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NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY FOR DANCE ARTS
CHAPTER SPONSOR HANDBOOK
JUNIOR/SECONDARY PROGRAM


Introduction


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. This Secondary Program (grades 9-12) was implemented in 2005. The Collegiate Program was implemented in 2012, and a formal Junior Program (grades 6-8) was separated out from the Secondary Program and officially implemented in 2016. To date, there are close to 1000 chapters in the US and over 10,000 students inducted over the past 2 years. NHSDA is based on the Thespians honor society, and NDEO acknowledges their generosity in allowing dance to follow the lead of theatre arts education through this program.

This NHSDA Chapter Sponsor Handbook contains procedural guidelines for implementing the Junior NHSDA at the "middle school" level for students in grades 6-8, and the Secondary NHSDA at the “high school” level for students in grades 9-12.

How is the NHSDA Program Structured?

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts is run on an institutional basis. NHSDA Chapters at the Junior, Secondary, and Collegiate level are set up at individual schools or studios, and only students who are enrolled at that school may apply for induction. A dance faculty member must serve as the official Chapter Sponsor for the NHSDA Chapter at that location. Parent or student volunteers may assist the Chapter Sponsor at the sponsor’s discretion, but all communication with NDEO must be conducted by the Chapter Sponsor. Individual students, not enrolled at a school that hosts a current NHSDA Chapter, are not eligible for induction.

Who can start a chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts?

Junior

A junior chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts may be set up in any private or public middle school, dance studio/academy, performing arts center, or community center with a dance program serving students grades 6-8 that is active during the school year.
  • K-12 schools seeking to establish a chapter should have a robust in-school dance program offering for-credit and elective classes and have a dance teacher on staff willing to serve as the chapter sponsor.
  • Dance studios, performing arts centers and community centers may establish a chapter at their primary location where the majority of classes (and students) are taught as long as a dance teacher on staff is willing to serve as the chapter sponsor.
Schools seeking to establish NHSDA chapters should aspire to provide high quality dance education programs that reflect NDEO’s mission of furthering dance as an art form. Education in the art of dance develops knowledge and skills required to create, perform, and understand movement as artistic communication. A comprehensive education includes technique classes (such as ballet, tap, jazz, modern, world dance, etc.), opportunities to perform, and exposure to improvisation, choreography, observation, and analysis.

Secondary


A Secondary chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts may be set up in any private or public high school, dance studio/academy, performing arts center, or community center with a dance program serving students grades 9-12 that is active during the school year.
  • K-12 schools seeking to establish a chapter should have a robust in-school dance program offering for-credit and elective classes and have a dance teacher on staff willing to serve as the chapter sponsor.
  • Dance studios, performing arts centers and community centers may establish a chapter at their primary location where the majority of classes (and students) are taught as long as a dance teacher on staff is willing to serve as the chapter sponsor.
Schools seeking to establish NHSDA chapters should aspire to provide high quality dance education programs that reflect NDEO’s mission of furthering dance as an art form. Education in the art of dance develops knowledge and skills required to create, perform, and understand movement as artistic communication. A comprehensive education includes technique classes (such as ballet, tap, jazz, modern, world dance, etc.), opportunities to perform, and exposure to improvisation, choreography, observation, and analysis.

What does it cost?

The NDEO Institutional Membership for the school is $185 for K-12 schools, dance studios, and performing arts organizations, and $250 for colleges and universities, and must be renewed every year in order for the chapter to remain active.

There is a one-time induction fee is of $8 per student. The school/studio should make one payment ($8 per student x # of students) at the time of induction either by mailing one check or paying online by credit card. A charge will be automatically generated when you induct students at www.nhsda-ndeo.org, and you will be redirected to www.ndeo.org for payment (please note that you will need the log-in information for your school’s NDEO Institutional account to pay online). A student must pay the induction fee at each level of induction (ex: both for induction into the Junior Program in grade 7 and the Secondary program at grade 10).

The optional gold honor pin is $8.50 and the blue/white honor cord (for graduating students) is $17.50 – these items can be ordered through www.nhsda-ndeo.org during the online induction process. You will be directed to www.ndeo.org for payment (please note that you will need the log-in information for your school’s NDEO Institutional account to pay online).

Does the school need an NDEO Membership?

In order to establish a school chapter, the school first must obtain an NDEO Membership at the Institutional Member level. The NDEO membership must be renewed every year if the chapter is to remain active. Membership information, costs and an online sign-up option are provided on the NDEO web site at ndeo.org/membership. Typically the school’s administration pays the dues, however, sometimes dance booster clubs or parent organizations may pay the dues. (Note: An institution that serves students in 6-12 grades may have both a Junior Program and Secondary Program Chapter of NHSDA, but only one NDEO Institutional Membership is needed.)