The National Winner of the Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award will receive a $1000 monetary award/scholarship. The National Winner, Finalists, and Honorable Mention recipients will all receive a certificate as well as a complimentary registration for NDEO’s National Conference in San Diego, California from Thursday, October 4 to Sunday, October 7. The award recipients will be publicly recognized for their award and have the opportunity to attend regular conference sessions to learn more about the field of dance education.
(Please note: Travel and lodging costs are not included in the conference registration. Traveling with a parent chaperone is recommended. If traveling with a dance teacher chaperone, teacher must pay conference registration fees.)
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. State Affiliates of the National Dance Education Organization may elect to offer a state level award. All applicants are then forwarded for adjudication at the national level. There will be National Winners, Finalists and Honorable Mentions. Personal congratulatory letters from NDEO’s Executive Director are sent to the 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 high school, dance studio/academy, performing arts center, or community center. The student’s NHSDA Chapter must hold a current Institutional Membership in the NDEO.
NDEO has the following State Affiliates that support the NHSDA: AZ, CA, CO, FL, MA, MI, MD, NC, NJ, NY, UT, WA, ID, MO, WV, and WI. Applicants that reside in a state that has an active NDEO State Affiliate that supports the NHSDA, may be eligible for a state level award.
You should hit the SUBMIT button in the online application no later than February 24, 2018. This then triggers an email to be sent to your Chapter Sponsor requesting that they upload the Award Recommendation Letter by March 3, 2018. The State Affiliates that support the NHSDA will determine and announce their own award deadline. National Winner, Finalists and Honorable Mentions will be notified by email on or before April 10, 2018.
Applicants are rated based on the strength of their technical and artistic merit, leadership, four essay questions, GPA, recommendation letter and resume. Each criteria is worth 300 points for a total score of 900 possible points. The applicants are judged in three main categories.
Artistic Merit: The Nominee must demonstrate artistic and technical excellence in dance.
- Technical excellence as seen in video
- Artistic Merit as seen in video
- Essay #1: Choreography – What was the intent of your original choreography? Please provide title of work, inspiration, and any challenges you encountered in the choreographic process. (Limit 250 words)
Leadership: The Nominee must demonstrate outstanding leadership in and outside of the field of dance at the school, community, state, and/or national level.
- Recommendation Letter
- Essay #2: Impact of Dance on Life – What impact has dance had on your life, in and out of the studio? How do you plan to use this influence in the future to have an impact on other people and communities? (Limit 500 words)
Academic Achievement: The Nominee must demonstrate academic excellence with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
- Overall weighted and un-weighted GPA of 3.0 or higher (ex. 3.75 out of 4.0, or 4.25 out of 5.0)
- Essay #1 and Essay #2 Grammar and Writing Style
Technical Excellence: Executes the technique of choice with clarity and accuracy; demonstrates codified technical movements and/or positions with clarity and accuracy; demonstrates a mature understanding of the technique and from where movements originate within the body; demonstrates an intellectual understanding of the technique and is not just copying movements learned; transitions are smooth one movement to the next; Overall, the applicant demonstrates technical maturity.
Artistic Merit: Communicates the intent of choreographic movements; communicates emotions, ideas and feelings of dance using his/her inner-most resources; has an intellectual and emotional understanding of what is required in the choreography; communicates using effectively the elements of dance (time, energy, and space); integrated in his/her knowledge of how his/her body moves; Overall, the applicant has command over technique and performance, and demonstrates a maturity in artistic growth.
Leadership: The student demonstrates leadership at school, community, or state levels and evidence of leadership is provided in the Recommendation Letter, Resume, and Essay #2 question on leadership.
Essay Questions: The student uses excellent grammar (no typos); and articulately addresses the questions asked. The essay responses show maturity in synthesizing dance in life.
Letter of Recommendation: Recommendation from chapter sponsor includes specific examples of how the applicant demonstrates (a) artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement; and (b) reasons why (examples) the CS recommends the student for this award. It MUST include student’s overall GPA both weighted & un-weighted.
Resume: It should divided into four sections (each should be labeled): 1) Dance Training History; 2) Performance & Choreography Experience; 3) Clubs, Activities and Leadership Roles – what else have you participated in the school, community, state and/or national level (can be dance and non-dance related); and 4) Awards and Honors – list all dance and non-dance awards, honors or scholarships received. Limit 1 page.
Besides basic contact information the student will need to supply contact information (mailing address, email, phone) for their Chapter Sponsor, school principal, and if possible, their district superintendent and fine arts coordinator. Make sure you gather this information before starting the online application.
The online application consists of basic student contact information, two short essays, resume, a 3 minute video, and two color photos (both a headshot and action photo either dancing or in a dance pose). The essays, video, resume, and photos are uploaded to the Acceptd platform as separate files. Once the application is received, Chapter Sponsors will be prompted to upload a Chapter Sponsor Award Recommendation Letter for the applicant. There is a $25 application fee (payable only by credit card).
Acceptd supports a majority of file types in use today including:
- Video: MPEG, MPG, MP4, OGG, MOV, AVI, WMV, M4V, VOB, FLV
- Images: JPG, JPEG, PNG, GIF
- Documents: PDF, PS, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPS, PPTX, XLS, XLSX, OPT, SXW, ODP, SXI, ODS, SXC, TXT, RTF
It is recommended that applicants keep media files under 200MB if at all possible. This means you will most likely need to compress your video file. This will prevent very long upload times.
Essay Questions: Students will briefly address both questions provided using Times New Roman in 12pt font, one inch margins on all sides, and single spaced. Each essay should follow the specified length guidelines. Save the essay questions all in one Word document file, or in a PDF file.
- What was the intent of your original choreography? Please provide title of work, inspiration, and any challenges you encountered in the choreographic process. (Limit 250 words)
- What impact has dance had on your life, in and out of the studio? How do you plan to use this influence in the future to have an impact on other people and communities? (Limit 500 words)
Resume: It should divided into four sections (each should be labeled). Limit 1 page.
- Dance Training History
- Performance & Choreography Experience
- Clubs, Activities and Leadership Roles – what else have you participated in the school, community, state and/or national level (can be dance & non-dance related)
- Awards & Honors – list all dance & non-dance awards, honors or scholarships received.
Video: 3 minutes maximum of a solo performance by the student. It must be the student’s original choreography. It can be any genre of dance that best reflects the student’s artistic and technical abilities. While we traditionally receive a lot of modern/contemporary pieces, candidates should feel free to submit other styles such as tap, jazz, hip-hop, world dance, etc. It can be an actual performance on stage during a show, site specific, or filmed in an informal setting or studio. We suggest that you view videos of past year’s winners – you can find them at www.ndeo.org/nhsdaaward. Videos submitted via DVDs and YouTube will not be accepted.
Photos: Two photos will need to be upload to the online application; 1) a head shot, and 2) a color photo of applicant dancing, in a dance setting or in a dance pose.
Chapter Sponsor Award Recommendation Letter: The deadline for student to complete the application, pay the $25 fee and hit the SUBMIT button at the end of application is February 23, 2018. This will then trigger an email to Chapter Sponsor to upload an Award Recommendation Letter, which must be uploaded by March 3, 2018. This letter should explain why the student deserves the award, and provide examples of the student’s leadership, artistic merit and technical excellence. Please make sure the Chapter Sponsor checks their inbox for this email. If they do not receive an email entitled Documentation Request from Acceptd, please contact Acceptd customer service at firstname.lastname@example.org. As a backup measure the Chapter Sponsor can email the recommendation letter directly to email@example.com.