Chicago National Association of Dance Masters (CNADM) has provided continuing education and professional development to dance teachers for over 100 years and continues to grow its membership throughout North America. With over 300 members, CNADM continues to produce the dance community with qualified dance educators through its training workshops and specialized certification programs. CNADM brings nationally recognized instructors to its Midwest workshops to provide unique opportunities for its members and their students



Our Mission

The Chicago National Association of Dance Masters is dedicated to promoting professional, quality dance education by providing opportunities for continued education in the techniques and methods of dance, updated curriculum, and certification for dance instruction. The Association serves as a conduit for information affecting dance educators and their profession.

CNADM History

The Chicago National Association of Dance Masters was formed on August 15, 1912, with ten members present at the first CNADM meeting at Frank L. Oleson's Dancing Academy. The founding mission was "to perfect and build an organization of dancing teachers in the city of Chicago." 

In 1913, the State of Illinois incorporated CNADM as a non-profit educational organization. Its stated aim was to establish and maintain the highest standards of dance education and business integrity. From those humble beginnings, CNADM has grown into a nationally recognized organization with members throughout North America.