• The National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA) is a program of the National Dance Education Organization, created 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. Northern's NHSDA chapter began in 2014.


    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 minimum GPA of at 3.0. Students should track their points and provide the Chapter Sponsor with a record of points earned through points worksheets. For points earned outside of chapter activities, verification of points earned should be provided to the Chapter Sponsor through a verification form.  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. Students must also have made it into an honors level dance class at NGHS to qualify for induction.
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