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NHSDA Voices - Exploring College Dance Pathways


What is the NHSDA Voices Project?

NHSDA Voices is a series of virtual panel discussions featuring Collegiate NHSDA chapter members who share their experiences studying dance and dance education at their university or college. In this first series of 5 videos, NHSDA Voices aims to empower our Junior and Secondary members by providing invaluable insights into dance in higher education (Exploring College Dance Pathways).

Thank you to our Collegiate chapters and panelists for their participation, time, and valuable insights to support all of NHSDA. Students from the following 9 schools participated in this first series:

Rutgers University James Madison University Marymount Manhattan University
Brigham Young University - Idaho Nazareth University Brenau University
West Virginia University Hofstra University Gonzaga University

What is Discussed?

In the video recordings, our panelists cover the following questions:

4 NHSDA inductees that are smiling young women wearing dark blue and black jackets are holding orange roses in a group huddle

  1. What specific areas of dance do you focus on in your college program, and why did you choose this specialization?
  2. What is a typical day or week like for you in your program?
  3. Can you share a memorable performance or project you have had during college and how it has influenced your growth?
  4. What kind of resources does your program provide that you find most supportive? This can include mentorship, networking opportunities, access to studio space, choreographic opportunities, etc.
  5. Can you share how being a part of NHSDA has contributed to your college experience?
  6. What advice do you have for younger students who are considering pursuing a dance degree in college in terms of preparation and choosing a focus in college?


How to Earn Points for Watching

NHSDA Voices provides NHSDA members with a new way to earn points! Junior and Secondary NHSDA members can earn 1 point per video viewed, with the potential to earn up to 3 points for engaging with these video recordings. To earn points, simply watch an entire video, as there will be three questions at the end of the video to answer and submit to your chapter sponsor.


View the Videos

Explore our video library to see which programs interest you and to learn more about our featured panelists and universities. Stay tuned for more NHSDA programs coming soon.

These videos are presented by the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA), to learn more about the NHSDA and how you can start a program at your school or studio, click here.


Exploring College Dance Pathways - Panel 1

Panelists: Lyla McLeod, Rutgers University BFA in Dance Graduate & Current EdM Student
Lizzy Wyatt, James Madison University BA in Dance

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Exploring College Dance Pathways - Panel 2

Panelists: Bella Luttrell, Marymount Manhattan College BFA in Dance, Minor in Music
Makaila Morris, Brigham Young University-Idaho BA in Dance Concentration in Pedagogy
Bonnie Terenzi, Rutgers University BFA in Dance

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Exploring College Dance Pathways - Panel 3

Panelists: Katherine Markello, Nazareth University BS in Dance Studies, BA in Communications & Media
Rachel Ostler, Brigham Young University-Idaho BA in Dance, Emphasis in Performance & Choreography, Concentration in Pedagogy
Erin White, Nazareth University BS in Dance Studies, BA in English

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Exploring College Dance Pathways - Panel 4

Panelists: Mallary Bales, Brenau University BA in Dance Concentration in Dance Movement Therapy
Paige Rocker, Hofstra University BFA in Dance Minor in Entrepreneurship

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Exploring College Dance Pathways - Panel 5

Panelists: Natalie Penn, West Virginia University BA in Dance, BS in Forensic Chemistry
Camille Warlick, Brenau University BA in Dance, Concentration in Pre-Physical Therapy
Anna Wright, Gonzaga University BA in Dance, BA in Communication Studies

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To explore collegiate dance programs throughout the country, visit NDEO's College Dance Directory


Above photo by Amanda Allyne. Courtesy of High Definition Dance Studio.