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National Honor Society for Dance Arts

  

Welcome to the new chapter of the National
Honor Society for Dance Arts

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) is one of the most exciting programs NDEO offers to members teaching dance in any private or public middle or high school, dance school/academy, performing arts center, or community center with an active dance program serving students 11-18 years of age. The primary goals of the NHSDA are: (1) to promote and honor outstanding achievement in students 11-18 years of age studying dance; (2) to encourage well-rounded young dance artists to be leaders in their communities; and (3) to identify honor students of junior and senior high school age for nomination to the N  ational Dance Education Organization’s Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award, one of the highest honors programs in the United States.


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 Membership, 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.


How are chapters established?
A student chapter of the NHSDA may be set up in any private or public middle or high school, dance academy, performing arts center, or community center with an active dance program serving students 11-18 years of age. To participate in the NHSDA, one must first identify a Chapter Sponsor (i.e., a current NDEO institutional member) and contact the Utah Dance Education Organization (UDEO) to apply for a chapter. Chapter Sponsors are required to coordinate with appropriate school personnel to ensure that induction into the NHSDA is duly acknowledged on students' academic transcripts and in graduation ceremonies.

How will students benefit?
Upon induction, all students will receive a certificate of membership in the NHSDA. Students in participating high schools can wear the NHSDA honor cord and honor gold pin during graduation ceremonies. In addition, members may participate in special events or receive mailings generated by the state chapters. Inducted students are encouraged to include their membership in scholarship packets and/or resumes for college or dance employment.


As this is an organization based on the student's previous year's achievements, we have many students who are eligible, and we will be conducting our induction ceremony, tentatively scheduled for the fall (October/November).  We will have an informative session on Tuesday, September 11th 2012 at 6:00 PM for interested students and parents.  If you are unable to attend and/or have any questions about this outstanding addition to the Carver Dance Department, please contact Mr. Peters, Chapter Sponsor, at cjpeters@aldine.k12.tx.us or call 281-591-8585.