- National Dance Association
National Dance Association Established 1932 President Marcey Siegel Location Reston, VA, USA Affiliations American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance Website National Dance Association
The National Dance Association (NDA), headquartered in Reston, VA, is an association within the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). The oldest of dance education organizations, NDA develops programs, publishes books and materials and sponsors professional development conferences for dance educators in a broad range of disciplines.
- 1 History
- 2 Mission and Vision
- 3 Areas of Interest
- 4 National Impact
- 5 Nu Delta Alpha
- 6 Officers
- 7 Annual Awards
- 8 External links
- 9 Related Organizations
- 10 See also
The National Dance Association was originally established in 1932 as the section on Dance by the American Physical Education Association (APEA), a forerunner to the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (AAHPER). It was elevated to Divisional status in 1965 and nine years later became an association within the newly renamed American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
Mission and Vision
Areas of Interest
NDA serves dance educators in the following areas: Early Childhood Elementary Secondary College/University Private Studios/ Schools Dance Medicine & Science Dance Technology Curriculum Development Publications Development Dance Performance Dance for the Differently Abled Advocacy and Public Relations [clarification needed]
Teacher/Dance Educator Enhancement
NDA promotes dance professionalism through continuing education credits in workshops and conventions held at national, district and state levels. Publications include NDA's landmark document, the National Standards for Dance Education, Opportunity- to- Learn Standards for Dance and Anne Green Gilbert's Creative Dance for All Ages.
Lobbying and Advocacy
NDA supports legislature, which enhances dance education opportunities for all ages and abilities.
Dance Science and Somatics
NDA is at the forefront supporting efforts to integrate technology within the arts through such conferences as Dancing with the Mouse. NDA supports healthy lifestyles through its publications Dance Movement Therapy and Preventing Dance Injuries.
NDA supports collaboration with other Alliance structures and external partnerships to promote dance on a National level. Some of these external partnerships include collaborations with Dance and the Child International (DACI), UNITY, Arts Education Partnership (AEP), the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, VSA Arts and Callerlab.
NDA is a strong advocate at the national level for promoting arts education and has established nationally recognized standards for dance education at all developmental levels.
National Dance Standards
The National Dance Standards were developed by the National Dance Association in 1994 as part of the National Standards for Arts Education developed by the Consortium of National Arts Education Associations and prepared under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities (Copyright ©1994, 2nd printing 1996. All rights reserved). They serve as the guiding principles for defining dance competencies at each of the developmental levels of dance students (K-4, 5-8, 9-12, College).
Nu Delta Alpha
Nu Delta Alpha is the Premiere Honor Society recognizing Students and Professionals for High Achievements in Dance. It is designed for dance education students, dance educators, and professional dancers to express their devotion to the art form by sharing, recognizing, and promoting dance education within schools and communities. Nu Delta Alpha chapters are designated for middle through high school, college through professional levels, private studios, and preparatory and home schools. Affiliation with Nu Delta Alpha provides students and professionals with the opportunity to advocate for dance education.
NDA is governed by a Board of Directors.
President Marcey Siegel Manor Hill School Past President Nancy Kane, Ph.D SUNY College at Cortland ty President-elect Gladys Keeton Texas Woman's University Representative, Board of Governors Fran Meyer, Ph.D Educational Consultant Vice President, Education Freddie Thompson-Esters Hollywood High School Vice President, Performance Willys Ann Gaines Willys Gaines Dance Theatre Vice President, Performance-elect Sharon Rae Sharon Rae Dance Vice President, Science & Somatics Leslie Walden, Ed.D Illinois State University Director, State/District Marian Simpson Wayne State College (Retired) Director, Publications Sandy Weeks, Ph.D Texas A&M University-Commerce Parliamentarian Joanne Lunt, Ed.D. Winthrop University
The Heritage Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contribution of national or international significance to dance in the following categories: Teaching excellence; Establishment or administration of a functioning dance department, center or program; Research or publication; Consulting; Choreography; Performance; Notation; or Related Arts.
The first Heritage Award was presented in 1953.
Heritage Award Winners
2009 - Lee Wakefield, Linda Wakefield 2008 - Mary Jane Wolbers 2007 - Earlynn J. Miller 2006 - Joan Woodbury 2005 - Gus Giordano 2004 - Donald McKayle 2003 - Ruth Solomon 2002 - Connie Jo Hepworth-Woolston 2001 - Nelda Guererro Drury 2000 - Mary Maitland Kimball 1999 - Kathryn G Ellis 1998 - Mary Bee Jensen 1997 - Kathleen Kinderfather 1996 - Margie R Hanson 1995 - Alma Hawkins 1994 - Jeanette Hypes 1993 - Jean Erdman 1992 - Betty Toman 1991 - Bella Lewitsky, Margaret Small Mains 1990 - Charlotte York Irey 1989 - Rose L Strasser 1988 - Michael Herman, Mary Ann Herman 1987 - Lois Ellfeldt 1986 - Evelyn Lockman 1985 - Aileene Lockhart 1984 - Miriam Lidster 1983 - Peter Wisher 1982 - Mary Ella Montague 1980 - Dudley Ashton 1979 - Gladys Andrews Fleming 1978 - M. Francis Dougherty 1977 - Elizabeth R Hayes 1976 - Hanya Holm 1975 - Miriam Gray 1974 - Marian VanTuyl 1973 - Gertrude Lippincott 1972 - Vyts Beliajus 1971 - Katherine Dunham 1970 - Charles Weidman 1969 - Ruth L. Murray 1968 - Lucille Czardorns 1967 - John Martin 1966 - Martha Hill Davis 1965 - Ted Shawn 1964 - Louis Horst 1963 - Margaret H'Doubler
The NDA Scholar/Artist is selected by the NDA Research Committee. The awardee serves for one year beginning at the AAHPERD National Convention at which he/she delivers the NDA Scholar/Artist Lecture. The NDA Scholar/Artist is chosen by the following criteria:
• A scholarly record as evidenced by publications, presentations and other creative works including choreography extending over ten (10) years.
• Currently producing scholarly materials or other creative works.
• Document in-depth study of dance.
• Capable of communicating ideas and knowledge to selected arts groups as well as to groups in the Alliance disciplines
The first NDA Scholar was selected in 1977. The designation of Scholar was changed in 1995 to include "Artist" in the title; whereas, the first NDA Scholar/Artist was named in 1996.
2013 - 2012 - 2011 - 2010 - Gayle Kassing 2009 - Marita Cardinal 2008 - Wendy Oliver 2007 - Theresa Purcell Cone 2006 - Paulette Côté 2005 - Anne Green Gilbert 2004 - Nancy Brooks Schmitz 2003 - Janice LaPointe-Crump 2002 - James W. Penrod 2001 - Rayma K. Beal 2000 - Lynnette Y. Overby 1999 - Sandra Minton 1998 - Billie Lepczyk 1997 - Bill Evans 1996 - Shirley Ririe 1995 - Penelope Hanstein 1994 - Susan W. Stinson 1993 - Judith Gray 1992 - Ruth Solomon 1991 - Janice Gudde Plastino 1990 - Edrie Ferdun 1989 - Sarah Chapman Hilsendager 1988 - Earlynn Miller 1987 - Mary Ella Montague 1986 - Aileene S. Lockhart 1985 - Mary Alice Brennan 1984 - Lois Ellfeldt 1983 - Charlotte York Irey 1982 - M. Frances Dougherty 1981 - Araminta Little 1980 - Ruth L. Murray 1979 - Miriam Gray 1978 - Elizabeth R. Hayes
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- Nu Delta Alpha Dance Education Honor Society
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