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National Honor Society For Dance Arts

NYSDEA Recognizes NHSDA Applicant

On behalf of the board of the New York State Dance Education Association, NYSDEA , we would like to honor Emma Laufersweiler for her achievements in the National Honor Society for Dance Arts. Emma is graduating from Monticello High School this June and is an active member of the dance program, serving as dance captain in the productions of Hello Dolly and Kiss Me Kate, as well as president of the Monticello Dance Company and member of the Monticello HS Chapter of the NHSDA. Emma shares, "These leadership roles have taught me a great deal about how to work with others and bring out the best in them."

Emma, who began her studies of dance at a young age, has attended the ABT summer intensive and plans to study dance in college. Karissa Mollicone, her proud dance educator articulates, "Emma consistently defies challenges with creativity and determination . . . and she consistently rises above and beyond what is expected and it is an honor to work with such a dedicated student."

Once again, the New York State Dance Education Association would like to recognize and congratulate Emma for all of her achievements in the National Honor Society for Dance Arts!


The National Honor Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) is one of the most exciting programs NDEO offers to members teaching dance in any private or public middle or high school, dance school/academy, performing arts center, or community center with an active dance program serving students 11-18 years of age.

The primary goals of the NHSDA are:

  1. to promote and honor outstanding achievement in students 11-18 years of age studying dance;
  2. to encourage well-rounded young dance artists to be leaders in their communities; and
  3. to identify honor students of junior and senior high school age for nomination to the National Dance Education Organization's Artistic Merit, Leadership, and Academic Achievement Award, one of the highest honors programs in the United States.

The role of the NDEO State Affiliate is critical in the implementation of NHSDA in that it serves as the primary point of contact with the Chapter Sponsors within the state. The State Affiliate's responsibilities include:

There have been several recent changes to the changes of NHSDA. Essentially, everything is done through a centralized website now. Schools can start chapters and induct students simply by visiting There is now also a junior division in addition to secondary and collegiate for junior high/middle school students.

Please reference the following set of instructions for using the new website!

General Directions for NHSDA General Directions for NHSDA