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IBA Students Inducted into National Honor Society for Dance Arts

The National Honor Society for Dance Art 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. 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, pay annual dues, and be of good character

International Ballet Academy maintains two chapters of NHSDA, a Secondary Chapter for high school students, and a Junior Chapter for middle school students.  On Saturday, May 27, at the IBA End-of-Year Demonstration at the Peace Center's Gunter Theatre, the academy was pleased to induct five new members into the Secondary Chapter, and three new students into the Junior Chapter. These students each received a certificate from the National NHSDA Organization and an honor pin.  Also recognized were the current members of both chapters who had met all NHSDA requirements for further recognition this year.  They each received a Certificate of Merit from the local chapter.  Members and inductees who are 2017 graduating seniors were awarded the blue and white honor cord and tassel earlier in May to wear with their cap and gowns at their high school graduation ceremonies.

IBA Alumni Sophie Beadie and Davia Bunch presented a rose to each honor student; IBA Executive Director Lena Forster awarded the certificates; and Emily Paluszak, Director of Career & College Guidance and NHSDA Chapter Advisor, led the ceremony and gave the inductees their honor pins. 


Current members of the Junior Chapter were introduced first.  These students (pictured below) are in grades 6-8 and were required to earn additional points during the 2016-2017 school year, pay dues, and maintain a 3.0 academic GPA to receive recognition at the ceremony.


Headshot photos by Karl Trump Photography


Next, three Junior Chapter inductees were announced and received their certificates.  They were then officially welcomed as members of NHSDA.  These students were required to earn 20 points, pay dues, and maintain a 3.0 GPA in order to be inducted.  To earn points they recorded their class hours, performing credits, dance-related volunteer hours, attendance at dance performances and master classes, dance awards and achievements, and some watched and wrote essays on famous classical ballets. 



Current members of the NHSDA Secondary Chapter were introduced next.  These students are in grades 9-12 and were required to earn additional points, pay dues, and maintain a 3.0 academic GPA during the 2016-2017 academic school year in order to earn recognition at the ceremony.  Ellen Kilby, a senior who holds memberships in both the IBA and Fine Arts Center Chapters, wore the blue and white honor cord and tassel at her high school graduation ceremony. 


 Headshot photos by Karl Trump Photography


Finally, five NHSDA Secondary Chapter inductees were introduced and were officially welcomed as members.  These students were required to earn 30 points during their high school years, pay dues, and maintain a 3.0 academic GPA.  They earned points by their dance class hours, dance performances, attendance at dance-related events and master classes, dance-related volunteer hours, and dance honors and activities.  Some also researched classical ballets and wrote essays on them.  Two inductees, California Clark and Gabrielle Wimberly, graduating seniors, were given their NHSDA honor cords early and were able to wear them during their high school graduation ceremonies. 

Headshot photos by Karl Trump Photography


Congratulations to all of our National Honor Society for Dance Arts students!  

For more information about IBA's NHSDA Secondary and Junior Chapters, email Emily Paluszak at ibaguidance@gmail.com. 



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