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Junior/Secondary Handbook

General Summary

What are the benefits of the NHSDA and induction?

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.

Student Benefits
  1. Recognition of their artistic merit, academic achievement, and leadership throughout their educational experience (Junior High - Collegiate)
  2. Certificates at each level of induction, opportunity to wear the gold Honor Pin (Inductees) and blue and white Honor Cord (graduating students)
  3. Mentorship from Chapter Sponsor and networking with peers
  4. Leadership and development opportunities within their NHSDA Chapter, as they can assist the Chapter Sponsor with Chapter administration, record keeping, fundraising, and event planning
  5. National and State-level scholarship and award opportunities

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.

Institutional Benefits
  1. Establishing an NHSDA Chapter allows you to recognize your outstanding students for their artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement, creating parity with other academic disciplines who sponsor honor societies
  2. Your institution will be listed on the NHSDA website, allowing for additional promotion of your program internationally
  3. NHSDA can serve as a recruitment tool, attracting students who are familiar with the National Honor Society for Dance Arts from their other schools or dance programs as well as those who wish to become a part of this dynamic national organization
Benefit for the Field of Dance Education

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.

What does a Chapter Sponsor do?

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:

  • Set up an NDEO Institutional Membership at if your school/studio does not already have one.
  • Fill out the New Chapter application at Start a Chapter (The main contact for the institutional membership will need to be the one to fill out the New Chapter application which can be found in their profile).
  • Set up the chapter in cooperation with the school/studio policy and administrative guidelines.  Some schools may require that you have a club constitution or bylaws.
  • Promote the chapter within the school/studio community
  • Monitor student progress toward meeting induction criteria (You can utilize parent or student volunteers to help.)
  • Collect and pay induction fees
  • Ensure that students apply for induction at
  • Induct students via the online process at in the Chapter Sponsor Profile
  • Coordinate induction ceremonies
  • Provide induction and graduation with honor information to appropriate school or school district personnel so that induction can be noted on student transcripts
  • Order optional gold honor pins (all inductees) and honor cords (graduating students)

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.

How do students get inducted?

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. 

Post-Induction Requirements

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.