Benefits for Students
The most significant benefits to students participating in an NHSDA Collegiate Program accrue decidedly to the individual; however, benefits expand to the NHSDA chapter, the field of dance, and the nation.
Individually, students form support networks for one another, they share joint activities in a field that bring them individually and collectively great joy and reward, camaraderie, shared learning experiences, and positive outcomes. Colleagues and teachers serve as mentors who often expand the student’s vision and offer guidance that helps shape the young professional’s goals in education, work, and life.
More tangible benefits received at Induction occur when students receive the official NHSDA Induction Certificate from the National Dance Education Organization and become eligible to wear the gold honor pin. The same is true at the Graduation of Honors level in which students additionally receive the official Graduation Honors Certificate from the National Dance Education Organization and then become eligible to wear the blue and white honor cords at their graduation ceremony.
Both the Induction and Graduation with Honors achievements are recorded in the student’s National Dance Education Organization’s membership records and the honors are recognized at local, national, and state levels in web and media promotions. Students record these honors in their resumes and bios and, heretofore, are recognized as a special group of young professionals having achieved outstanding accomplishments in the arts, leadership and academics. These recognitions remain with the students for life. For more information on student induction and graduation with honors, click here.