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

NHSDA Student Induction Criteria

 

The NHSDA Induction criteria are designed to allow for flexibility at the chapter level so that honor society induction reflects and supports the school or studio's mission and circumstances. There are 3 main criteria – earned participation points, character and GPA.

Earned Participation Points

This category reflects points earned for meritorious participation in a wide variety of dance activities. The NHSDA National Induction Point System (see the Point System at the end document) provides a range of points possible for various activities. Chapter Sponsors may use their discretion in awarding points – from zero to the maximum – according to the quality of the work performed in a given activity. Students accumulate points until they have earned the number required for induction.

To qualify for induction into the Junior Program, a student must earn 15 points, at least 10 of which should be earned while participating in dance activities within the program of the chapter site. At the sponsor’s discretion, a student may earn up to 5 points while participating in community dance activities or other activities in the performing arts outside of the chapter program. Prospective inductees should submit documentation (e.g., programs, signed letters of participation) for any activities outside of the chapter’s program to the Chapter Sponsor.

To qualify for induction into the Secondary Program, a student must earn 30 points, at least 20 of which should be earned while participating in dance activities within the program of the chapter site. At the sponsor’s discretion, a student may earn up to 10 points while participating in community dance activities or other activities in the performing arts outside of the chapter program. Prospective inductees should submit documentation (e.g., programs, signed letters of participation) for any activities outside of the chapter’s program to the Chapter Sponsor.

Demonstration of Character

This category reflects the student’s demonstration of collaborative teamwork, motivation, and leadership. The Chapter Sponsor should evaluate the student’s demonstration of the above qualities through observation during classes, rehearsals and other dance program activities, as well as demonstrated leadership (e.g., serving as a dance team or club officer, participation in service projects). Community service activities might include unpaid performances, teaching or assisting dance classes, as well as participation in sponsored fundraisers. A minimum “Above Average” rating in this category is required for NHSDA induction. The student must not display any conduct or behavior that jeopardizes their own safety, the well-being of others, or the integrity of the NHSDA program. (These include, but are not limited to, disruptive or aggressive behavior in or outside of the studio, bullying or mistreating others, and unprofessional conduct in classes or rehearsals.)

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Students must earn a GPA of at least 3.0 for NHSDA Induction. In cases in which the school’s dance program is an in-school, for-credit program, the prospective inductee’s GPA in dance courses only can be a qualifying factor for induction. However, the Chapter Sponsor may instead choose to use an overall cumulative GPA for induction into the local chapter.

NDEO allows for that the Chapter Sponsor to implement an alternative GPA requirement to be higher to be consistent with other honor societies at the school – this helps to elevate dance within the school curriculum as a course of study worthy of recognition. For example, if Induction into your school’s chapter of the National Honor Society requires a GPA 3.5, you are encouraged to set your NHSDA Chapter’s minimum at the same level, should that feel appropriate for your school culture.

In the case of dance studios and other programs outside of K-12, it is recommended that students turn in a copy of their report card to their Chapter Sponsor showing their cumulative GPA.

All GPA records should be maintained by the sponsor or appropriate school personnel and should be handled in a manner that respects the privacy of the student and is in compliance with FERPA regulations.