History

National Dance Foundation began as National Dance Week and was formed in 1981 when a group of dance-related organizations began a strong “grass roots” movement to bring greater recognition to dance. National Dance Week was celebrated every April with events and performances throughout the country.  Each year this was headed by a different Celebrity Spokesperson such as Chita Rivera, Gregory Hines, Paula Abdul, Ann Reinking, Joe Tremaine and Frank Hachett.

National Dance Foundation was established as a non-profit foundation in 2011. Over the years, the organization’s dedication to its founding mission has inspired events and initiatives taking place throughout the year while continuing the tradition of a week long celebration in April.  These reflect the unique and creative abilities of the individuals and organizations who participate, encourage, and take the lead in an array of events and initiatives creatively celebrating dance in unlimited ways.  The goal is to be able to provide performance opportunities for all - including special needs dancers.  Also National Dance Foundation is active in awarding educational scholarships to dance teachers supporting our initiatives of inclusion and kindness.

The NDF Board consists of an Executive Director, Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and additional board members who head various committees. A volunteer workforce is also made up of NDF Ambassadors from all facets of the dance world across the country.

 Meet our Board

Cathy GrazianoExecutive Director

Nancy StoneChairman

Anneliese WilsonVice Chair, ABC for Dance

Sue GordonSecretary/Treasure, Algy Costumes

Joyce Pennington American Dance/Drill Team

Donna Mueller – Owner/Artistic Director Donna Mueller’s School of Dance 

Cheri EaganRepresentative for A Wish Come True Costume Company

Christy Lane- Dare to Dance

Katie Galtin - Mental Health Therapist

Tiffany Prout-Leitao - Owner/Artistic Director Center Stage Dance Academy