About the DDCA Fall Coaches Conference

Each year, the DDCA hosts a Fall Conference for its members. Emphasis is placed on providing informative classes for coaches, as well as, social interaction with other members. The conference is usually a two-day event held in mid-September or early October. DDCA Members, Associate Members, Business Members, and Judges are all invited to attend. The conference location changes periodically as it travels to different areas of the State. In the past, Coaches Conference has traveled to the Oregon Coast, Pendleton, the Portland Metro Area, Salem, Central Oregon, and Eugene.

What is offered at Coaches Conference

Fellow coaches, judges, and local dance experts provide training classes to help boost your success throughout the year. Both movement classes (i.e. jazz, modern, contemporary, hip-hop and more) and educational dance classes (i.e. new coaches training, scoresheet education, music & formation classes, coaching tips) are offered. When attending conference, we encourage coaches to split up their staff and take as many classes as possible. Coaches Conference also provides an excellent opportunity to bond with your coaching staff and network with fellow coaches, judges, Board Members, and vendors.

The DDCA Fall Membership Meeting is held on the last day of Coaches Conference, typically on Sunday morning. All DDCA Members are highly encouraged to attend the meeting, whether or not they are able to participate in Coaches Conference. If your entire staff is unable to attend the meeting, please make sure at least one staff member can be present – the discussions are important, and the membership votes on the election of members to the DDCA Board of Directors, as well as other important membership issues. There is no fee for attending the meeting only.

DDCA Business Members

Business Members are encouraged to attend Coaches Conference by sponsoring a vendor booth. It is a great opportunity to market a business, develop contacts, conduct business, and network with Oregon dance team coaches.

Register to become a DDCA Business Member

Or contact the DDCA Board for more information.

Visit the DDCA Members page for more information about becoming a DDCA Member.

2016 DDCA Coaches Conference

Dates: September 17, 2016
Location: Ambridge Event Center, Portland, OR
Conference Registration Fees: $75 ($100 after September 5th 2016)


Register your Seniors – HERE

DDCA Fall Conference Schedule of the Day (times are set, classes are subject to change)
2016 Fall Membership Meeting Agenda

Are you interested in teaching a class or do you have helpful suggestions for our event? Please email the DDCA Board.

Block Room Rate Information

We have a First come First serve rate with Shilo Inn Rose Garden (next to the Ambridge Center) for $94 a night + taxes.

DO NOT SAY YOU ARE WITH A GROUP simply say you have a RATE CODE OF “AIMBRIDGE” (Yes there is an I in it). To make reservations, call 1-503-736-6300.

Fall Conference Guest Speaker – Jon Arpino

Jon Arpino is a pioneer, innovator and dance industry entrepreneur. Jon is passionate about dance, music and technology, and he is committed to working on projects that help inspire dance teachers and students to reach new creative heights. Jon has worked with and advised choreographers, dance teachers and dance studios around the world. Jon first became passionate about dance as a young dance student in Massachusetts, and he has since turned his passion for dance into creating innovative new dance education products and services. Throughout his career Jon has worked with world-renowned choreographers to produce films, such as Movement One starring tWitch, and touring shows, such as Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound Dance Company. Jon’s latest project is CLI Studios – a revolutionary new program that connects 50 of the industry’s most sought after choreographers with dancers, dance teachers and dance studios around the world.