Pictured from left are Annabeth Kerr, Anna Nungster, Jasmine Albrecht, and Nathan Graff who were inducted into the National Honors Society for Dance Arts earlier this month.

MCA inducts local students into National Honors Society for Dance Arts


Four outstanding students were inducted into the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts (MCA) Chapters National Honors Society for Dance Arts (NHSDA). Jasmine Albrecht and Nathan Graff were inducted into the Secondary Chapter for High School Students and Saint Mary’s University students Annabeth Kerr and Anna Nungster were inducted into the Collegiate Chapter for University Students. The students were honored in an afternoon ceremony at the Valéncia Arts Center on May 5.

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 second 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 ceremony also included a slideshow with photos depicting each dancer’s time at MCA and closed with family and friends enjoying conversation and treats.

The third induction ceremony is planned for the fall of 2018. Dancers who are interested in learning more should contact Schmidt at tschmidt@smumn.edu or 507-453-5502.

About MCA
The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts, an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University, is a nonprofit organization offering programming in dance, music, visual art, and theater. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for students of all ages from birth through older adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, 1164 W. Howard St., Winona, Minn. For more information, go to mca.smumn.edu, email mca@smumn.edu, or call 507-453-5500.

About Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota awakens, nurtures, and empowers learners to ethical lives of leadership and service. At Saint Mary’s, students find in every classroom — whether in person or online — a relationship-driven, person-centered education. Through intense inquiry, students discover the truths in the world and the character within. Founded in 1912 and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota enrolls 5,700 students at its residential undergraduate college in Winona and its schools of graduate and professional programs, based in Minneapolis but extending worldwide. Saint Mary’s offers respected and affordable programs in a variety of areas leading to bachelor’s, bachelor’s completion, master’s, certificate, specialist, and doctoral degrees. Learn more at smumn.edu.


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