Today is my first day back in the office, and I find myself staring out the window and wishing I were back in the Miami heat with all of you. What a conference! It was truly a group effort, and I have many to thank.
To our host city, Miami—thank you for inspiring us with such culture, hospitality, and professionalism. Bravo to Danny Lewis and his staff and students for their hard work and excellence. I also have to thank the rest of the behind the scenes crew—my staff and volunteers. You know who you are, and your hours of work do not go unnoticed. To the presenters and exhibitors, thank you for your leadership, innovation, and resourcefulness in the field. You have inspired our membership, and re-energized our passion for teaching.
And last but certainly not least, I owe my utmost gratitude to our amazing membership. I truly enjoyed interacting with so many of you in person, as you are the heartbeat of what makes this organization so great. Although the temperatures are near freezing here in DC, I am filled with such warmth and gratitude, as you all remind me of why I have the best job in the world.
As our Saturday evening keynote speaker and superintendent of Miami Dance Schools, Alberto Carvalho put it so eloquently, we hold in our hands the power to influence our world in a way that brings hope and unity. Regardless of your gender, ethnicity, or circumstance, dance is something we all share in common. It is inherent to our humanity, and we must not give up our pursuit to ensure quality and equality of dance education as part of every school system. Back to work, and back to making a difference!