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National Honor Society for Dance Arts

In 2012, Hunter was granted a chapter of the NDEO National Honor Society for Dance Arts.  "The NHSDA Collegiate Program is a dance honor society for college students. It is designed to honor the accomplishments of outstanding undergraduate or graduate students studying dance as a dance major, minor, or elective. This honors the fact that many young professionals have varying interests and abilities in dance that cover a spectrum from the pursuit of dance for personal fulfillment and joy, through career preparation, to life-long learning." -


NHSDA Vision

We envision a nation in which all students have equal opportunity and access to quality dance arts education and are recognized for their outstanding artistic merit, leadership, and academic achievement in the field of dance.           

NHSDA Mission:

  1. 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.
  2. To foster an appreciation for dance as a true art form and one worthy of recognition and prestige.



Jessica Lewis, Honor Society Co-President and Arnhold Scholar

Jessica Lewis studied at New York University’s Gallatin School for Individualized Study. She is currently a Master's Degree Candidate in Dance Education at Hunter College's Arnhold Graduate Dance Education Program and teaches at the International School of Brooklyn.


Pascal Rekoert, Honor Society Co-President and Lincoln Center Education Scholar

Pascal Rekoert, a native of the Netherlands, has performed with Danstheater Arena (Netherlands); Foundation Satori (NL), Bronkhorst & Jongewaard (NL), and Hysterica Dance Company (LA). Currently, Mr. Rekoert is a Lincoln Center Scholar completing his master’s degree in an inaugural partnership program between Lincoln Center Education and CUNY Hunter College. He is a recipient of the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund, which fully subsidizes his studies. More info:



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Student Spotlight

Student Spotlight 2018

Congratulations to graduates, Lauren Alifano, Rebecca Archer, Carmel Bernardo, Vanessa Giordano, Nicole Kadar, Laura Little & Angela Reid.
This AGDEP cohort, celebrates after recieving their Arnhold graduation pins. Jody Arnhold presented a pin to each graduate, signifying his/her induction into the Arnhold LEAD initiative as each promise to live up to the Hunter College motto, "Mihi Cura Futuri," The care of the future is mine. Joining the celebration are Hunter College President, Jenifer Raab, Hunter Dance Department Chair, Carol Walker, Dean Andrew Polsky and AGDEP Director, Kathleen Isaac.As artists, educators and scholars, each AGDEP graduate enters into a never ending commitment to lifelong learning and leadership in dance.

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