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The Academy of Dance Arts is proud to offer two on-site chapters of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts!


What is the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA)?

NHSDA is a program of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO) whose mission is to "recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance and to foster an appreciation for dance as a true art form and one worthy of recognition and prestige."

The Junior program is for students in grades 6-8, and the Secondary program is for students in grades 9-12. NHSDA emphasizes community, kindness, and artistry. Students will identify and work towards their personal and professional goals. By participating in NHSDA, students will have a chance to be a part of projects, events, and other opportunities in addition to their traditional classes and performances that will help them reach these goals.


Why should I join NHSDA?


Joining NHSDA is a great opportunity for students to further their education. Students in both chapters will receive the benefits of:

  • Recognition for artistic merit, academic achievement, and leadership.

  • Certificates, pins, medals, and cords for achieving milestones of induction and graduation with honors.

  • Mentorship from chapter sponsor and networking with peers.

  • Leadership and development opportunities, such as assisting with chapter administration, record keeping, fundraising, and event planning.

The Academy of Dance Arts looks forward to utilizing NHSDA as an opportunity to lead students in both artistic and academic excellence to reach their full potential.

What are the expectations if I join?

As an honors society focused on both artistic and academic achievement, students will need to meet the Honors GPA requirement of at least 3.0 (for Juniors) and 3.5 (for secondary), and submit a paragraph explaining why they are interested in NHSDA and what they hope to achieve through it in order to become a member of The Academy's chapters.

After they have been accepted, students will work throughout the school year to earn points in order to qualify for induction into the National Honors Society. Students can earn points through taking class, rehearsals, performances, research, workshops, or community service, and participating in other events at The Academy of Dance Arts, alongside the required GPA.  There are also opportunities for students to earn points through school and extracurricular activities.  Induction into NHSDA is earned through the accumulation of 15 points (Junior program) or 30 points (Secondary program) that are awarded for meritorious work in dance that meets the honor society's general guidelines (see "Point System Documents" below).

Once induction has been achieved, students can earn additional points in the same manner to qualify for graduation with honors.  The NHSDA organization also offers scholarship opportunities to graduating seniors. 

How can I join NHSDA?

Students interested in joining NHSDA need to complete an application.  An up-to-date report card will also need to be submitted at the end of each school semester.

NHSDA Point System
NHSDA Point Tracking
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