Author Archives: National Dance Week

What Dance Means To Me by Melissa Hoffman – Melissa Hoffman Dance Academy

When tasked with the question “What dance means to me” the simple answer is “Dance it life!”  I could write for days all the different ways dance has positively influenced my life, but I will focus on one of my … Continue reading


A story about courage and inspiration by Gina Assetta – NDWF Executive Board Member

When I was asked to write for the NDWF blog I thought I’d write about how I’ve watched National Dance Week grow over the last 9 years.  I’d like to save that topic for another day and talk about how … Continue reading


Sports Nutrition for Dancers By Shantha M. Wilson, R.D.

As dancers, you know your body is your instrument.  But have you ever thought of yourself as an athlete?  Dancers are indeed athletes, with many dancers training 6-8 hours per day five to six days per week.  Sports nutrition is … Continue reading


A NDWF’s cookbook receipe

Enjoy this wonderful appetizer from A Wish Come True Spicy Shrimp and Crab Bruschetta 6 servings ¼ bottled clam juice 6 ounces uncooked large shrimp, peeled, deveined 6 green onions, thinly sliced 1/3 cup mayonnaise 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice … Continue reading


Let’s help dancers follow their dreams and discover their future by Susan Epstein NDWF Board Member and owner West Park Productions

About a year ago a colleague of mine sent me an e-mail from a distraught parent.  It seems his daughter, we’ll call her Kelly, wanted to earn a bachelor’s degree in dance. With misguidance from high school counselors or her … Continue reading


Dancers Kick Bullying to the Curb By Sue Gordon NDWF Secretary and Algy Costume Company

You don’t have to be a Super Hero to fight injustice. Every day we have the opportunity to make our world a little better. As dancers we are always trying to grow and improve. We want to be better in … Continue reading


“Stop Comparing Yourself to Others”

No matter how much things change is how much things stay the same.  This is a great article that is encouraging to us all….plus a bit of history “Martha Graham on the Hidden Danger of Comparing Yourself to Others” by … Continue reading


How to Celebrate National Dance Week at Your Studio by Maureen Gelchion NDWF Representative and Owner Astoria Dance Centre, Queens NY

How to Celebrate National Dance Week at Your Studio You love dance, you know its benefits and you want others to share in your joy. 23 years ago I thought NDW is the perfect way to share my joy.  The … Continue reading


Dancing Through the Holidays by Anneliese Wilson ABC For Dance and NDWF Vice Chair

Holidays are stressful times for many people.  Very often those in the dance industry find them even more stressful due to the pressures of family, work, holiday performances, disrupted routines and parties and celebrations.  Whether you are a dancer, teacher, … Continue reading


My Story by Nancy Stone – NDWF Chairman and Art Stone the Competitor

A long time member and supporter of National Dance Week, I was asked, in 2002 to be the National Spokesperson for NDW—what an honor!  So many things have happened to in the past 12 years. Our recognition nationwide has grown … Continue reading