INTRODUCTION

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) is a program of the National Dance Education Organization. It is one of the most exciting benefits that NDEO offers its Institutional Members. This Secondary Program (grades 9-12) was implemented in 2005. The Collegiate Program was implemented in 2012, and a formal Junior Program (grades 6-8) was separated out from the Secondary Program and officially implemented in 2016. To date, there are close to 400 chapters in the US and almost 3,000 students inducted over the past 3 years. NHSDA is based on the Thespians honor society, and NDEO acknowledges their generosity in allowing dance to follow the lead of theatre arts education through this program

NHSDA VISION, MISSION, AND GOALS
Vision:
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.

Mission:
1. 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 colleges/universities.

2. To foster an appreciation for dance as a true art form and one worthy of recognition and prestige.

Junior Chapter: Grades 6-8

Chapter Sponsor: Ms. Chandra McCloud

Secondary Chapter: Grades 9-12

Chapter Sponsor: Ms. Amelia Binford

What are the qualifications to become a member of NHSDA?

All current members and new applicants must have the following:

  • At least a 3.0 GPA
  • Participation Points
    – Junior Chapter (15 points) *
    – Secondary Chapter (30 points)*

    The chapter has the right to accept/reject qualification of points. Points are allotted from September 1 of the previous year to September 30 of the current year.

  • Above average demonstration of Character 

*See Induction Rubric

How do I apply to become a member of NHSDA?

NEW APPLICANTS MUST REGISTER for NHSDA Junior & Senior Chapter by September 30th

STEP: 1: Go to http://www.nhsda-ndeo.org
STEP 2: Click on FIND YOUR CHAPTER
STEP 3: Click on FIND YOUR CHAPTER
STEP 4: Fill in Northwest School of the Arts for Chapter name
STEP 5: Select your Chapter (Junior or Secondary)
STEP 6: Complete the form. Create a Login. Click APPLY

YOU MUST SPELL YOUR NAME CORRECTLY and exactly as how you would like it to be printed on their induction certificate – it will cost you another $10 if you need to reorder the certificate to fix a misspelled name!

What are the fees for NHSDA?

 
NEW Members (December-June)

Total due: $60.00 – due November 16th
• $15.00 Chapter Dues
• $16.50 Induction Fee and Pin
• $20.00 T-Shirt
• $9.50 Shipping + Admin Fee

Returning Students (September-June)

• $25.00 Chapter Dues (or $15 per Semester) due November 9th
• $25.00 T-Shirt due November 9th
• $10.00 Replacement for Honor Society Pin

(Seniors ONLY)
• $20 Honors Chord (Chord + Shipping + Admin) due May 1st 

What are the dates and deadlines for NHSDA?

ALL DEADLINES ARE NON-NEGOTIABLE

September 30th

• Registration to apply to become a new member

November 9th 

• Completed Application Packet (new members)
• Chapter Dues + T-Shirt Fee – $50.00 (current members)
• Points Log (current members)

November 16th 

• Induction Fees – $60.00 (new members)

December 14th 

• Induction Ceremony (Mandatory for all current and new members)

May 1st 

• Complete Points Log (8th Graders)
• Complete Points Log + Honors Chord Fee (Seniors)

Secondary Honor Society

Chapter Sponsor: Ms. Amelia Binford (Grades: 9-12)

NHSDA Secondary Program Goals:
1. 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.

2. To promote a desire for life-long learning in the field of dance.

3. To encourage an understanding of, and an appreciation for, dance as an art form and
develop knowledgeable audiences for tomorrow.

Junior Honor Society

Chapter Sponsor: Ms. Chandra McCloud-Glover Grades: 6-8

NHSDA Junior Program Goals:
1. To promote a desire for lifelong learning in the field of dance.
2. To encourage an understanding of, and an appreciation for, dance as an art form and develop knowledgeable audiences for tomorrow.

ATTENTION 8th GRADERS: 

Please note that you have to work towards 30 points in order to move up to the Secondary Chapter, your Freshman year.