Be it pedagogy, advocacy, or promotion of dance, NDS members make important contributions to the discipline.  We have developed the following awards to recognize these contributions and encourage members to make nominations during the nomination period.

If you wish to nominate a member for any of our awards listed below, please complete our online awards nomination form. Once the completed application form is received, and membership is verified by the executive director, it is sent to the awards committee chair. Nominations are due by September 1.

Questions should be sent to the Awards Chair, Christa Davis.

Award Categories

2021 National Dance Society Award Recipients!

  • Nancy Kane

    Dr. Nancy Kane received the Dance Scholar Award! Called a "leader and trendsetter" by Dance Teacher magazine, Nancy Kane has enjoyed international success as [...]

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  • Ronelle Eddings

      Ms. Ronelle Eddings received the P-12 Master Dance Educator of the Year! Ronelle Jock Eddings is currently a Director of Dance at Creekview [...]

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  • John Fracchia

    Mr. John Fracchia received the Dance Honor Award! John Fracchia (Fray-Shuh) is an educator, author, film artist, and advocate who works at Ithaca College [...]

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  • gladys keeton

    Ms. Gladys M. Keeton received the Dance Legacy Award! Gladys M. Keeton has served the dance profession for fifty plus years and remains active [...]

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Past National Dance Society Award Recipients!

  • 2020 Award Recipient!

    Ms. Karen Smith received the Global Dance Educator Award!

    Karen Lynn Smith retired in 2013 as professor from Washington College in Chestertown, MD. Over 45 years she taught dance and physical education, developed the dance program, designed and implemented the dance minor, and directed the dance company. She has […]
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  • 2020 Award Recipient!

    Ms. Pamella Washburn received the P-12 Master Dance Educator Award.

    Pamella Washburn received her BFA in dance, with an emphasis in ballet, from William Woods College. During her senior year, she completed an internship with the Lexington Ballet Company in Kentucky. She also received a gifted education endorsement from […]
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  • 2020 Award Recipient!

    Ms. Lacreacia Sanders received the College/University Master Dance Educator Award!

    Lacreacia Sanders is an associate professor of dance at Tarrant County College Northwest and has been a dance educator for over 20 years. She holds an M.F.A. in dance from Texas Woman’s University and a B.E.S.S. in dance from […]
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  • 2020 Award Recipient!

    Ms. Judy Marks Clark received the Dance Honor Award!

    After 30+ years in public education, Judy Clark is currently a self-employed consultant. She earned her BS degree in health and physical education from Madison College, where she got her start in dance through the Modern Dance Ensemble and the […]

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  • 2019 Award Recipients!

    Ms. Allison Wilkins received the Undergraduate Dance Excellence Award!

    Ms. Allison Wilkins is a senior at Washington College and has been dancing since the age of three. Her love of dance started with ballet and soon expanded into multiple, different areas including jazz, contemporary, and modern. Throughout […]
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  • 2019 Award Recipients!

    Ms. Caroline Cox received the Undergraduate Dance Excellence Award!

    Ms. Caroline Cox, from Forest, Virginia, is a Dance Minor at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland, where she is a member of the class of 2019. She found her love for dance at Forest Dance Academy, where she danced from […]
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  • 2019 Award Recipient!

    Dr. Kelly Hendrick received the Dance Advocate Award!

    Dr. Kelly Hedrick has been principal at the Edward E. Brickell Academy for Art and Advanced Academics at Old Donation School for ten years. Although her career demonstrates tremendous support for dance and the other arts, she has been a great […]
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  • 2019 Award Recipient!

    Ms. Jill Cook received the Dance Advocate Award!

    Ms. Jill M. Cook is a true advocate for dance and the National Dance Society (NDS). Her expertise as a mental health professional, her personal knowledge of the dance field (four children study and work in dance and her husband is […]
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  • 2019 Award Recipient!

    Ms. Cheryl Stafford received the Dance Promotion in the Community Award!

    Ms. Cheryl Stafford, founder and artistic director of The Court Dancers for 30 years, is a professional dancer, singer, director and choreographer, and has been researching, performing and teaching historical dance since 1978. Classically trained in ballet, modern […]
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  • 2019 Award Recipient!

    Ms. Teresa Osborn received the Dance Promotion in the Community Award!

    Born in England, Ms. Teresa Osborn received her early education and dance training there. She taught, lectured, adjudicated competitions, and organized dance holidays at the Spencer Dance Center: Disco-Jazz, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Country Western, Latin, Ballroom, and Freestyle. […]
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  • 2019 Award Recipient!

    Ms. Bonnie Baker Richardson received the P-12 Master Dance Educator in Physical Education!

    Ms. Bonnie Baker Richardson received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a masters + 30 from Louisiana State University (LSU). She has taught K-12 physical education for 35 years in Acadia and East Baton Rouge Parish […]
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  • 2019 Award Recipient!

    Dr. Rebecca Clark received the P-12 Master Dance Educator Award!

    Ms. Rebecca Clark earned a BFA in dance performance and education from Towson University and a MS degree in curriculum and instruction with a focus on administration from McDaniel College. She has taught 19 years in the Maryland Public […]
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  • 2019 Award Recipient!

    Dr. Lisa O’Dear Lewis received the College/University Master Educator Award!

    Dr. Lisa O’Dear Lewis is a full professor in Health and Human Performance at Austin Peay State University (APSU). She received a B.S. in physical education with a dance minor, a M.S in wellness and fitness at Middle Tennessee […]
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  • 2019 Award Recipient!

    Dr. Mary Ann Laverty received the Dance Honor Award!

    Dr. Laverty is currently a Dance Specialist for Virginia Beach City Public Schools Gifted Dance Education Program. Prior to this, she was Director of Dance at Woodside High School (Newport News, VA) for fifteen years and a full-time Assistant Professor […]
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  • 2018 Award Recipients!

    Ms. Ami Christ received the Undergraduate Dance Excellence Award!

    Ms. Ami Crist is in the class of 2018 at Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland and ever since her mom signed her up for her first class, she has not stopped dancing (even for a sprained ankle). Some of her […]
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  • 2018 Award Recipients!

    The Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical EducationThe Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education received the Dance Advocate Award!

    The Society of State Leaders of Health and Physical Education (Society) is a professional association whose primary […]
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  • 2018 Award Recipients!

    Dr. Judy Patterson Wright received the Dance Scholar Award!

    Judy Patterson Wright earned her PhD in 1981 in motor learning and motor development from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she focused on the learning process for sequential dance skills and how teachers may facilitate the learning process. She […]
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  • 2018 Award Recipients!

    BJ Santos received the P-12 Master Dance Educator of the Year in Physical Education!

    physical activity and a safe learning environment fAfter naming her “Bette Jean” no middle name, her mother decided to call her BJ. She teaches at a non-traditional Charter School campus – Murray High School and […]
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  • 2018 Award Recipients!

    Ms. Inez Howard received the Dance Legacy Award!

    Inez Howard is a native of Camden, South Carolina. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina and the Master’s Degree in Dance Education from Columbia University.
    She completed […]

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  • 2017 Award Recipients!

    Ms. Keisha Breaker received the Dance Promotion in the Community Award!

    Keisha Breaker is a professional dancer and choreographer with 24 years of experience; she is currently utilizing her Bachelor’s degree in dance from Texas Woman’s University and her advanced, graduate-level training from the Alvin Ailey School of Dance […]
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  • 2017 Award Recipients!

    Ms. Gayanne Grossman received the Dance Advocate Award!

    Gayanne Grossman currently works as a physical therapist and educator at the Lehigh Valley Hospital Network, Performing Arts Medicine Program, and is the Director of Dance Wellness at Muhlenberg College. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Modern Dance and a […]
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  • 2017 Award Recipients!

    Dr. Danielle Jay Kirschenbaum received the Dance Scholar Award!

    Dr. Danielle Jay Kirschenbaum is a dancer, dance educator, and dance author who loves every day of her life! She began dancing at three and one half years old and continued her journey until she retired in July of 2012. […]
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  • 2017 Award Recipients!

    Dr. Christa A. Davis received the College/University Master Dance Educator of the Year Award!

    Dr. Christa A. Davis (aka Momma Storm) is an assistant professor of kinesiology at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho. She received a B.S. at Washington State University in Athletic Training, and Physical Education with a dance […]

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  • 2017 Award Recipients!

    Ms. Marian Simpson received the Dance Legacy Award!

    Marian Simpson began her teaching career in 1955 at Daniel Webster High School, Tulsa, OK, after earning a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern State College, Tahlequah, OK. She later completed a MA from Texas Woman’s University, which led to her position at […]
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  • 2016 Award Recipients!

    Alexandria Pooley received the Young Dance Professional Award!

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  • 2016 Award Recipients!

    Dr. Gayle Kassing received the Dance Scholar Award!

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  • 2016 Award Recipients!

    Sharon Rae Snowden received the Dance Promotion in the Community Award!

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  • 2016 Award Recipients!

    Autumn Belk received the Dance Promotion in the Community Award!

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  • 2016 Award Recipients!

    Dr. Tarin Hampton received the Global Dance Educator Award!

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  • 2016 Award Recipients!

    Christine Bergeron received the College/University Master Dance Educator Award!

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  • 2016 Award Recipients!

    Valerie A. Winborne received the P-12 Master Dance Educator Award!

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  • 2016 Award Recipients!

    Dr. Sandra Weeks received the Dance Honor Award!

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  • 2016 Award Recipients!

    Dr. Kathleen Kindfather received the Dance Legacy Award!

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