About Us

Our History

The National Hand Dance Association was organized and founded in the Summer of 1994.  There were twenty-one (21) original members.  The formal introduction of the Association occurred on Sunday, December 18, 1994 with the culmination of the “Third Annual Hand Dance Competition Ball,” held at the J. W. Marriott Hotel.

Our Purpose

Our purpose is threefold:

  • To Preserve
  • To Educate, and
  • To Promote

the art form of Hand Dancing in the community.

Our Goals

The Association’s programs have a dual focus, i.e., hand dancing as an art form and a as a community service.  Hand dancing as an art form will be represented by the creation of a national archive.  In so doing, the NHDA will educate the public-at-large.  The archive will also preserve materials including tape-recorded oral histories, still photographs, video footage, memorabilia and other items which tell the story of hand dancing.  In addition, the Association plans to use these materials in school programs, publications, and exhibits to increase awareness.

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Mission Statement

The National Hand Dance Association (“NHDA”) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization.  The mission of NHDA is to “Preserve, Educate and Promote the cultural art form of. Hand Dance.”* The National Hand Dance Association is the clearinghouse and resource center by which information on D.C. Hand Dance (also known as “Hand Dance”) is disseminated. NHDA …

The History of NHDA

The National Hand Dance Association (NHDA), a non-profit 501(c)(3) membership organization, was founded 1994 and incorporated in 1996 in Washington DC .  There were 18 original members. The formal introduction of the Association occurred on Sunday, December 18, 1994 with the culmination of the “Third Annual Hand Dance Competition”, held at the J.W. Marriott Hotel …

Executive Committee

EXECUTIVE BOARD Jacque Ballard president2@nationalhanddanceassociation.org Earl Calloway Jr. – 1st Vice President and Chairperson, Community Outreach vicepres1@nationalhanddanceassociation.org Maxine Grant – 2nd Vice President and Chairperson, Membership Services vicepres2@nationalhanddanceassociation.org Lawrence Bradford – 3rd Vice President for Youth and Young Adult Affairs vicepres3@nationalhanddanceassociation.org Paula E. Davis – Treasurer treasurer@nationalhanddanceassociation.org Mary Yearby – Assistant Treasurer Stephanie G. Davis …

Recent NHDA Achievements

2012 National Hand Dance Association List of Achievements NHDA received a $7,000 DC Commission on the Arts East of the River Grant to conduct two youth hand dance workshops and one senior hand dance workshops. NHDA has been selected for a second year as a charitable organization by the United Way of the National Capitol …

Contact Us

NHDA Office Location: 2500 Martin Luther King Avenue, SE Washington, DC 20020 Mailing  Address: PO Box 70006 Washington, DC 20024 Toll Free 1-866-583-0780 Webmaster: info@nationalhanddanceassociation.org NHDA is located in the offices of the United Black Fund.  The United Black Fund (UBF) has assisted non-profit organizations whose goal is to strengthen community efforts and empowerment for …