Ballet 180 School is proud and excited to announce the establishment of two on-site chapters of the National Honors Society for Dance Arts! 

 

What is the National Honors Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA)?

NHSDA is a program of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). Their mission is to “recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance and to foster an appreciation for dance as a true art form and one worthy of recognition and prestige.”

The junior program is for students in grades 6-8, and the secondary program is for students in grades 9-12. Just like Ballet 180 School, NHSDA emphasizes community, kindness, and artistry. Students will work with the chapter sponsor, Kaitlyn Duane, to identify and work towards their personal and professional goals. By participating in NHSDA, students will have a chance to be a part of projects, events, and other opportunities in addition to their traditional classes and performances that will help them reach these goals.

 

Why should I join NHSDA?

Joining NHSDA is a great opportunity for students to further their education. Students in both chapters will receive the benefits of:

  • Recognition for artistic merit, academic achievement, and leadership.
  • Certificates, pins, medals, and cords for achieving milestones of induction and graduation with honors.
  • Mentorship from chapter sponsor and networking with peers.
  • Leadership and development opportunities, such as assisting with chapter administration, record keeping, fundraising, and event planning.

Ballet 180 School looks forward to utilizing NHSDA as an opportunity to lead students in both artistic and academic excellence to reach their full potential.

 

How can I join NHSDA and what are the associated expectations?

Students interested in joining NHSDA should contact faculty member and chapter sponsor Kaitlyn Duane by emailing school@ballet180.org.

As an honors society focused on both artistic and academic achievement, students will need to meet the Honors GPA requirement for their school and submit a paragraph explaining why they are interested in NHSDA and what they hope to achieve through it in order to become a member of Ballet 180’s chapters.

After they have been accepted, students will work throughout the school year and dance season to earn points in order to qualify for induction into the national honors society. Students can earn points through taking class, performing, and participating in other events at Ballet 180 School. There are also opportunities for students to earn points through school and extracurricular activities. Once induction has been achieved, students can earn additional points in the same manner to qualify for graduation with honors.

Members will be expected to attend monthly meetings held by the chapter sponsor to discuss points and plan any upcoming projects, events, or performances. Members will also be expected to participate in the events that have been planned, and they should give notice if not able to attend.