WINONA, Minn. — Four outstanding Winona-area students were inducted into the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) National Honors Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA) Chapter. Abby Klein and Megan Lynch were inducted into the Secondary Chapter for high school students. Carmelle Meyer and Ella Skranka were inducted into the Junior Chapter for students in grades six through eight. The students were honored in an afternoon ceremony at the Valéncia Arts Center in January.

Induction into all chapters is earned through an accumulation of points awarded for dance activities such as rehearsals, performances, research, workshops, or community service activities, along with a GPA of at least 3.0.

This was MCA’s first induction ceremony since becoming a member of the National Dance Educators Organization (NDEO) and receiving approval as a site for Junior, Secondary, and Collegiate NHSDA Chapter.

MCA Director of Dance Tammy Schmidt led the ceremony which featured a brief history about NEDO and NHSDA, as well as achievements and goals of each inductee.

The second induction ceremony is planned for May 2018. Dancers who are interested in learning more should contact Schmidt at or 507-453-5502.

Photo caption: Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts students inducted into the National Honors Society for Dance Arts include, from left: Megan Lynch, Abbey Klein, Ella Skranka, and Carmelle Meyer.

About the NHSDA

The National Honor Society for Dance Arts™ (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. The NHSDA offers three levels of induction: The Junior Program for grades six through eight, The Secondary Program for grades nine through 12, and The Collegiate Program for students in college or university dance programs. Benefits for members include scholarship, leadership, and networking opportunities within the dance field.

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