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National Honor Society for Dance Arts™NHSDA

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.
The current system for setting up new chapters and inducting students will go off-line entirely as of January 1, 2016 as we are in the process of implementing a new NHSDA system. More information can be found here.


  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 post-secondary education.
  2. To foster an appreciation for dance as a true art form and one worthy of recognition and prestige.
  Secondary Program
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. The Secondary Program (grades 6-8 and grades 9-12) was implemented in 2005 while the Collegiate Program was implemented in 2012. To date, there are close to 400 chapters in the US and almost 3,000 students have been inducted since 2013. Acknowledgements: Based on the Thespians honor society, NDEO acknowledges their generosity in allowing dance to follow the lead of theatre arts education.

Establishing an NHSDA chapter in your school is one very important way that you can help advance the field of dance education. Celebrating the artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievements of exceptional dance students helps to create honor and prestige within our field and improve our image to those outside the field.