Mrs. Patricia Goulding, Former Executive Director of National Dance Week, brought to her position a background rooted in dance education having taught the dance arts for more than 35 years in both academic and studio settings. A graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA, Mrs. Goulding also holds licensure as a Registered Nurse and is a published author with articles in many periodical publications and the historical study, "Growing Up Golden." She has held membership in Dance Masters of America, Dance Educators of America, the National Registry of Dance Educators and the honor society, Phi Kappa Phi. Her experience in teaching the dance arts to special needs students is strong as is her work with liturgical dance groups. She began with NDW as National Coordinator of Regional Directors and was instrumental in establishing the present format which is followed for assigning such delegates and overseeing their varied activities and events. Mrs. Goulding also conceived the Academic Project and Mentor Program of NDW. Her work in National Dance Week and years in the dance profession have brought her the honor bestowed on her by the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management at Oklahoma City University when they awarded Mrs. Goulding their Preservation of Our Heritage in American Dance Award in March of 2006. Her eclectic background has brought a rich range of understanding to the many different facets of dance in America today and she has made concerted efforts to have all aspects of the art including classical, theater, ethnic, liturgical, historical, commercial, social and therapeutic dance represented in the annual NDW celebrations.
It is her inspiration that leads us to ask dance educators and enthusiasts nationwide to become National Dance Week Representatives, and do what they can to bring dance to their communities.
Watch the presenation of the "Preservation of Our Heritage in American Dance Award to Patricia Goulding." The Dean of the Ann Lacy School of American Dance and Arts Management, John Bedford, speaks extensively about NDW.