Highlights from the 2023 ADCC Annual Retreat
ADCC dance competition owners and staff members, special guests and speakers came together for the 2023 ADCC Annual Retreat, September 18-20 at The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona, just outside Phoenix.
Themed LEVEL UP, the 2023 gathering brought members together for a special celebration of the ADCC’s first decade as a professional association. Exciting speakers offered practical solutions, business insight and food for thought all designed to help your company level up. Members learned from peers in breakout sessions, explored how to LEVEL UP your business strategy, production, and social media game with tips and tricks from seasoned professionals, got to know Business Partners and Vendors who could help streamline their businesses, save money, or help elevate the customer service experience to the next level.
In addition to business sessions, there were ample opportunities for fun as well: an ADCC ¡Fiesta! Welcome Reception open to all on Monday evening, a special social outing to the Westgate entertainment district (with axe-throwing or escape room) on Tuesday night, and of course a Wild, Wild West Party on Wednesday closed out the event. This year’s Vendor Fair ran Tuesday and Wednesday, September 19 and 20, kicking off with a special tequila tasting on Tuesday, and offering fun raffle prizes both days. New members were invited to attend a New Member Orientation on Sunday, September 17, before the retreat began.
Hotel Information: To book your hotel room, please call The Wigwam Reservations at 623-258-4676, Option 1, and reference Group Code ASI16. ADCC has contracted a special room rate of $199/night for single/double occupancy. Please Note: The rate does not include an $18 resort fee per night. The special rate ends August 14, 2023.
We were excited to see you all at the 2023 ADCC Annual Retreat—the theme for the year was LEVEL UP!
2023 Keynote Speakers
Leveling Up Your Business Strategy: Understanding The Changing Studio Climate and Their Competition Needs
Rhee Gold is a dance pioneer who has led a movement that continues to change and improve the face of dance education. His DanceLife Teacher Conference is one of the largest gatherings of dance educators in the world. The International Dance Entrepreneurs Association (I.D.E.A.) launched in 2016, is his latest venture, the world’s first business association for dance school owners with the purpose of offering its 300+ world-wide members the tools to grow their businesses and create a culture of success.
Leveling Up Your Marketing Strategy:
Tips & Tricks For Maximizing Your Social Media Presence
Lindsey Mattucci of LBMP Creative is an artist, medical illustrator, graphic designer, and social media specialist. She is currently Social Media Coordinator for the Walter Spohn Trust (WST), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the field of anaplastology, a field which combines art and science to create custom prostheses for individuals with facial and body differences.
Leveling Up Your Production:
Creating An Experience that “WOWS”
Arren Wetzel founded CLE, a full-service production company based in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2002 and remains an active part of the company today. He has more than 30 years of audio and lighting experience, having started at an early age with his father’s production company in Michigan. When Arren isn’t in the CLE warehouse, on a show site, or driving his big red semi, he enjoys being outdoors. He is a frequent speaker to national groups about creating memorable events through production.
Workshops & Professional Development
Members learned from peers in breakout sessions, explored how to Level Up their client relationships, social media game and production with tips and tricks from seasoned professionals, got to know Business Partners and Vendors who could help them streamline their businesses, save money, and elevate customer service experience to the next level.
The ADCC Vendor Fair helps Members connected with industry-focused companies who could help them save money throughout their competition and convention seasons, including some new faces. The 2023 Vendor Fair ran Tuesday and Wednesday, September 19 and 20, kicking off with a special tequila tasting on Tuesday, and featuring drawings for fun door prizes both days.
Business Partners included Conference Direct, Custom Built Awards, DanceBUG, DanceComp Genie, Road Rebel, and TourPro Software. Trade Show Exhibitors included Air Comm, Connect Payment Technologies, Discount Dance, Gerriets Dance Floors, POMS & Associates Insurance Brokers, Same Day Productions, and U.S. Apparel. Media Partners included Inside Dance magazine and DanceCompetitionHub.com.
ADCC Social Events
In addition to business sessions, there were ample social opportunities as well: a team-building Soap Box Derby on Monday, an ADCC ¡Fiesta! Welcome Reception open to all on Monday evening, a special social outing planned for Tuesday night at the Westgate Entertainment District, and of course a fun Wild, Wild West Party on Wednesday to close out your time together.
New Member Orientation
Those new to the ADCC were invited to attend a New Member Orientation on Sunday, September 17, before the retreat, to learn about how to take full advantage of membership in our association. Current members are also welcome at the session to learn more about ADCC programs and services.
2023 Conference Schedule
This year’s conference hotel was The Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, Arizona, just outside Phoenix, a beautiful property with an authentic Southwest flavor.
To Book Hotel Rooms
The Wigwam Reservations at 623-258-4676, Option 1.
Group Code ASI16CI
OR click the button below to register using a dedicated reservations link.
Please book before August 14 to get special ADCC block rate!