Chicago National Association of Dance Masters celebrates a century of dance education


Soon to be star Gene Kelly (upper right in white tux and black bow tie) breaks bread with fellow dance teachers at a 1935 CNADM banquet.

One hundred years ago, in 1912, 10 dance teachers met at Frank L. Oleson’s Academy of Dancing in Chicago to lay out plans for a new organization “dedicated to the elevation of the art of dancing and the promotion of the welfare of the profession.” The Chicago Association of Dancing Masters (CADM) as it was called then, sought to develop for its future members a guide to the fundamentals and correct methods of teaching dance. In addition, the organization also wanted to “promote good will and mutual help among its members.”

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