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Junior/Secondary Handbook

NHSDA Vision, Mission, and Goals

Vision

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.

Mission

  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 colleges / universities.
  2. To foster an appreciation for dance as a true art form and one worthy of recognition and prestige.

NHSDA Junior Program Goals

  1. To promote a desire for life-long learning in the field of dance.
  2. To encourage an understanding of, and an appreciation for, dance as an art form and develop knowledgeable audiences for tomorrow.

NHSDA Secondary Program Goals

  1. To identify honor students (grades 11 & 12) for nomination to the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award, one of the highest honor programs for dance in the United States.
  2. To promote a desire for life-long learning in the field of dance.
  3. To encourage an understanding of, and an appreciation for, dance as an art form and develop knowledgeable audiences for tomorrow.