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

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 and blue and white Honor Cord
  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 
  6. Exclusive student discounts and benefits offered by NHSDA Preferred Vendors
All student inductees will receive an official certificate of induction. Inducted students are eligible to wear the NHSDA honor cord and gold pin during graduation ceremonies; however, separate approval from 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 high school programs as well as those who wish to become a part of this dynamic national organization
  4. Exclusive studio/school group discounts and benefits offered by NHSDA Preferred Vendors

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.

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 Secondary Program of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts?

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.
  • 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. 

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. 

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.

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 website at www.ndeo.org. 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.)

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 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 www.ndeo.org if your school/studio does not already have one.
  • Fill out the New Chapter application at nhsda-ndeo.org/startachapter (You will need your school’s 4 or 5 digit NDEO Institutional Member Number for verification purposes.)
  • 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 and Gracriteria (You can utilize parent or student volunteers to help.)
  • Collect and pay induction fees (one time fee of $8/student)
  • Collect and pay graduation with honor fees (one time fee of $8/student)
  • Ensure that students apply for induction at nhsda-ndeo.org/findyourchapter
  • Induct students via the online process at www.nhsda-ndeo.org 
  • 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 at $8.50/each (all inductees) and honor cords at $17.50/each (graduating seniors)


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?

Junior

Induction into NHSDA Junior Program is earned through the accumulation of 15 points awarded for meritorious work in dance that meetsthe 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. 

Secondary

Secondary Program is earned through the accumulation of 30 points 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. 

What does it cost?

The Institutional Membership for the school is $185 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). 
The Institutional Membership for the school is $185 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).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). 

How do I pay for Student Inductions and NHSDA Merchandise? 

Once you have selected students for induction at www.nhsda-ndeo.org, a charge will be generated automatically. You can also order pins and cords in the same transaction. You will be redirected to www.ndeo.org for payment. If you are not redirected automatically, please click the "Log onto NDEO"  Please note that you will need the log-in information for your school’s NDEO Institutional account to pay online. (This may differ from your log in information at www.nhsda-ndeo.org.) The Chapter Sponsor should submit induction approvals and payments at least three weeks before the induction ceremony in order to allow ample time for the NDEO home office to print and mail the induction certificates. 

If you choose to order pins and cords at a later time, you can do so on the NDEO Online Store directly at www.ndeo.org/OnlineStore. You must be logged in with your NDEO Institutional Membership username and password to find and order NHSDA merchandise through the Online Store. Please allow up to three weeks for processing on all NHSDA merchandise orders.

All transactions must go through the Chapter Sponsor. Students/Parents may not pay induction fees directly to, or order merchandise directly from, NDEO. The Institutional Membership for the school is $185 and must be renewed every year in order for the chapter to remain active.