Community Leadership Award
This award is presented to an organization/individual who provides leadership through mentoring and community programs; and who practices exceptional business principles while demonstrating the ideals of the Molloy College mission.
Joan Hope MacNaughton - Founder Leggz Ltd. Dance
Joan Hope MacNaughton was born in Manhattan, New York and is a third generation theatrical artist. She began her dance and theatre career at the age of seven under the tutelage of eminent teachers of the Broadway stage.
From her youngest years, her mother and father instilled in her the importance, values and rewards of education and charity in all forms.
At the age of nineteen, she purchased the LeRoy Studio of Dance in Lynbrook, renamed it Leggz Ltd. Dance, relocated to Rockville Centre, and remains the Artistic Director and teacher. Her finest accomplishments are the nationally recognized and award winning Leggz Ltd. Dance Ensemble, a group of high energy talented dancers, who perform at charity and community events, and appear on national television and venues throughout the East Coast. Leggz Ltd. Dance holds the distinction of being the only dance school to have performed on the field at a West Point Military Academy Army/Navy football game, and at Walt Disney World continuously for the past twenty years. Many of Joan's students have gone on to professional careers on Broadway and in acclaimed ballet companies.
Joan is the Founder and Artistic Director of the annual full length Nutcracker Ballet in association with the RVC Guild for the Arts, accompanied by the South Shore Symphony for the past seventeen years.
A lifelong member of Dance Educators of America, she has been interviewed and published in the national magazines Dancer, Dance, Dance Spirit and Dance Teacher. Joan is the author of Forever Dancing, a children's story published in 2005 based on her life in dance.
Joan has been a child advocate serving as PTA President for two schools. She brought awareness for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to New York City and Nassau County with events for the Washington D.C. "National Tap Dance Day".
Among Joan's many charitable endeavors, she actively serves as chairman for the Old Westbury Gardens Children in Bloom Committee, The Nassau County Museum of Art Gala and Museum events, the De LaSalle School Luncheon and Gala, the United Cerebral Palsy of Nassau - serving as entertainment chair for the Festival of Trees, Executive Vice President for the RVC Guild For The Arts, Vice President of the RVC Lions Club, chair for the Mayor Francis X. Murray RVC Community Fund Enchanted Winterland, and the Artistic Advisory board for the Madison Theatre at Molloy College, helping to bring awareness and renowned entertainers to the Madison Stage.
Joan is currently the Lead Ambassador for Cultural Development in Nassau County for County Executive Ed Mangano.
Some of Joan's honors are the Woman of Distinction Award presented by NYS Senator Dean Skelos, Town of Hempstead Pathfinder Award for Extraordinary Achievement in the Field of Arts and Entertainment by Councilman Anthony Santino, the United Cerebral Palsy Shining Star Award, and was the 2012 RVC Lions Club Dinner in The Dark Honoree.
Joan is married to Donald and has two Daughters, Joyce and Samantha.