The National Honor Society for Dance Arts


The National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) recognizes artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in students of dance. DWS sponsors a Junior Chapter (grades 6-8) and a Secondary Chapter (grades 9-12) so that we can celebrate our best students at all age levels.

Why should students apply for NHSDA?

Once inducted, students are members of NHSDA for life. Induction is an honor that recognizes a dancer’s artistry, academic merit, and leadership both within the studio and in the wider community.

NHSDA inductees receive mentorship from the Chapter Sponsor and can network with their peers in the NHSDA community. Further, NHSDA itself offers students leadership opportunities ranging from assisting with chapter administration to publishing articles in NHSDA’s official newsletter. NHSDA members in grades 11 and 12 are also eligible to apply for the prestigious NDEO Achievement Award.

who is qualified to apply?

Students must earn a certain number of points in order to be inducted. Points are awarded for dance activities such as rehearsals, performances, research, workshops, or community service activities.

  • Junior members must earn 15 points.

  • Secondary members must earn 30 points.

  • Students should keep track of their own points.

In addition, students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher in order to qualify for induction. DWS will also take into account demonstration of collaborative teamwork, motivation, and leadership to determine student eligibility.

How can students apply for induction?

Click here to enter the NHSDA Directory. Under “Find a Chapter”, search for “DanceWorks Shanghai”. Find the correct DWS chapter and click on the teal “Apply” button. Complete the Member Signup form that appears, and that’s it!

DWS Inductees

DWS applications are still being processed.