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By establishing an NHSDA chapter at your school you will help advance the field of dance education while celebrating the artistic and academic achievements of your exceptional dance students. These students deserve the honor and prestige that comes from their achievement in dance. Many are working hard on academics and leadership while perfecting their dance craft not only at school but also outside of school. The personal gratification that students receive from being inducted into the NHSDA is a boost to their self-esteem. It is a win-win for all; the student, the school, and the field.
All student inductees will receive an official certificate of induction. Inducted students may be eligible to wear the NHSDA honor cord and gold pin during graduation ceremonies; however, separate approval from the Chapter Sponsor, the principal, or other school administrators may be necessary. Students are encouraged to cite their NHSDA induction in scholarship applications and/or resumes for college or dance employment.
By recognizing outstanding dance students nationwide for their artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement and providing institutions with a way to promote their dance programs, NHSDA helps to advance the field of dance education centered in the arts.
An NHSDA Junior or Secondary Chapter is formed at the school/studio level and is managed by a designated dance faculty member who serves as the Chapter Sponsor. The role of the Chapter Sponsor is critical in the implementation of a school chapter in that the sponsor serves as the primary advisor for student inductees and aspiring inductees. The Chapter Sponsor’s responsibilities are to:
The Chapter Sponsor may or may not be the contact person for the NDEO Institutional Membership. However, the Chapter Sponsor is highly encouraged to have a membership with NDEO, either as the contact person on the Institutional Account or through their own Professional Membership.
Induction into NHSDA Junior and Secondary Programs 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 National Induction Point System). In addition, students must meet a minimum GPA requirement and demonstration of character, manifested through collaborative teamwork, motivation, and leadership in the many aspects of dance that may include choreography, performance, teaching, and production.
Having students stay active in your chapter is a great way for them to continue to grow in the field of dance. Active membership in the chapter is determined by the Chapter Sponsor. If students have any questions about what constitutes an active membership they should speak to their Chapter Sponsor. If students don't stay active in their chapter (per their Chapter Sponsor guidelines), or if their GPA falls below the minimum Chapter GPA requirement, they may not be able to wear the honor cords at graduation.