National Honors Society for Dance Arts

Story By: Melissa McCraryContributor

“The National Honor Society for Dance ArtsTM (NHSDA) 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” (www.nhsda-ndeo.org). Fairfield Central High School has had the privilege of maintaining a chapter of the National Honor Society for Dance Arts through the National Dance Education Organization since 2015 when the first eight members were inducted. Since then, the FCHS chapter of NHSDA has grown to induct 51 members, and this year’s class will add 14 new members to the membership roster. This is the first year that NDEO and NHSDA have offered an opportunity for a “Graduation with Honors” recognition. This new recognition, in addition to the requirements of induction into NHSDA, requires students to have a higher GPA (3.25), increased participation points (45), and write an essay application about the impact of dance in their lives. This year’s National Honor Society for Dance Arts inductees were Alexander Boyd, Sy’Mez Crim, VicTorry Brice, Danajiah Cooper, Sherique Evans, Amber Jones, and Ty’Aisha Peay. This year’s inductees for Graduation with Honors are Dajashia Davis, Lakeithia Johnson, Zenia Mobley, Madison Norman, Kelly Sanders, Bryant Seibles, and Ariel Watson. Some words about the impact of dance from some of our seniors include the following:

“Dance has also impacted me by giving me a family. I know that sounds confusing and silly, but I have grown a family through my dance class. The classmates that I have met through dance have made an impact in my life and encouraged me when I needed it the most.” -- Madison Norman

“Dancing has assisted in forming me into a powerful, courageous person. I always felt dance was dependable and fulfilling. I found a way to create bonds in a way that was comfortable for me. I could also connect with people as well, all while feeling confident. I started to expand my knowledge of diverse cultures through dance. Th rough my knowledge, I had alternative ways to express myself. I can also see their traditional values and emotions they get from dancing. Martha Graham stated, 'Dance is the hidden language of the soul,' and I couldn't agree more. Dance has awakened something deep within me. -- Lakeithia Johnson

“My 9th-grade year was when it all started. I was asked to do a dance even though I wasn't in dance class that year. I was shy but willing to give it a try. Aft er the performance, I really loved how it felt to be on stage dancing in front of an audience. Ever since then, I was in the class and always wanted to dance.” -- Bryant Seibles