Honor Society of Dance Arts-NHSDA
As of May 2015, the Academy of the Arts has been approved to establish a chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA), an exciting program available through the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). The primary mission of the NHSDA is to recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership and academic achievement in students (ages 11-18) studying dance in dance studios, public and private schools in K-12 education, cultural/community centers and performing arts organizations, and to foster an appreciation for dance as a true art form and one worthy of recognition and prestige. In addition, the NHSDA serves to identify those honor students of junior and senior high school age for nomination to the National Dance Education Organization’s Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award, the highest student dance award in the nation. To learn more about the honor society please go to www.ndeo.org/nhsdasp.
Participation in the National Honor Society for Dance Arts enables schools and school districts to celebrate students’ achievement in and dedication to the art of dance and connects inductees to the community of dancers at the state and national levels. We encourage your school or district to take appropriate action to ensure that qualifying students at this studio receive recognition upon induction.
Tonya Ebner of the Academy of the Arts is appointed the NHSDA chapter sponsor and will serve as the liaison to communicate with you regarding students who have qualified for induction.
We envision a nation in which all students have equal opportunity and access to quality dance arts education and are recognized for their outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in the field of dance.
To recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership and academic achievement in students studying dance in public and private schools in K-12 education, dance studios, cultural/community centers, performing arts organizations and post-secondary education.
To foster an appreciation for dance as a true art form and one worthy of recognition and prestige.
NHSDA Secondary Program Goals
To identify honor students of junior and senior high school age for nomination to the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award, one of the highest honors programs for dance in the United States.
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 to develop knowledgeable audiences for tomorrow.
Benefits for Students
Student induction into the NHSDA is awarded on the basis of points earned for meritorious work in dance. Other factors may include the following: dance class grade point average, cooperative teamwork, motivation, outreach, choreography, performance, teaching and production. Inductees receive a Certificate of Induction, added prestige in scholarship applications and future resumes, wear NHSDA honor cords and gold honor pins during graduation ceremonies and are eligible to apply for the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award.
There are minor costs associated with Certificates of Induction, Honor Cords, and Gold Honor Pins , etc.