A Message from Darryl Retter
My name is Darryl Retter and we at MusicWorks love to see all reach their God given potentials. We have more than a respect for Dance Teachers, we have a “heart” for all who love to develop, nurture, guide, train, influence and mentor dancers to be “the very best they can be”! Instilling self pride, confidence, hope, self esteem, discipline, and artistic awareness while developing a dancer’s potential through solid training is no easy task. This monumental task should be supported and applauded!
Unfortunately, the day to day “grind” of owning a Studio and or teaching can be exhausting. The very profession that we love and are blessed to be a part of, can sometimes be overwhelming. Owning a Dance Studio, dealing with challenging parents, motivating dancers, scheduling performances, competitions, recitals, intensives, ordering costumes, hiring teachers, creating newsletters and business ads, keeping morale up for employees, balance a budget and having a personal life can be a LOT for one person to handle!
Enter MusicWorks ~ The Ultimate Dance Resource! We understand the day to day going ons of a teacher and Studio Owner because we actually have owned a studio for the past 27 years (Retter’s Academy of Dance). We teach on the Convention circuit and work with the Dance Industries newest, most creative teachers.
We at MW feel very competent to provide Dance Teachers in the US, Canada and abroad products that WORK because they are “tried and true”! We know what Teachers Need! For decades MW, formally Stepping Tones founded by the legendary Mr. Al Gilbert, has met the changing needs of Dance Teachers while maintaining Foundational Techniques that will encourage, develop and inspire dancers of all ages and of all levels.
The outcome of using MW products is extraordinary. There is no secret or “magic” involved. Rather, teaching with Graded Technique Systems, Syllabi, Class Plans, and Original and Creative Songs and Routines, allows your dancers to not only grow, it allows them to THRIVE! The feeling of empowerment that comes from attaining a goal is truly priceless and becomes more than dance, it becomes a “life lesson”. MW provides Foundational to Advanced Materials to use at your Studio on a daily basis, for your Recitals, Concerts, and Performances.
Our 4 day Summer Seminar, Dance Teacher Connection, will “connect” Dance Teachers across the Nation. Classes in Dance (our Faculty is unsurpassed), Business Building, Technique, Problem Solving, Choreography, Syllabi, and SO MUCH MORE will be presented in an intimate setting. Lots of fun, too (Cocktail Reception, DTC Luncheon, Gift Bag, Sponsor Gifts to name a few!).
In short, MusicWorks Unlimited~The Ultimate Dance Resource, continues “the mission” of it’s founder, the legendary Mr. Al Gilbert, and is dedicated in providing products and materials that bring Success and Significance to your Studio. MW is here for YOU!
A Message from Linda Bernabei Retter – MW Creative Team Member
MusicWorks Unlimited will host a MUST attend teacher event in the heart of the Midwest. The question is …. will you be there? So many Studio Owners and Teachers spend their entire season, year after year, providing their valued dance students with endless opportunities. Going “above and beyond” the call of duty, a studio owner will work countless hours, on weekends and over holidays to provide the very best dance education possible for their students. Scheduling performances, attending conventions and competitions, motivating faculty, staff, parents and students alike, all the while balancing family life…. it seems to be a cycle that never ends and at times is overwhelming!
My question is…. will you take 4 days out of your season to do something very special and beneficial for YOURSELF? Yes, DTC is in Indy. Yes, you may need to take a plane to arrive to your destination. Yes, it would be easier to just stay home and miss the conference. However the MANY reasons for attending DTC are vital to studio owners and dance teachers and may indeed have a life changing affect on both your business and your life!
It is time to make the decision TODAY that a Studio Owner and their teachers MUST take the time to refuel, renew, relax and CONNECT with leading dance educators that UNDERSTAND the demands of the dance education profession. It’s time to ALLOW yourself the permission to DO SOMETHING FOR YOURSELF that will benefit not only you, but your studio as well. It’s time to “fall in love” again with the dream we once had, the joy of owning our own business and the pride that comes from teaching dance and bringing the dance arts to our communities. Where on earth would so many of our students be without DANCE in their lives?
Connecting or reconnecting is vital to the heart, soul and being of studio owners and dance teachers across the Nation. Our hope is that you will attend DANCE TEACHER CONNECTION (DTC) and not only be motivated and inspired, but also relieved of the exhausting, negative and challenging emotions and feelings that creep in over the years and sometimes diminish the joy of owning and teaching at our dance studio.
It’s time to celebrate YOU! Allow MusicWorks the pleasure of pampering you with a gift bag, three breakfast buffets, DTC luncheon, cocktail reception, raffle items from DTC sponsors and lets not forget AMAZING classes by MW faculty and special guests that will generate the “tools” needed for your upcoming dance season (and so much more).
On behalf of our entire MusicWorks Creative Team….. Thank You for choosing DANCE, Thank You for Giving So Much to so many, and Thank You for considering DTC as your Summer “Do this for yourself” teacher event. Hope to see you there!