find out how you can participate: http://bit.ly/fkST4k
We're so proud to be recognizing the Royal Academy of Dance with our Dedicated to Dance Award this year in all 4 cities we atend. To learn more about RAD, check out our Dedicated to Dance page: http://www.udma.org/#/resources/dedicated-to-dance/
Find out more about this year's master class and seminar instructors, click their images for bios on our Seminar Page: http://www.udma.org/#/resources/seminars/
We're pleased to announce the full list of instructors for our Seminars & Master Classes, see all the info on our Seminar page: http://www.udma.org/#/resources/seminars/
Wondering what you can look forward to for the UDMA's 19th Annual Dance Resource & Costume Show? Check out our show page for a little teaser of the big plans we have for this year! http://www.udma.org/#/resources/
Happy New Year Everyone! Our 2012 dates are now online - mark your calender! http://www.udma.org/#/resources/
Happy Holidays from the UDMA! http://myemail.constantcontact.com/Happy-Holidays-from-the-UDMA.html?soid=1101688661851&aid=VEbBY9NxSFU
Thanks to everyone who came out to our 2011 shows, you made this the best attended year ever! If you haven't found us on Facebook, please check it out to see all the photos from the show. http://www.facebook.com/pages/United-Dance-Merchants-of-America/136230087861
Pre-registration for Chicago closes at NOON today. If you can't make it in time, don't worry, you can always just show up to the show this weekend and register on-site.
Pre-registration for New Jersey show is now closed, you can still register on-site with proof of profession.
In order to best support our Dedicated to Dance Honorees, we're moving our Dedicated to Dance Ceremony to right before the start of our Teacher Appreciation Party, at 5pm in all cities.
Pre-registration for Atlanta is now closed, but you can still register on-site with proof of profession.
Pre-registration for the Long Beach show is now closed. You can still register onsite, just be sure to bring with you proof of profession. We can also give you extra badges onsite if you'd like to add anyone to your group.
Spaces our filling up quickly for our wildly popular Master Classes in Long Beach. Sign Up now to ensure your spot! http://www.udma.org/resources/#/resources/seminars/
Brochures have been mailed out, lookout for yours in your mailbox! Be sure to register for the show to make sure you receive all our mailed news and information.
We're so excited for our show in Atlanta, we have nearly 25% MORE exhibitor booths this year! So register now for free, you wont want miss it! http://www.udma.org/#/resources/georgia/
We're excited to present our new online commercial: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rg3mA8Pb5n0
Planning on attending our Long Beach show? You won't want to miss our two NEW Master Classes, exclusively for Long Beach attendees! We've added more information about the classes, plus we've reduced the cost so you get two classes for the price of one! http://www.udma.org/#/resources/seminars/
Here's another reason to attend a 2011 UDMA Show: Onsite Parking. All UDMA venues have on-site parking for all attendees. How convenient, right? http://www.udma.org/#/resources/register/
New This Year: If you bring a friend from another studio to a UDMA show who didn't attend last year, you both will be entered to win a $500 Gift Certificate for the UDMA vendor of YOUR CHOICE! Why wait? Pre-register for the show now! (And don't forget to tell all your dance teacher friends!) http://www.udma.org/#/resources/register-online/
The UDMA is proud to announce the recipients of our 2011 Dedicated to Dance Award. We will be presenting an award in every city on our 2011 tour. Find out the details here: http://www.udma.org/#/resources/dedicated-to-dance/
We're excited to announce the relaunch of our searchable member directory, now with member logos and links to their Facebook profiles. We hope this helps you find everything you, your studio, and your students need. http://www.udma.org/#/directory/
For all those in the NY area: We have made it even easier to learn how to get to our show at the Meadowlands. Directions for every mode of transit are now posted on online. http://www.udma.org/#/resources/new-jersey/
Just Announced! You can now see the full list of speakers and events for our 2011 Seminars. Just click on Dance Resource & Costume Show at the top of this page then go to Seminars & Events. Hope to see you there!
Dear Dance Teachers,
We understand you are disappointed in the UDMA decision to not return our show to Texas in 2011. UDMA did not come to this decision easily. We have tried many cities: Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and Houston to try and build a following in one of the most important dance states in the US. For as many studios that exist in your state, we have never been able to attract a critical mass of attendees to justify the huge expense to our members, vendors and this organization. As you know these are difficult times, and as prices continue to rise, we must be vigilant in keeping our shows cost effective for our exhibitors.
At the last general meeting of UDMA it became apparent that vendors we no longer able to budget a booth at a Texas show. This meant that we did not have the booth income to pay for the venue. As a result, we were forced to cancel the Texas show for 2011. Please, try and come to one of our other cities. We know this means travel expense for you, but for those of you that understand the importance of our show, we hope you will find it worth it.
Please accept our deepest apologies, and we trust you will understand this difficult decision.
All my best,
Check out the updated 2011 dates, show, and hotel information in our site's resources section. Hope to see you there! http://www.udma.org/#/resources/
You spoke and we listened! We're adding TV lounges to EVERY city we're visiting this year so visitors can check in on the local game! Sponsored by Stagestep and Costume Gallery.
We are thankful for the support of everyone who attended the show in Texas over the years. Unfortunately, there were not enough fellow Texans who came out to support the show. Although we tried different cities and different venues we were not able to see the show grow. We hope you will be able to make it to one of our other 4 shows.
2011 Dates Announced!
Long Beach — September 24th-25th
Atlanta — October 1st-2nd
New Jersey — October 8th-9th
Chicago — October 15th-16th
A big thank you to everyone who attended our Atlanta show this past weekend. Turn out was HUGE and we had a blast! Next stop... Houston, TX. See y'all there!
Attention UDMA Houston Visitors: Our seminar schedule has changed, we unfortunatly are no longer offering "To Buy or To Lease" presented by Steve Barnett, but we do have several other great presenters and seminars including Nancy Stone and Cathy Lozano. Please check out our updated schedule at http://www.udma.org/#/resources/texas/ Remember, registering for the seminars gets you into every single one in that city!
Pre-Registration for the show in Long Beach, CA this weekend is now closed. If you have not pre-registered and would like to attend, please be sure to bring proof of profession with you to the convention center. If you'd like to add a teacher to your registration, we can do that on-site as well.
Our first show is right around the corner on Sept. 18. How exciting! If you're not already a fan of the UDMA on Facebook, you'll want to follow us because we'll be updating throughout the weekend with tips and other important info. We'll also be posting pics from the show, so make sure you suggest our page to all your friends so they can see what you're up to. (Or just bring them with so they can experience it for themselves!) Safe travels everyone and can't wait to see you in Cali!
We want your experience at the UDMA Dance Resource & Costume Show to be fun and exciting, but most importantly, productive. That's why we've updated our website with a map of the exhibit hall for each of the five cities we're visiting. This map will tell you exactly where your favorite vendors are located on the exhibit hall floor, so you can make your plan of attack before you arrive! You can find a link to this map on each city page under LOCATION OF SHOW. Please let us know if you have any questions!
Are you getting excited for the 2010 UDMA Dance Resource and Costume Show? We sure are! The first city we're visiting is Long Beach, CA on Sept. 18-19. If you haven't registered yet, now is the time! Brochures with more info will be hitting mailboxes soon, so keep your eyes peeled. In the meantime, you can always peruse our website for everything you need to know. For detailed info about our Long Beach exhibit, click here: http://www.udma.org/resources/california/. Can't wait to see you all there on the sunny west coast!
If you're confused about which UDMA seminars will be offered in your city, not to worry! We just updated our website with an organized chart that breaks down every seminar by presenter, title and city. Click the link below and scroll down to the bottom after reading through our seminar descriptions and presenter bios. Hope this helps and don't hesitate to contact us if you still have questions. See you all soon! http://www.udma.org/resources/seminars/
Want more reasons to attend our 2010 shows? Check out our new commercial, on our website and also running on Dance Studio Live TV. http://www.udma.org/resources/
We've just added new seminars in a variety of cities across the country! Check it out http://www.udma.org/#/resources/seminars/
A new seminar about teaching tweens has just been added in Long Beach and New Jersey! Check out our seminar page for more details http://www.udma.org/#/resources/seminars/
UDMA would like to welcome it's 3 newest members: Dance Couture NY, National Dance Video Productions and Rosco Laboratories.
Great News! Cathy Lozano's seminar "INSPIRING PROFESSIONALS OF THE FUTURE...THE DISNEY WAY" has just been added to all 5 cities of the UDMA's Dance Resource & Costume Show! You have got to check this out http://www.udma.org/#/resources/seminars/
Full descriptions of our 2010 seminars and presenters are now available online! http://www.udma.org/#/resources/seminars/
UDMA Announces New Dance Award and 2010 Recipients
The United Dance Merchants of America (UDMA), an organization that encourages the growth and development of dance, is excited to announce the 2010 recipients of the Dedication to Dance award. This new, annual honor is being awarded to organizations and/or people who have shown untiring, remarkable dedication to the dance industry and who have fulfilled the needs of Dance Studios and Dance Teachers through extraordinary means. This year's five recipients will be special guests and honorees at each of the UDMA's five regional Dance Resource & Costume tradeshows.
The recipients of this inaugural year are:
* The California Dance Education Association, to be honored in Long
Beach, CA, Sept. 18-19
* The Southern Association of Dance Masters, to be honored in Atlanta,
GA, Sept. 25-26
* The Texas Association Teachers of Dancing, to be honored in Houston,
TX, Oct. 2-3
* The Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, to be honored in
Secaucus, NJ, Oct. 9-10
* The Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, to be honored in
Chicago, IL, Oct. 16-17
"We are very proud that TATD has lasted 80 years and has helped so many teachers and their students in the pursuit of excellence in teaching. Thank you for helping to spread the word about an organization which has retained its 'family feel' while offering the best available in dance," says Persis Ann Forster, the 1st Vice President of the Texas Association Teachers of Dancing.
"[The UDMA show] is truly a wonderful way to bring studio owners, teachers and dance vendors together on a positive note. The UDMA organization is a huge asset to the Dance World and adding the annual award will bring dance to a higher level," adds Marcia A. Fellows, CNADM President.
The award ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. on the Saturday night of each event. The tour dates and other show information can be found at www.udma.org. For more information contact Susan Epstein, Show Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
UDMA members: Keep an eye on your email inboxes! We just sent our exhibitor info packet. Check out our special discounts for attending 4 or 5 shows!
Our new website launched today! Check out our easier-to-use navigation on our Dance Resource and Costume Show section, will all-new photos, content, and links! Plus you can find weekly updated UDMA News in this box right here!
We're adding two new cities this year for the Dance Resource & Costume Show! Long Beach, CA and Houston, TX. Hope to see you there!
This year, we're hosting a Teacher Appreciation Party in all five locations! Eat, drink, mix and mingle while previewing vendor merchandise!
A tip for all attending our Dance Resource & Costume Show: bring a suitcase on wheels for goodies like catalogs, samples, and giveaways!
Did u know that the UDMA directory is listed on our website? http://www.udma.org/#/directory/
The new National Dance Week Cookbook is in, Barre Food! Ordering info at http://www.udma.org/cookbook/
UDMA has a Twitter account! Follow us for important updates about the 2010 Dance Resource & Costume Show! http://twitter.com/UDMA_2010.