Growing up in the studio family business, Joe Naftal is the Marketing Director and Production Manager for Dance Connection in Islip, New York. As the studio's Marketing Director and Production Manager, Joe oversees business development, sales, advertising, public relations, office administration, and the production of the studio's annual recital. Joe regularly collaborates with dance studio owners around the world, has been on the seminar faculty of the Dance Teacher Summit in New York City and the Energize Conference in Chicago, has been featured in Dance Teacher Magazine, and sits on the Expert Panel for DanceStudioOwner.com. Aside from his work at the studio, Joe is a lighting designer for classical and contemporary theatre, modern dance, ballet, and opera. He holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in lighting design from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts and is a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE).