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National Honor Society for Dance Arts

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What is the National Honor Society for Dance Arts?

The CSA chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts is a program of the National Dance Education Organization whose 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.

Center Stage offers both a Junior Chapter (grades 6-8) and Secondary Chapter (grades 9-12) in our studio!

Dance students are inducted based on a “point system.” Points are awarded for dance activities such as dance classes, rehearsals, performances, research, workshops, or community service, alongside a GPA of at least 3.5. 

 

Along with recognition for their dance merit and academic success, students who are inducted will receive access to leadership and community outreach opportunities as well as mentorship from the CSA Chapter Sponsors. The NHSDA organization also offers scholarship opportunities to graduating seniors. 

Learn more about NHSDA and its mission here: https://www.ndeo.org/nhsda

 

Criteria for NHSDA Selection:

  • Member of the CSA Student Leadership Team (applicants are not required to be a part of the Jr. Faculty as CSA)

  • In 6th -12th grade and enrolled in dance at CSA

  • Achieve the required number of "points" each year (see "Points Sheet" below) : 

    • Secondary Chapter (high school) members must achieve 30 points.

    • Junior Chapter (middle school) members must achieve 20 points.

  • Any combination of points can be used, but you must have points from each category.

  • Members are responsible for tracking their own points using the “NHSDA Tracking Sheet” (found below) and will be expected to show proof of points achieved by August 1, 2023. 

  • We understand some flexibility or additional clarification may be needed in order for each member to achieve active merits. If you have any questions about how points should be tracked or what merits may qualify for NHSDA points please reach out to Allison Duncan via email at allison@centerstageacademy.org.

  • In order to be inducted and maintain eligibility, members must achieve the required number of points each year. Points earned beginning August 1, 2022 are valid to use to apply for the 2023-24 NHSDA year.

  

NHSDA Application Instructions:

  • Applications for new members, completed 2022/23 point tracking worksheets and proof of GPA for active members are due August 1st 2023! (please submit the point tracking sheets found below and proof of GPA electronically to allison@centerstageacademy.org or in hard copy to the CSA info desk).

  • All eligible points for  both new and active members will need to be achieved between August 1st 2022 and July 31st 2023.

  • Current active members who are entering 9th grade will maintain their membership as they transition from junior into secondary chapter–but please keep in mind secondary point requirements are different from junior chapter members and will require additional point merits to maintain eligibility!

  • NEW THIS YEAR: Interested in a leadership position through NHSDA?! CSA’s NHSDA chapter will be electing officials to help plan and organize chapter events and operations. These positions will be available to secondary chapter members only–please reach out to Allison if you are interested in becoming a chapter official!

  • All NHSDA applicants must submit the online Student Ambassador Program application via the link below. Please ensure you have completed the extra NHSDA questions on the application as well!

  • All applications for NHSDA are due by August 1, 2023.

  • We understand some flexibility or additional clarification may be needed in order for each member to achieve active merits. If you have any question about how points should be tracked or what merits may qualify for NHSDA points please reach out to Allison Duncan via email at allison@centerstageacademy.org.

  • You will be notified of acceptance by the program director. 

Click on the images below to open the Point System Documents for the CSA

Jr. Chapter & Secondary Chapter of NHSDA!

Junior Chapter: 20 Points

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Secondary Chapter: 30 Points

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NHSDA Point Tracking Worksheet

NHSDA Applications due August 1, 2023

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