Over 100 dance professionals from across the country joined us for the inaugural NDCA Conference at the beautiful Hilton Lake Las Vegas Resort.  Our innovative speakers inspired us with their insight and passion, new and old friends drank wine by the fire pit, coaches scheduled a (reduced price) massage, some saw the jaw dropping Le Reve show at the Wynn, and we all basked in the sunshine and relaxing resort atmosphere.

We especially enjoyed honoring our own at the fancy Gala. Gussie Nell Davis and Dr. Kay Teer Crawford were inducted into the NDCA Hall of Fame, and coaches were presented with service pins – 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30 year pins were awarded to almost 90 coaches from across the country. The food and drinks were delicious, and the time spent socializing with others just like us was priceless. The respect, admiration, and support in the room that night was palatable.

Thank you to those who invested in themselves and their coaching to join us. If you weren’t able to attend, don’t worry, we plan to do it all again bigger and better in May, 2019. Mark your calendars now! Soon, our registration app will be up and running. It will have everything you need to help plan your dance coach get-away!

Keynote and Guest Speakers

Sterling Brown: Growing Leaders

Sterling Brown is the director of character development at Kennesaw State University. He is responsible for helping student-athletes develop the fundamentals of character that will serve and guide them throughout and following their playing careers.


Rob Miller: Proactive Coaching

Rob is a motivational speaker for Proactive Coaching. Rob uses his speaking skills and “coaching” knowledge to promote the Proactive Coaching mission of helping coaches positively impact their athlete’s lives. His experience gives him an amazing view at the status of modern day coaching and parenting.


Karl Mundt:
Innovate Dance

Karl’s dynamic style and enthusiasm have made him one of the most sought after choreographers and teachers in the United States. He has traveled the globe setting choreography, as well as conducting workshops and master classes, judging and consulting with the world’s top teams.


NAPPYTABS: Napoleon and Tabitha D’Umo

Married director/choreographer duo Tabitha and Napoleon, commonly referred to as Nappytabs, are two time Emmy winners (2011 and 2014) for Outstanding Choreography on So You Think You Can Dance. They have a total of four Emmy nominations, The World of Dance Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2014 Industry Innovator’s Award, and 2 MTV VMA Awards.

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What Coaches Are Saying About Us

Teena Preuss

Owner/Director Express All Stars, Grand Junction, Colorado

“I have been in this industry for over 35 years, the quality and knowledge of the presenters at this conference were second to none. I learned so much and as a veteran director/coach that in itself was so refreshing.”

Missy Hornberger

Eastlake High School, Bellevue, Washington

“The 2018 NDCA conference was an incredible experience for me last year. As someone who is still fairly new to coaching, and going into a year of being the only head coach for the first time, it was so nice to have the chance to be around some big names in the dance team community and other experts that had so much knowledge to share. Not only do you get to hear some of the things that others do to be successful, but also that they have some of the same challenges that we deal with at almost all other levels. The NDCA conference allowed me an opportunity to meet coaches from other states and levels, but it was also a great opportunity to connect with coaches from my own state that I hadn’t had the chance to connect with before.”

Steve Chapla

Xavier University Dance Coach

“The 2018 NDCA conference was a great experience! The speakers and courses offered were very helpful and informative. This is exactly what the dance community needed! It was also a great networking opportunity and in a beautiful/fun location! Looking forward to the next one in 2019”

Jan Phaigh-McCreary

Thurston Cabaret Coach in Thurston, Oregon, DDCA Board of Directors

“Both years that I attended the NDCA events, I was the president of our dance coaches’ association. It was so valuable to be able to connect with other state association members to learn what worked for them and how we could network together to be stronger in our home states. I’m happy to have these relationships as our association moves forward into 2018! Thanks, NDCA!”

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