Author Archives: National Dance Week

Dance is in the air! by Joyce Pennington NDWF Board Member and owner American Dance/Drill Team

Spring is in the air!  Yes, leaps, turns, high kicks, glitzy costumes, dynamic confetti cannons are lighting up the stages around the country as dance teams are presenting their Spring Shows and studios are preparing for the Recitals.  It is … Continue reading


Dance Mom by Anneliese Wilson NDWF Vice Chair Board Member and owner of ABC for Dance

My mother was a professional dancer and I always swore I wouldn’t be following in her footsteps, funny how things change from when you were 8.  One year I remember asking to take dance with all of my friends at … Continue reading



National Dance Week…..April 24 – May 3 2015.  It is my pleasure especially at times like this to be the Executive Director of such a wonderful and positive non-profit foundation.   Thank to all who have spent time, energy, and … Continue reading


Let’s celebrate dance! by Suzanne Blake Gerety Director of

It is time to put some of the fun back in dance.  This is what National Dance Week inspires us to do. Get out there and spread the excitement and celebrate all the joy that dance offers. Couldn’t we all … Continue reading


Love Your Body Week: teaching body positivity through dance by Mary Pisegna Gorder

It is no secret that dancers have complicated relationships with their bodies. On the one hand, our bodies are our art, our livelihood, and our means of expression. On the other, as we train in dance, it is easy to … Continue reading


Dancerprenuer by Susan Epstein NDWF Board Member

It’s my new word.  I have come to realize that we are more than dancers; we are creative innovators, reinventing ourselves over and over again, sometimes at considerable risk.  That’s the perfect word for us – Dancerpreneur.  Dancers are often … Continue reading



Eighteen years ago I attended a dance convention whom the director of was an acquaintance. We spent time talking during lunch and he asked if I would be interested in organizing an event in St. Louis that would celebrate National … Continue reading


What’s In Your Dance Bag?By Shantha M. Wilson, R.D.

In my last column, we discussed sports nutrition for dancers and its importance for peak performance, for the body to repair itself daily, and for injury prevention.  It is such a large topic that an overview of sports nutrition for … Continue reading


Team Up With National Dance Week 2015 by Anneliese Wilson – ABC for Dance and NDWF Board Member

Keeping your studio or company name in front of the public is a challenge for most dancers.  Paid advertising can be effective, but costly and sometimes it’s hard to know how to get exposure otherwise.  Teaming up with National Dance … Continue reading


A Special Thank You by Cathy Graziano Executive Director

National Dance Week Foundation is honored to thank both Curtain Call Costumes and UDMA for their donation in the name of Patrica Goulding National Dance Week was formed in 1981 by a group of dance related organizations who began a strong “grass … Continue reading