National Dance Association

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[citation needed], NDA develops programs, publishes books and materials and sponsors professional development conferences for dance educators in a broad range of disciplines.



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

Mission statement

The National Dance Association leads in promoting and supporting creative, artistic and healthy lifestyles through quality services and programs in dance and dance education.[citation needed]

Vision Statement

The National Dance Association envisions a society where dance and dance education are an integral part of education and community life.[citation needed]

Areas of Interest

The National Dance Association develops programs, publishes books and materials and sponsors professional development conferences for dance educators in a broad range of disciplines.[citation needed]

Constituencies Served

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.

National Impact

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

Annual Awards

Heritage Award

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.

Dance Scholar/Artists

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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