Policies and Procedures

NHDT give dancers the opportunity to audition for 1 or more productions/events in the dance year.  There is a $25 audition fee for one production or $30 audition fee for two or more.  This is non-refundable and does not apply to any other company related fees.  We have the Nutcracker in Motion that will be preformed at the Clemens Center on December 18, 2021 at 1:00 PM and 7:30 PM.  Our next show is Legends: A tribute to the music of ???? that will be performed at the Clemens Center on April 2, 2022.  Auditions will be posted soon for this show.  All dancers that audition will be awarded parts in out shows.


It is important to know that NHDT’s decision regarding the results of the audition is final

By auditioning the dancer agrees to accept ALL parts awarded. 

Notification of parts will be emailed and posted on NHDT’s website within two weeks of the final audition date.   


Once a dancer is awarded their parts and before the first rehearsal day they are asked to renew or become a member of NHDT.  There is a Dancer’s Membership: $15 renewal or $20 for a new membership.  Additional membership options are available if interested. 

If a dancer is part of the Nutcracker in Motion productions they are responsible for paying the $50.00 non-refundable Production fee and the $20 Costume Rental Fee some time in October.  We will be offering a dancer's package to include the Dancer's membership, production fee, costume rental fee, a quarter page ad in the program and a voucher redeemable for one ticket to the performance. The package total is $100. NHDT supplies all the costumes and props for their productions. NHDT will supply all costumes, accessories and props for all performances.  Dancers are responsible for having new/excellent condition tights and shoes for all performances. 

Nutcracker in Motion dancers are required to inform NHDT of any extra activities (work, weddings, trips, school, sports, plays, concerts…) that they are participating in between August 20, 2021 - December 18, 2021.   This information helps the artistic team create the weekly rehearsal schedule.

Nutcracker in Motion dancers are responsible for attending all part related rehearsals during the NIM Summer  Intensive Camp.  Rehearsal will be held at the Leslie School of Dance Studios in Elmira Heights or Watkins Glen.   A summer camp schedule will be emailed with the Notification of Parts letters and posted on NHDT’s website after auditions.  Camp hours usually run between 10 am - 9 pm.  You will attend only when your parts are rehearsed.  

Dancers are required to dress appropriate for all rehearsals.  Female dancers: black leotard, pink tights & hair in a bun.  Male dancers: white shirt and black shorts or pants.

Dancers are responsible for learning all choreography related to their parts.  If a dancer is absent it is their responsibility to connect with a cast member or the understudies prior to the next rehearsal to review any new choreography.


Nutcracker in Motion Fall/ Winter rehearsals will be run primarily on Saturdays from 1:00 PM -7:00 PM, between September and December at the Leslie School of Dance Studios in Elmira Heights and  Watkins Glen.  Additional rehearsals may be scheduled on weeknights in early September (after school hours and before dance classes begin). In all cases, rehearsal schedules will be emailed and posted on NHDT’s website to give parents enough time to coordinate your schedules. NHDT will also post weekends that there no rehearsals.  


Dancers are allowed two absences from fall/winter rehearsals between September 1 - December 1, 2021.. There are NO ABSENCES permitted between December 11,  2021.  School functions are looked at separately and do not necessarily count as an absence.  If a dancer is ill and contagious please contact NHDT and keep the dancer at home.  Dancers that experience an injury are asked to attend rehearsal to watch what is going on.  This keeps them in the loop for what they are back on their feet.

Some "Extra Special Performing Events" are optional..  This may include an event at Elmira Heights Oktoberfest, Parades and School Time Performances.  Please refer to Dancer's Running Calendar.

Parents are ask to volunteer for for a committee, event or backstage to help support the running of this organization and the productions.   Parent meetings are held on regular bases to keep the line of communication open.  


For Legends!, there are similar policies in place and some fees may apply. Rehearsals will still occur on Saturdays.