NDTA - Purpose & History
Our mission is to help our members by sharing information and resources, and to advance the art of ballroom dancing.
The purpose of the organization is to help professional dance teachers in the fields of ballroom, latin, country western, swing, theater arts and other similar types of partner or social dances prosper both artistically and financially.
Our goals are to share information and provide resources to our members, as well as to supervise examinations through which our members can become certified as having demonstrated the required proficiency level to serve as professional dance instructors in their fields. NDTA is a member and approved Certifying Organization of the National Dance Council of America, the official governing council of dance and dancesport in the USA.
In 1974, a group of dance instructors formed an association to strive to advance the Art of Ballroom Dancing, standardize the teaching material, expose the members to progressive methods of instruction, keep members informed of new trends in the social and competitive dance fields and add integrity to the profession. They called their organization Florida Dance Teachers Association (FDTA), Florida’s “ALL BALLROOM” Association. Five meetings were held yearly; each offering four seminars, one each from the Bronze and Silver NCDTO Syllabus, and two other suitable variations, competition material or “current trend” dances, music and training. Socials, buffets and potluck dinners added opportunities for good fellowship and lighthearted fun. Led by founder, Jim Forest, together with the assistance of Larry Dean, Jerry Jarzem, Howard Marlow, Terry Henes, Pat Patterson and Mae Patterson, the Florida Dance Teachers Association, Inc. incorporated in 1976 as a non-profit corporation for the encouragement, improvement and promotion of dancing; to institute, conduct, manage and provide a forum for dance teachers to exchange information and ideas, disseminate proper materials to enhance the integrity and capabilities of dance teachers, fix qualifications of membership and to protect and promote the mutual interest of its members. The FDTA joined the Council, then known as the National Council of Dance Teachers Organizations (NCDTO). In order to expand and attract members outside of Florida, in 1985 the organization name was changed to National Dance Teachers Association of America, Inc.
Our goal is to continue to provide support, syllabus materials, and assistance to members to enhance their expertise. We offer qualification examinations for certification in different levels and styles as well as traditional Medal Tests. Our meetings provide seminar workshop presentations teaching techniques as well as variations and patterns in a variety of dance forms, both social and competitive. Our members have the tools to give their students quality lessons to provide them with a sense of accomplishment and self-confidence for a healthy, happy, physically fit future through dancing.
With the explosion of dance, it is more important than ever to establish high teaching and ethical standards and to distinguish qualified teachers based on training, certification and experience. We provide certification in all styles of ballroom including:
Upcoming Dance EVENTS
Our next event is scheduled for October 30th from 3p-5p. Two workshops by top local dance professionals. Free to all NDTA members!
General admission: $25 for both, $15 for one.
Officers & Directors
Herb Vazquez, President
Lee Fox, Vice President
Jody Dancer, Secretary
Millie Ledoux, Treasure, Webert Benoit, Memberships
Full Board of Directors:
Denise Gay Lazo
Lee Fox – Chairman
Past President & Parliamentarian:
National Dance Teachers Association, Inc. is a 501(c)(6) Nonprofit organization, formed in 1976. Our mission is to help promote the art of ballroom dancing.
You may reach us at:
Phone: (954) 782-7760
Mail: Herb Vazquez, President, NDTA
2309 E Atlantic Blvd.
Pompano Beach, FL US, 33062
Or Contact us via the Contact page on this website.