NHSDA/NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) serves to identify those honor students of junior and senior high school age for nomination for the NDEO Artistic Merit, Leadership and Academic Achievement Award, the highest student dance award in the nation. There are two levels of adjudication: State and National. At the state level, the top applicants are selected to receive a state award and are then forwarded for adjudication at the national level. National winners of the award are invited to attend NDEO's national conference to receive the award. Personal congratulatory letters from NDEO's Executive Director are sent to the winner's school district superintendent, school principal and state program arts coordinator.


The applicant must be an inductee of the NHSDA and a high school junior or senior student (16-18 years) studying dance in any private or public middle or high school, dance school/academy, performing arts center, or community center. The program may be in-school for credit or an out-of-school recreational/professional program. The student's NHSDA Chapter must be a current member of UDEO and hold current Institutional Membership in the NDEO.


All materials must be postmarked by February 28, 2018 and sent to UDEO. UDEO will then complete the State Level Adjudications and forward the results to NDEO's national office by March 28, 2018. Finalists and/or winners will be notified by mail no later than April 28, 2018.

For more information please contact Katherine Call, NHSDA Committee Chair, nhsda@udeo.org or visit the NHSDA section on the NDEO website

Download the application form HERE

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