Gunnar Johnson – 2001
The NDCA Community Service Award was presented to Gunnar Johnson for his outstanding community service through dance. In addition to having his students perform in nursing facilities and teaching elementary students to ballroom dance at no charge, he also found time to help at a local soup kitchen at Thanksgiving. He donated over $20,000 to the Newington Children’s Hospital through the Elks organization by donating monies received from teaching ballroom dancing lessons at his local Elks lodge.
Gunnar and his wife Eileen are past presidents of the Dance Educators of America, Inc.