First Time Attendee

First time attending a Dance/USA Annual Conference?

Let us know when you register for the Conference! Also, be sure to attend the First Time Attendee Breakfast, June 7 from 8:30am-9:30am at The L.A. Hotel Downtown, where you will meet Dance/USA Board Members, Dance/USA Staff, and seasoned Dance/USA Annual Conference Attendees who can give you tips on making the most of your Conference experience.

Here Are a Few Tips to Help You Get the Most Out of Your Experience

  • Check the weather in Los Angeles, CA. During the month of June, Los Angeles climate averages 65 °F with average daily highs of 75 °F. While rain is rare, be prepared as this is a campus style Conference and you may be walking between venues. Wear layers so you are prepared for the summer heat and also the air conditioning in venues where sessions are held.
  • Bring your business cards. You will be meeting a lot of people and will want to stay connected after the Conference concludes.
  • Pack your charger & snacks. We will be spending much of our time away from the Conference Hotel in surrounding arts venues, so be sure to pack what you need to get you through the whole day.
  • Download the Conference Mobile App. This will have the most up-to-date schedule, speaker line-up, and ways to connect with your fellow attendees. We'll let you know when the mobile app is live and ready for download.
  • Plan your time. Check out the Conference schedule to know when you have time to eat, rest, network, and explore Los Angeles between and after events.
  • Utilize your downtime. Have informal meetings with like-minded people. Make sure to take breaks so you are not over-whelmed with new information nor your schedule.
  • Distill every talk down to one key takeaway. Given our short memories and the great amount of stimuli, it is important to distill each presentation down to a central point. After each presentation, ask yourself what struck you, what did you learn?
  • Defy structure to mine the circumstantial. Often the greatest benefits of the Conference are the networking opportunities. We want you to attend as much of the rich programming as you can, but know that you will get the most of the experience when you don’t feel pressured by the structure.
  • Follow up with your new contacts. Connecting with people you met during the Conference is best done in the days immediately following your return. Send follow-ups while the Conference is still fresh in everyone’s minds.
  • Complete the surveys. This is an enormous help to us to find ways to grow, evolve, and change the content and format of the Conference for future years.

Be sure to read the frequently asked questions page and explore the Conference website to learn more about the Conference.