National Dance Association
|National Dance Association|
|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||Mary Ann Laverty||Woodside High School, Norfolk, VA||Past President||Freddie Thompson-Esters||Hollywood High School, CA||Representative, Board of Governors||Anne Stewart
Del Mar University, retired
|Vice President, Education||Nancy Brooks Schmitz
Univ. of Guam, emeritus
Vice President, Education Elect Debra Knapp New Mexico State University
|Vice President, Performance||Janys Antonio
California State University San Bernardino
|Vice President, Science & Somatics||Lisa Lewis
Austin Peay State University
Vice President Science & Somatics -Elect Susan Mayes University of Arkansas-Fayetteville
|Director, State/District||Sanja Korman|
|Director, Publications||Sandy Weeks, Ph.D||Texas A&M University-Commerce|
|Parliamentarian||Fran Meyers||Educational Consultant
Nu Delta Alpha Chair Karen Lynn Smith Maryland Council for Dance, Inc.
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 - Debra Knapp||2012 - Josie Metal-Corbin||2011 - Karen Kaufman||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|
- National Dance Association
- American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance AAHPERD
- Southern District AAHPERD
- Central District AAHPERD
- Eastern District AAHPERD
- Midwest District AAHPERD
- Northwest District AAHPERD
- Southwest District AAHPERD
- Nu Delta Alpha Dance Education Honor Society