Drums Alive’s 1st Annual Summer Conference!


June 29th and 30th

Dayton, Ohio

Deepen your practice, learn from the experts, and enjoy the powerful connection of drumming!

Location and Date

Join us in Dayton, Ohio on June 29th and 30th for two days full of Drums Alive workshops, sessions and networking

Extend your license

Attending the Drums Alive conference will extend your existing Drums Alive license by 1 year

Become An instructor

Attend one or both of the trainings taking place prior to the conference. Drums Alive Basic training on June 27th and Golden Beats on June 28th

Join the first annual Drums Alive conference!!!

Our first ever conference is being held in Kettering, OH, right outside of Dayton on June 29th and 30th.

Registration cost – $199

Discounted rate of $149 available if you attend one of the Drums Alive pre-conference trainings being held on June 27th and 28th.

Who Can Attend? 

Anyone that has completed a Drums Alive Basic course or purchased a DRUMTASTIC curriculum can attend the conference. If you would like to attend but have not completed the training yet, you can attend the live training happening before the conference or take the Drums Alive Basic Online course.

Get Started With

Drums Alive® BASIC

Feel the rhythm with the dynamic movements and powerful percussions of this new and unique high-energy dance rhythmical workout. It’s a program for everyone and ANY ability! This full body workout combines movement with the power of drumming and acts as a powerful tool for stress reduction and mental balance…leaving you feeling like a rock star! 

Event Details


June 29th, 2024: 8 AM-5:30 PM

June 30th, 2024: 8 AM-3:30 PM


Kettering Recreation Complex

2900 Glengarry Dr, Kettering, OH 45420


Registration cost – $199

Discounted rate of $149 available if you attend one of the Drums Alive pre-conference trainings being held on June 27th and 28th.


Please note that Pre-conference trainings and the conference take place at different locations

Conference Location

Kettering Recreation Complex  2900 Glengarry Dr. Kettering 45420

Conference Hotel

Spring Hill Suites: Marriot  in Beavercreek – There are a block of rooms booked from June 24- July 1 and can be booked for any timeframe during this period

Rate- (King *165)and Queen 155* Available) Tax*

Next door to Fairfield Commons Mall, Many restaurant, Target, Chick-fil-A, Red Robin, Starbucks, Crumbl Cookie, Etc.. 

Must Specify Drums Alive to get Group Rate

Driving – 15 minute drive to conference location

21 min to training location in Xenia, so we recommend Xenia Hampton Inn for those that are only taking Basic/Golden Training



Training location

Xenia Community Center :  1204 W. Second St.  Xenia  45385 

Training Hotel

Hampton Inn, Xenia – 3 min drive, 21 minute walk to training center. There are a block of rooms booked from June 24- July 1 and can be booked for any timeframe during this period

rate  $179 Double Suite

Next door to Walmart, Lowes, Skyline, Penn Station,  (near Popeyes, Sonic, Applebee’s,  Dunkin’, etc…)

Must specify Drums Alive to get group rate!




Please note that there are additional hotels that are within a similar distance to the conference site but we were not able to secure group rates at these locations. You can find a list of those hotels below for individual booking. We encourage you to book the option that works best for you and your travel needs.


Recommended Airports

We recommend flying into:

Dayton International Airport (DAY) 23 miles

Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG) 67 miles

John Glenn Columbus International Airport (LCK) 79 miles




A Drums Alive Master Class Presented By Carrie Ekins and all attending Drums Alive Master Trainers Experience a full 1-hour Drums Alive class with choreographies from all of the attending Drums Alive Master Trainers
A Year of Class Designs at Your Fingertips! Presented By Kelly Jackson and Michele DeLong Understanding of the DRUMTASTIC Curriculum/Monthly Class Designs and how they can be used with all ages/abilities
Choreography Showdown – 32 Count vs. Verse Chorus – A Battle of Beats and Movement Presented By Katherine Farfan-Selim and Ahmed Selim Learn when to use 32 count versus and chorus-verse choreography in your Drums Alive classes
Setting the Rhythm: Mastering Warmups and Coldowns in Drums Alive Presented By Ahmed Selim By participating in this workshop, you’ll leave equipped with the skills and confidence to deliver safe, fun, and effective warm-up and cool-down sessions in your Drums Alive classes, ultimately enhancing the overall experience for your participants
It’s a Drums Alive Emergency! Presented By Dorie Philips Skills to handle an emergency to the best of their ability
Muscle Mixes Presented By Denise Imbesi Join Denise as she coveres music licensings, playlsit building and the ability to adjust music for your class needs
Revolutionizing Doctor-Patient Relationships in Aging Care Through Evidence-Based Arts Interventions Presented By Alyssa Janey How ESTEAM Health is developing opportunities for Drums Alive Golden Beats facilitators
Step Back and Groove Presented By Katherine Farfan-Selim Mixed Choreography for Seated and Standing Golden Beats classes
Speak It! (Speak it Good!) Presented By Kelly Jackson How to use speech patterning to facilitate rhythmic success while activating the brain
Drums Alive World Rythms Presented By Katherine Farfan-Selim Adding Diversity To Your Playlist And Expose Your Students To New Cultures
Now What? Equipment Failures Presented By Dorie Philips and Hachya Franklin Learning impromptu activities and games to use when you have equipment failures in your classes
Functional Beats Circuit Training Presented By Teri Lund Come away with an understanding of the benefits of a functional drum circuit
Look Ma! No Sticks! Presented By Yolanda Brown Walk away with new choreography requiring no equipment
Yes And! Incorporating Improv Into Your Classes Presented By Kelly Jackson How to use improvisational techniques to promote creativity and connection
Decoding Choreography, Seated or Standing Presented By Dorie Philips Gain confidence in leading by breaking down choreography while demonstrating seated or standing routines
Adapting Folk Dances to Drumtastic Presented By Michele DeLong Gain ideas on how to adapt traditional folk dances to your Drums Alive/DRUMTASTIC classes as a way to add an element of variety to your classes
Purposeful Playlist Planning Presented By Yolanda Brown Learn how to intentionally but together your playlist to best fit your classes
Hot Seat Choreography Presented By Kelly Jackson Gain confidence and the ability to create a simple choreography for any song using skills learned in your training
You Be You! Presented By Teri Lund How to teach a wide variety of fitness levels in 1 class
Wellness Beats Presented By Carrie Ekins Finish the conference learning how Wellness Beats can be used to release a dynamic flow of positive feelings and emotions!

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