The mission of the National Dance Society is to provide leadership in promoting research in, advocating for, and using best practices in the delivery of dance and dance education that furthers dance as an art form, as a support for academic success, and as a process for improving individuals’ health and wellness in a multicultural society.
NDS Seven Purposes Are To:
- Advocate for funding, research, and offering evidence-based educational programs that promote varied forms of dance within schools, community programs, and venues for concert art;
- Promote leadership skills and strategies to strengthen dance education within schools, the community, the state, and nation;
- Encourage professional involvement in dance education and recognizing excellence among professional and future dance educators;
- Educate key decision-makers about the value of dance in education reform, economic development, and health promotion across the lifespan;
- Support research in dance as related to program and curriculum development, program and student assessment, instructional delivery, performance, academic achievement, and personal wellness;
- Identify (or develop) and disseminate professional materials to help those developing programs, designing dance curriculum, and providing dance instruction in a variety of learning environments: including fine arts programs, physical education curriculum, recreation and leisure settings, community- and cultural-based venues, studios, and professional settings;
- Provide a broad range of professional development workshops, training programs, and performance opportunities.