Growing up in the studio family business, Joe Naftal is the marketing director for Dance Connection in Islip, New York. As the studio's marketing director, Joseph oversees business and development, advertising, accounts receivable, public relations, office administration, production of the studio's annual recital, and is the advisor for the studio's National Honor Society for Dance Arts chapter. Joe regularly collaborates with dance studio owners around the world, is a member of the DanceStudioOwner.com expert panel, has been on the seminar faculty of the Energize Conference in Chicago and the Dance Teacher Summit in NYC, and has been featured several times in Dance Teacher Magazine. Aside from his work at the studio, Joe is a lighting designer, assistant designer, and production manager for classical and contemporary theatre, modern dance, ballet, and opera. He holds a BFA in Lighting Design from University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.