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Dance Students at The Complex
have the opportunity to become a part of

The National Honor Society
for Dance Arts

through the
National Dance Educators Organization.  

About the National Honor Society for Dance Arts™


The National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (NHSDA) is a program of the National Dance Education Organization (NDEO). It is one of the most exciting benefits that NDEO offers its Institutional Members. The Secondary Program (grades 9-12) was implemented in 2005. The Collegiate Program was implemented in 2012, and a Junior Program (grades 6-8) was separated from the Secondary Program and officially launched in 2016. To date, there are over 1,000 chapters in the US and over 35,000 students have been inducted in the past few years.

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts is run on an institutional basis.

Chapters at the Junior, Secondary, and Collegiate level are set up at individual schools, and only students who are enrolled at that school may apply for induction.  Individual students, not enrolled at a school that hosts a current NHSDA Chapter, are not eligible for induction. 


  1. To recognize outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students studying dance in public and private schools in K-12 education, dance studios, cultural/community centers, performing arts organizations, and post-secondary education.

  2. To foster an appreciation for dance as a true art form and one worthy of recognition and prestige.


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 receive the gold Honor Pin and wear the blue and white Honor Cord and/or Medallion at graduation.

  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. Scholarship Opportunities

Eligibility Criteria for Student Induction

Induction into the NHSDA Secondary Program is earned through the accumulation of at 30 points awarded for dance activities such as dance classes, rehearsals, performances, research, workshops, or community service activities, alongside a minimum GPA of at 3.0. 

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