Rhee Gold is a dance field pioneer who has single-handedly led a movement that continues to change and improve the face of dance education. Teachers and school owners from the United States, Australia, Canada, Grand Cayman, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Philippines, Singapore, United Kingdom and more flock to his retreats, seminars, keynote speeches, and conferences to gain fresh perspectives and learn positive solutions that inspire new levels of empowerment, self-confidence and personal accomplishment.
At age three Rhee began dancing at his mother’s studio in Randolph, MA. By ten he knew dance was going to be his life. Growing up at the school offered him a unique understanding of the life, the business and the joy that dance can bring to our students and to the community. He was also a competitive dancer where he gained the title of Mr. Dance of America. As a teacher Rhee’s students are performing professionally, while others are teachers and school owners. His students have received national titles and he has been recognized for outstanding choreography many times.
Launching his first school at the age of fifteen, at a low-income housing project, he learned that dance does change lives and so began a his mission to insure the best dance education for every child–regardless of their financial standing or technical abilities. Gold founded and taught at the Dance Theatre of Boston and Gold Studio III, both Boston based professional schools. He has owned and directed the Gold School in Brockton, MA, which is now under the direction of his twin brother, Rennie, preparing for its fifty-second season.
The Second International Congress of Dance, Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, National Association of Dance and Affiliated Artists are a few of the organizations that Gold has served as a master teacher.
The Founder and CEO of several businesses Rhee has a proven record for success. In 2012 he opened the doors to the DanceLife Retreat Center, where hundreds of dance teachers and school owners attend business seminars, curriculum workshops and motivational weekends. His DanceLife Teacher Conference is one of the largest gatherings of dance educators in the world. As the owner and publisher of Dance Studio Life (DSL) magazine, he is the leader of the largest publication for dance education in the United States. Gold owns the DanceTeacherStore.com, which offers business and classroom tools, music, curriculum, books and subscriptions for DSL magazine. The International Dance Educators Association (IDEA) will launch in the summer of 2016 as the world’s first business organization open to all dance school owners.
Gold gives back to the dance community through his volunteer work with many dance organizations. He was the President of Dance Masters of New England, Dance Masters of America and the Founding Co-Chair of UNITY. Currently he serves the Andréa Rizzo Foundation as a board member, Dance Educators of America as an advisory board member and as the Vice-President of the United Dance Merchants of America.
Rhee’s writing has propelled his philosophies world-wide. He is the author of The Complete Guide to Teaching Dance: An Insider’s Secrets to Personal Reward and Financial Success, now in its second printing, He has been an education columnist for Dance Magazine, Dancer magazine and is the author of hundreds of articles and columns for publications around the world.
In 2014 Gold received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Industry Dance Awards and he received the same award from Dance Educators of America in 2015.
Rhee Gold has served as a keynote speaker or has presented seminars for the following:
American Academy of Ballet, Associated Dance Teachers of New Jersey, Australian Teachers of Dance, CanDance Toronto, Carolina Dance Masters, Cecchetti Council of America, Chicago National Association of Dance Masters, Costume Gallery, Dance Educators of America National Convention, Dance Masters of Arizona, Dance Masters of America National Convention, Dance Masters of Michigan, Dance Masters of New England, Dance Masters of New York City, Dance Masters of Ohio, Dance Olympus, Dance Teacher Conference, Dance Teachers Club of Connecticut, Dansco, Dean College, Federation of Dance Competitions, Hollywood Connection, Pacific Northwest Association of Dance Masters, Pennsylvania Association of Dance Teachers, Pulse Teacher Workshop, Southern Council of Dance Masters, Stage Gear Australia, Texas Association of Dance Teachers, Toronto Dance Teacher Expo, United Dance Merchants of America, UNITY, USA International Ballet Competition, Weissman’s Designs for Dance, Wild Rose Dance Arts Association, World Jazz Dance Congress