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International Ballet Academy maintains two chapters of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA), a Secondary Chapter for high school students and a Junior Chapter for students in grades 6-8. 

What is NHSDA?

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts is a program of the National Dance Education Organization, created 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.

The NHSDA offers three levels of induction: The Junior Program for grades 6-8, The Secondary Program for grades 9-12, and The Collegiate Program for students in college or university dance programs.

Inductions of new students into the chapters occur annually at the IBA End-of-the-Year Demonstration in May at the Peace Center’s Gunter Theatre.
Additionally, current members who keep up their NHSDA membership by earning a minimum number of points each year are recognized at the Demonstration.

Qualification for NHSDA Membership

Students earn membership by accumulating points awarded for their courses, activities, volunteer experiences, awards, performances, and attendance at performances related to dance.  Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA (or B average for middle school students), pay annual dues ($20 per year for students not in IBA’s Pre-Professional Program; Pre-Professional students receive a 50% discount.), perform volunteer service for the chapter, and be of good character.

(Students who have been expelled from a dance institution are not eligible for NHSDA membership.)

Member Benefits:

  • Inductees receive an honor pin and a certificate of achievement from the national NHSDA.

  • Members earning 10 or more annual points receive a certificate of achievement from the IBA Chapter. 

  • Graduating seniors receive a blue & white honor cord to wear with their cap & gowns at their graduation ceremonies. 

  • All NHSDA members & inductees are recognized at the IBA End-of-Year Demonstration and are listed in the program.

  • NHSDA members may list NHSDA membership on their college & scholarship applications and dance resumes.

Chapter Sponsor

The IBA Chapter Sponsor is Michelle Brown,

Education and Outreach Director. 

NHSDA Officers for 2019-2020

President: Gabrielle Brown

Vice President: Madalin Beam

Secretary: McKaela Rowland

Treasurer: Joanna Henn

Junior Chapter Representatives: Sophia Brown, Emma Paluszak


Applications & Deadlines

Applications for NHSDA Membership for 2019-2020 are due by March 15. (March 1 for Pre-Professional Students)

(Points to be earned after March 15, but before the IBA Demonstration may be marked “pending.”)

Dues must be paid to the IBA Office by April 15. (Make checks payable to IBA.)

(Only inductees and members pay dues. No dues are required to carry-over points. )

Carryover points for future membership (earned between June 1, 2019, and May 31, 2020) are due June 20, 2020.

Points not carried over will expire after this date.  

(Please note that 8th graders may only carry over 5 points per year of Junior Chapter membership to 9th grade to earn Secondary Chapter membership.)

Disclaimer: Since NHSDA requires its members to be of “good character,” IBA reserves the right to reject any membership application if the chapter sponsor, along with the academy directors, determines that the student is not worthy of the designation of “honor student.”  An example of this might include a student who is caught using drugs, viewing pornography, or bullying or harassing a fellow student on IBA property; or a student who is convicted of a felony offense in a court of law. Furthermore, the chapter sponsor may require verification of points submitted on the application, and she makes the final determination of the value of points awarded. IBA and the Chapter Sponsor do NOT keep points records once the student has been inducted, except a record of the number of points to carry over into the preceding year.  Applications and paperwork used to determine eligibility for membership are not official documents and are destroyed once the student has been inducted. Students should not use NHSDA as a way to personally document achievements. Students are encouraged to maintain dance portfolios and resumes for documenting dance achievements. There may be additional policies regarding the IBA NHSDA chapters that are not listed here, and NHSDA national or chapter rules and requirements are subject to change at any time.Deadlines

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