This award is given in recognition of outstanding achievement in dance and dancesport through teaching, competing, training and coaching, thereby contributing to the high standard of dancing we have reached in the United States today.
Kristi McDonald - January 2022
This Lifetime Achievement award is presented in recognition of your exceptional achievements as a Competitor, Coach and Mentor in the field of Ballroom Dance, and in appreciation of your unwavering support and dedication to the advancement of Ballroom Dance in the USA.
Gilbert Wenham - July 2010
This Lifetime Achievement Award is presented in recognition of your outstanding achievements in the field of ballroom dancing and dancesport.
Your success in competing, teaching, coaching and competition organizing, as well as your many years of service as a delegate to the NDCA has earned you the respect and admiration of the dance community.
Thank you Gilbert for all you’ve done.
NOTE: This award was given posthumously. Presenting the award is Brian Puttock, 2nd Vice President of the NDCA and receiving the award is Enrique Ramon.
Jim Donaghey - January 2008
Jim Donaghey was one of the giants of the Ballroom Dancing World, and in particular for his association with the launching of the International Style Dancing in America.
Jim hailed from Scotland where he distinguished himself during his early years as an amateur before coming to America in the late sixties. With a winning formula in the competitive dance arena, he won numerous major professional titles including the prestigious North American Championships in both Ballroom and Latin, and represented the USA both as a competitor and a judge at World Championships.
Jim served the USISTD for many years, first as a committee member and then in the capacity of an Examiner. Know affectionately as ‘Gentleman Jim’, his quiet demeanor and dry sense of humor endeared him to many of the people whose lives he touched.
Joyce Brampton - January 2008
Frank Regan - January 2008