National Dance Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA)


The National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA), an exciting program available through the National Dance Education Organization.

The primary mission of the NHSDA is to promote and honor outstanding achievement for students in grades 6-12 and post secondary institutions and to encourage well-rounded dance artists to become leaders in their communities.  In addition, the NHSDA serves to identify those honor students of junior and senior high school age for nomination to the National Dance Education Organization’s Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award, the highest dance award in the nation.

How are chapters established?

A student chapter of the NHSDA may be set up in any private or public middle or high school, dance academy, performing arts center,

community center or post-secondary institution with an active dance program serving students 11-18 years of age, and college age students.  To participate in the NHSDA, one must first identify a Chapter Sponsor (i.e., a current NDEO institutional member) and apply on-line at Chapter Sponsors are required to coordinate with appropriate school personnel to ensure that induction into the NHSDA is duly acknowledged on students’ academic transcripts and in graduation ceremonies.

How are students inducted?

Once a student has accumulated the necessary number of points, they apply on-line at

Then the chapter sponsor must induct students via the online process at

How will students benefit?

Upon induction, all students will receive a certificate of membership in the NHSDA from NDEO. 

Students in participating high schools can wear the NHSDA honor cord and honor gold pin during graduation ceremonies. 

In addition, members may participate in special events or receive mailings generated by the state chapters. 

Inducted high school students are encouraged to include their membership in scholarship packets and/or resumes for college or dance employment.

How can I get more information?

Go to for the NHSDA Chapter Sponsor Handbook and to email staff directly.  


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