Board Member Bios

Marty Sprague, President

Marty Sprague with over 45 years of experience in dance education, holds an MA in Dance Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a BFA in Dance from Boston Conservatory. She has taught early childhood through higher education and is recently retired from the Providence School District in RI. She has been involved in program, curriculum, professional, and policy development. She has written and reviewed standards at the district, state and national levels. Marty is co-author, with Helene Scheff and Susan McGreevy-Nichols, of six dance text and resource books. Marty has served on the editorial board for Arts Education Policy Review and JODE. She was honored to serve on the Dance Writing Team for the NCAS Dance Standards. Currently, Marty is an instructor for NDEO’s OPDI course based on the trio’s book “Dance About Anything” and a course on Modern Dance.

Helene Scheff, Treasurer

Helene Scheff RDE is a charter member of Dance Alliance of RI, having served on the board and as treasurer. Helene teaches ballet, tap, character, musical comedy and Flamenco. She taught in studios, k-12, college level. Though retired from a regular active teaching schedule, she is pleased to teach special classes in various settings. Helene served as meeting planner for NDEO for many years where she enjoyed putting people together and introducing new topics and different ways of teaching at any level. With Marty Sprague she began Chance to Dance in 1986.

Don Halquist, Member at Large

Don Halquist served as dean of Rhode Island College’s Feinstein School of Education and Human Development from 2014-2017. Currently, he directs the M.Ed. in Reading program and teaches undergraduate and graduate literacy courses. In addition to his work as a teacher educator and higher education administrator, Halquist has been a member of the Bill Evans Dance Company since 1985, touring throughout the USA, Canada, Mexico, Finland, France, Hungary, Australia and New Zealand. He has also danced the works of Bella Lewitzky, Claire Porter, Darwin Prioleau and Peter Pucci, among others. He has performed with the New Mexico Ballet and St. Louis Dancers and in the companies of many independent choreographers. He is a Certified Teacher of Evans Laban-Based Method of Teaching Modern Dance Technique, which he has taught at the University of New Mexico, The College at Brockport, Winnipeg’s School of Contemporary Dancers and in Evans Intensive Summer Workshops. He has presented workshops and master classes at private studios, performing arts high schools, colleges and universities throughout the United States as well as parts of Canada, Europe and Mexico. His choreography has been performed by dance and theatre companies in New Mexico, Illinois, Wyoming, New York, Maryland, and Ohio. Through his work as a faculty member for the Evans Summer Institute of Dance and Evans Teacher Intensives he has developed a curriculum for teaching dance through the theory of multiple intelligences. His research has appeared as chapters in several books and in journals such the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education. He has served as a keynote speaker at dance education conferences in New Mexico and Florida, and has presented his scholarship at national and international conferences including annual meetings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO).

David Goldman, Member at Large

David Goldman has been a Rhode Island resident for most of his life. Originally a registered paramedic, he found a passion in Human Resources Management, originally using his HR skills at his paramedic company, Alert Ambulance. With an interest in moving to HR as a primary career, he completed a BS at Rhode Island College, and became the Human Resources Manager at the Newport Mansions. Six years later, he joined the team at Lifespan, advancing from HR Generalist to Program Manager for Diversity, Compliance and Inclusion.

Apart from his day job, David enjoys time with his wife and daughter. Emily, now 12, is a participant of both Chance To Dance and Sleeque Feet. To that end, David has taken an increasing interest in these programs, and has been volunteering on show days.

David has been an amateur percussionist for 30 years, and still performs locally with a group of musical peers.