National Honor Society for Dance Arts

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    A Secondary Chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts may be set up in any private or public middle or high school, dance studio/academy, performing arts center, or community center with an active dance program serving students grades 9-12. The institution is required to maintain an NDEO Institutional Membership for as long as the institution conducts an NHSDA Secondary Program. Schools that serve students in both 6-8 and 9-12 grades may have both a Junior and Secondary Chapter, although only one NDEO Institutional Membership is required. The dues may be paid by school administration, a boosters association, or through student fundraising. A faculty member must be willing to serve as the Chapter Sponsor, but students can take leadership roles in creating and maintaining the chapter. The chapter can be set up as a one-time honor, or as a student organization with officers, regular meetings, and planned activities. There are no NDEO membership requirements for students. There is a one-time $8 per student induction fee. Separate fees apply for the optional NHSDA Pins and Honor Cords. Please consult the NHSDA Secondary Program Chapter Sponsor Handbook for complete information on starting and maintaining a chapter at your institution.

    NHSDA Secondary Program (grades 9 - 12) Goals

    • To promote a desire for life-long learning in the field of dance.
    • To encourage an understanding of, and an appreciation for, dance as an art form and develop knowledgeable audiences for tomorrow.
    • To identify honor students (grades 11 & 12) for nomination to the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award, one of the highest honor programs for dance in the United States.

    Eligibility Criteria for Student Induction

    Induction into the NHSDA Secondary Program is earned through the accumulation of at 30 points* awarded for dance activities such as dance classes, rehearsals, performances, research, workshops, or community service activities, alongside a GPA of at least 3.0. Students should track their points and provide the Chapter Sponsor with a record of points earned through worksheets, portfolios, or other agreed-upon methods. For points earned outside of chapter activities, verification of points earned should be provided to the Chapter Sponsor through playbills, registration forms, photos, or other agreed-upon methods. The Chapter Sponsor will keep a record of points earned on file. In addition, the prospective student's demonstration of collaborative teamwork, motivation, and leadership in the many aspects of dance (e.g., choreography, performance, mentoring, production) are factors in the determination of eligibility for induction. 

    *Following the SCVTHS curriculum, by the end of junior year (if you enter as a freshman), students will accumulate all 30 points.  If you enter after freshman year you are to accumulate points through your dance classes outside of SCVTHS.



    Inducted students can apply.  Two levels of adjudication:  State and National.  The award information packet is available mid-December.  Must complete and online application, upload several essays, a headshot, a video, a resume and a recommendation letter.  $25 application fee.  Deadline is typically during the third week of February with state level announcements by the end of March and national announcements by first week of May.


    Website for more information and online application - National Honor Society for Dance Arts