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Why We Exist

The demands of being a dance teacher often make talented people feel tapped out, uninspired, and alone. The worst part is when we’re unenthusiastic about our teaching... our students know it, which can make them bored & disinterested in dance.

Our resources & online events spark dance teachers' creativity so they can make every class fresh & exciting.When people use our tools & strategies, they feel empowered to educate the next generation of dancers.

Dance Ed Tips exists because dance teachers who are inspired make a lasting impact on their students.

We're the Dance Ed Tips Team!

We are veteran dance teachers who work in PK-12 schools, private studios, & higher education. Through our careers, we've experienced ALL the ups & downs that come along with our job.

We've also realized that dance teachers don't get all of the support that they need or deserve. So, we made it our mission to create all the resources and ongoing education we wished we had access to.

And in 2017, Dance Ed Tips was born!

Our team believes in Supporting, Refining, Connecting, & Celebrating dance teachers!

Thanks for being here! We are excited to learn and grow with you.

Founder & CEO

Location: Eagle, CO

Teaching Environment: Higher Education, PK-12, & Private Studio

Favorite Product: Back to School Kits

Degree: B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Ed.M. in Dance Education

Olivia Mode-Cater (she/her) is the Founder and CEO of Dance Ed Tips. She is an industry leader in dance education and dance entrepreneurship, having scaled 2 major dance brands over the past 4 years. She is also an accomplished presenter who has spoken on these topics to national and international audiences. Olivia’s work draws on her experiences as a veteran dance educator in all teaching settings: higher education, PK-12 schools, and studios. She is the former Director of Dance Education at Hofstra University. During that time, their dance education program was recognized on a national level as one of the Top 30 Dance Programs in the United States for their high-quality dance teacher preparation training. In addition, Olivia is passionate about mentoring others, having coached over 100 dance teachers to discover their personal teaching philosophy and vision in dance. When Olivia isn't working on Dance Ed Tips, you can find her enjoying the outdoors with her pups, Krank and Scarlett! 


COO

Location: Weehawken, NJ

Teaching Environment: Higher Education, PK-12, & Private Studio

Favorite Product: Partnering and Lifts Online Course

Degree: B.F.A. in Dance Performance

Lauren Connolly (she/her) is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Dance Ed Tips. She is an administrative professional with over ten years of experience in financial services, arts administration, and production management. Lauren is a sought-out presenter and high-performance coach for professionals in the dance, education, wellness, and human capital industries. She is also an accomplished choreographer and the recipient of many awards including: the 2017 NJ State Council on the Arts Individual Artist Fellowship Award, the Dance on the Lawn 2017 Emerging Commissioned Choreographer Award and the 2015/2017 Jersey (New) Moves Emerging Choreographers Fellowship. Lauren has shown her work throughout the New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and New Jersey area. Her work has been described as, “sublime...full of surprises, admirably original ....and engaging..."


Administrative Manager

Location: San Francisco, CA

Teaching Environment: PK-12 & Private Studio

Favorite Product: Elements of Dance through Sports Unit

Degree: B.F.A. in Dance Performance & Ed.M. in Dance Education

Helen Snelgrove (she/her) is the Administrative Manager at Dance Ed Tips. She has been a member of the DETeam since 2018. Helen is also a middle school dance teacher for San Francisco Unified School District. In 2021 during the COVID-19 pandemic, Helen organized a book drive with Dee Holliday where they were able to collect over 500 books. With their efforts, each middle school student at Helen's school was able to get a gift during the holiday season. In 2017, Helen presented at the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) Conference in San Antonio, TX. She is currently working with Lila Flow Yoga to receive her 200HR yoga certification. When Helen isn't working for DET or teaching, you can find her outdoors, whether it be skiing, hiking or camping with her dogs, Otto & Luna!


Content Manager

Location: Summit, NJ

Teaching Environment: PK-12

Favorite Product: Deck of Cards Bundle

Degree: B.A. in Dance Education & Ed.M. Dance Education

Melissa Gaul (she/her) is the Content Manager and Video Editor at Dance Ed Tips. Melissa joined the DETeam in 2020. She is a middle school dance teacher for Union City Public Schools. Melissa has presented at the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) 2017 Conference in San Antonio, TX and for the New York City Department of Education dance teachers in 2021. When Melissa isn't working for DET or teaching, you can find her spending time relaxing at Martha's Vineyard or playing with her dog, Wally!


Social Media Coordinator

Location: Somerset, NJ

Teaching Environment: Private Studio & Yoga Studio

Favorite Product: Cards vs. Dancers

Degree: A.A. in Dance Theatre

Keiana McLeane (she/her) is the Social Media Coordinator at Dance Ed Tips. Keiana joined the DETeam in 2020. As a professional dancer with an AA in Dance Theatre from the American Musical & Drama Academy NY & 200HR registered yoga teacher, she is passionate about movement-based practices. She is currently continuing her education as a psychology major at Arizona State University with the goal of developing her knowledge of human behavior & the psychological benefits of movement. In her free time she enjoys getting creative refurbishing furniture, pottery, & snuggling up with a good book and her ferocious cat, Jasper.


DETconnect Liaison & Content Developer

Location: Bordentown, NJ

Teaching Environment: Higher Education & Pk-12 Schools

Favorite Product: Under-Represented Black Dance Artist Bundle

Degree: B.A. in English & Biology, M.Ed. in Science Education, Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Sciences, Shakespearian Scholar at Oxford University, & Post-Graduate in Certificate in Informal and Experiential Learning from Oregon State University.

Kate Sommerhalter (she/her) is a career educator having taught preschool through college level classes in public, private, & charter schools in rural, suburban and urban settings where she has also been a content supervisor, curriculum director, assistant superintendent, & principal. Growing up in close proximity to New York City, her love of the arts began as a child frequently attending performances & visiting museums and galleries. This passion continued through her formal education where she pursued Shakespearian studies at Oxford University, fine and performing arts, educational administration, & the sciences. Her eye is always focused on multidisciplinary opportunities which highlight the joy of life-long learning.

Dance Ed Tips Interns

Eve Álas (she/her) Translator and Administrative Intern

Tylan Porterfield (she/her) Marketing Intern

Sammi Rudner (she/her) Content Development Intern

Mala Shah (she/her) Marketing Intern

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