Honors Society| Studio Sharise




Rewarding Students

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts™(NHSDA) is a program dedicated to recognizing dance students for their outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in the field of dance. NHSDA also strives to foster an appreciation for dance as a true art form, worthy of recognition and prestige..

Student membership is awarded on the basis of points earned for meritorious work in dance that meet the honor society’s general guidelines. In addition, the prospective member’s demonstration of collaborative teamwork, motivation, and participation in the many aspects of dance (choreography, performance, teaching, production, etc.) is a factor in the determination of eligibility for membership.

To quality for membership, a student must:

  • Earn 20 points at the junior high level (grades 6-8) at least 12 of which must be earned while participating in dance activities at Studio Sharise
  • Earn 30 points for the high school level (grades 9-12) at least 20 of which must be earned while participating in dance activities at Studio Sharise
  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.5

A student may earn up to 10 points while participating in approved community dance activities or other activities in the performing arts outside of Studio Sharise.

After a student has been inducted, he/she may continue to accumulate points toward the awarding of stars for continued meritorious work in dance. Up to 5 stars can be awarded, 1 star for every 5 points earned.

Student Benefits

  • Recognition of their artistic merit, academic achievement, and leadership throughout their educational experience  (Junior High – Collegiate)

  • Official Induction Certificates at each level of induction, opportunity to wear the gold Honor Pin (Inductees) and blue and white Honor Cord (graduating students)

  • Mentorship from Chapter Sponsor and networking with peers

  • Leadership and development opportunities within their NHSDA Chapter, as they can assist the Chapter Sponsor with Chapter administration, record keeping, fundraising, and event planning

  • National and State-level scholarship and award opportunities (see below)

  •  Student Induction is a lifetime recognition and NHSDA designations remain with the student’s record.  Students are encouraged to cite their NHSDA induction in scholarship applications and/or resumes for college or dance employment.


Students who have been inducted into the National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) Secondary Program and are current juniors and seniors in High School are eligible for the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award, the highest student dance award in the nation. 
The National Winner of the award will receive up to a $1000 scholarship and a certificate. There will also be National Finalists and Honorable Mention Recipients.
All National award recipients are invited to attend NDEO's National Conference.  The award recipients can attend the conference to be publicly recognized for their award in front the 500+ NDEO members, participate in a choreography and performance workshop, and attend regular conference sessions.


For information on eligibility or for NHSDA questions, please contact our chapter sponsor, Michael Miyabara at ss@studiosharise.com