It is all about you!
In 2012, Rhee Gold opened the doors to his 7,000 square foot log and stone residence featuring a gorgeous studio and meeting space that creates the perfect atmosphere to grow and study. The fully restored stone fireplaces and beautiful lodge décor, outstanding landscape and acres of pine trees create a sense of peace from the moment you arrive. All of this located in the New England town of Norton, Massachusetts.
We will take good care of you . . .
We do all that we can to make your journey to the DanceLife Retreat Center easy and memorable. Guests will receive complimentary meals, snacks and beverages throughout your retreat . We accommodate both vegetarian and gluten free requests if reserved two weeks prior. Contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508.285.6650 (9-5 E.S.T.) for special meal requests.
All attendees will receive complimentary round-trip transportation from the hotel to the retreat center. All notes and/or manuals are included and there is always a "swag bag" filled with goodies and gifts from dance vendors.
Movement Retreats for Teachers
Open to all teachers. Movement retreats are up-close and personal teacher training. The intimate setting allows for teacher/student dialog focused the techniques to properly pass the curriculum on to your students. The curriculum is offered is for varied levels and ages, based on the retreat that you choose. Attendees may observe or participate in classes. The dance education field is evolving fast and the DanceLife Retreat Center helps all teachers stay on top of the latest trends, while maintaining a respect for the traditions.
Minimum Age: 16
Business Retreats for Studio Owners
Open to studio owners, their office staff, significant others or those who have a hand in the success of your business. Registration for business retreat attendees must be made by the studio owner. Each season, we update our business retreats to reflect the evolution within our field. Fresh perspectives on marketing, retention, new program opportunities, employee management, financial analysis, and so much more . . . we are on top of the latest trends in successful dance studio ownership.
Minimum Age: 18
The retreat center is not an option for advanced students seeking master classes; the objective is training teachers the hows and whys of teaching the movement from preschool through advanced levels.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the closest airport?
A: We are conveniently located between the Boston (Logan) and Providence (Green) airports, about 35-40 miles to either one. Best options to travel from the airport to the retreat center/hotel are Uber or Lyft.
We do have a preferred car service, MCS Limousine: advance reservations are required.
Reserve by email: email@example.com (send itinerary/request). Let them know you'll be attending a retreat.
Reserve by phone: 508-697-0850
The cost is maximum of $90 plus tip + tolls one way, totaling about $115, Note: your cost may be less if MCS can group you with other attendees arriving at the same time. Payment is submitted directly to MCS Limousine.
Q: What is the attire?
A: Think casual for the entire seminar; comfortable dance attire if you choose to participate in movement classes. We prefer no shoes (except for tap classes) when inside the retreat center; ballet shoes, socks, flip-flops, or bare feet are fine. Bring a sweater or light jacket for a possible evening, outdoor seminar.
Q: What should I bring?
A: Bring a notebook, laptop, or tablet to take notes; video devices may be used during most movement retreats. Please confirm with the teacher.
Q: What is the address and telephone number for the DanceLife Retreat Center?
A: 155 Pine Street, Norton, MA 02766. The telephone is 508.285.6650.
Q: What is the address and telephone number for the Holiday Inn Taunton (host hotel)?
A: 700 Myles Standish Blvd., Taunton, MA 02780. 508.823.0430
The DanceLife Retreat Center provides free shuttle service to and from the Holiday Inn Taunton, located less than 2 miles from retreat center. Special rates are offered to attendees.
Reservations must be made at least 21 days prior to the start of your retreat to guarantee discounted block rate.
Reservations are made by contacting the Retreat Center directly at 508.285.6650 (9-5 EST) or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also complete the Hotel Reservation Request Form and submit via e-mail.
The land on which the center is located was once known as the Balfour Estate with over 200 acres of land extending far beyond the current retreat center borders. The Balfour's were the founders of a famous national company, L.G. Balfour Company, which to this day manufactures class and organizational (fraternity, sorority, etc.) rings. Their former estate housed a log mansion which had both an indoor and outdoor pool. Across the street was the Balfour farm producing crops while offering horseback riding and other attractions for the community. In short, this land has always been an attraction for visitors from the community and beyond.
As time progressed the land and buildings were sold to local contractors. When the recession hit the estate went into steep disrepair. In the fall of 2010, Rhee discovered the abandoned property and started to investigate the possibility of building his dream home where he could welcome his dance friends from around the world.
The town gave Gold the go-ahead to begin his one-year restoration and building project and he began the journey. Master masons brought the property's original stone walls and fireplaces back to life, while contractors, landscapers architects, and others worked through four seasons to make the DanceLife Retreat Center a reality.
The DanceLife Retreat Center has had a storied history, and we hope that you will join us to become part of the story!