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 across the globe 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.
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 just a few of the organizations at which Gold has served at 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 more. The International Dance Educators Association launched in the summer of 2016 as the world’s first business organization open to all dance school owners, and already has over 250 members from the U.S., Canada and beyond.
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, 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.