An NHSDA Collegiate Program Chapter can be implemented in any postsecondary institution that supports accredited dance coursework. The school can offer a dance major, a dance minor, or for-credit elective courses in dance. The institution is required to maintain an NDEO Institutional Membership - Higher Education for as long as the institution conducts an NHSDA Collegiate Program. A faculty member must be willing to serve as Chapter Sponsor.
In order to establish a school chapter, the school first must obtain an NDEO Membership
at the Institutional Member - Higher Education level. A Chapter Sponsor (a dance faculty member) should be identified and listed as the primary contact on the NDEO membership application. 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 student gropus provide funding.
How do students get inducted and receive Graduation with Honors recognition?
Induction into NHSDA is earned through the accumulation of points awarded for meritorious work in dance that meets the honor society’s general guidelines (see National Collegiate 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.
At the Collegiate Level, the student must hold an NDEO Undergraduate or Graduate Student Membership at time of Induction and Graduation with Honors, maintain a GPA of at least 3.5/4.0, and earn a minimum of number points of approved activities in three strands (Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement) in 6 of 10 categories as cited in the NHSDA Collegiate National Point System.
- For NHSDA Induction, students need to earn a minimum of 45 points.
- For Graduation with Honors, students need to earn an additional 15 points for a total of 60 points, and submit a 500 -1,000 maximum word essay to their NHSDA Chapter Sponsor that describes their career goals and how the NHSDA and NDEO have impacted their career and life choices, or an equivalent essay written in senior thesis projects, Capstone exit writing, etc.
There is a one time Induction fee and a one time Graduation with Honors fee (please note that it is no longer possible to Induct Students and confer Graduation with Honors in the same transaction). The fees cover the costs of certificates and shipping. Please see Program Costs
for information on fees and how to submit payment.