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The NHYDF provides studios, schools, youth performance groups, and pre-professional companies with the opportunity to receive valuable adjudication from industry professionals, the ability to share and build audiences, and for young artists to experience the concert dance environment.

The NHYDF Gala Performance features adjudication from experienced dance professionals, the opportunity to perform in the beautiful 881-seat Stockbridge Theater in Derry, NH, as well as master classes from leading professionals in the industry and a teachers’ round table session.  Participants must submit works for adjudication in order to be invited to perform at the Gala Performance, however master classes, round tables, and the performance is open to the public.

2019 NHYDF Gala

January 12, 2019
Stockbridge Theater
44 North Main St. Derry, NH 03038

The NHYDF is a day-long event that features master classes, educational sessions, a teacher round table, and an evening Gala Performance.  The event takes place at the Stockbridge Theater in Derry, NH.  All classes and seminars are open to the public, as is the evening Gala performance.  Tickets for the Gala will be available at the Stockbridge Theatre Box Office.  Dancers, dance educators, and staff can register to attend the event, and registration fees include a ticket to the Gala.

How it Works

The NHYDF is open to the public, and there are numerous ways to get involved.  Participants do not have to perform in order to take part in the event.

  1. Register!  The fee is $50 per person to attend, and includes master classes, workshops, Q&A sessions with guest artists, a teacher roundtable and ticket to the Gala performance.  Registration is now open until the day of the event!
  2. Submit your dances for consideration in the Gala! Every submission will receive adjudication from industry professionals.  Dances with 2 or more people will be considered.
  3. Solo adjudication! Looking for technical feedback for your or one of your students?  Register as a soloist for an additional $50.  Soloists perform in front of the adjudicators and receive instant, personal feedback.

Adjudication

Dance studios, secondary educational institutions, youth ensembles, performing arts programs and student choreographers are encouraged to submit work for adjudication ahead of the Gala event.  Submissions can be a work in progress or a completed work, and all levels and styles of dance are welcome.  Applicants will receive written feedback via email from the adjudication team, comprised of industry professionals, that will aide in your creative and educational processes.  There is a $20 fee for each dance that is submitted for adjudication.

Students who are seriously considering a career in the performing arts can apply for solo adjudication.  Solo adjudication happens in-person during the NHYDF event.  Soloists will receive valuable personal feedback from industry professionals to help them with their college and/or professional auditions.  Solo adjudication will require an additional fee of $50 in addition to the registration fee, for a combined total of $100.

Attend NHYDF

Register to attend NHYDF with your students!  There is a fee of $50 per person to attend.  This fee includes access to all master classes, workshops, teacher events, and a ticket to the Gala performance.  Teachers attend for free when bringing 10 or more students.  Gala choreographers attend for free!

Gala Performance

From the adjudication submissions, the NHYDF team and adjudicators will select dances to perform at the Gala in the state-of-the-art Stockbridge Theater the night of the event.  On the day of the Gala, selected dances will have time for technical rehearsals in the theater prior to the show.  If you would like to be considered for the Gala performance, please fill out the form and submit your dance(s) below.  You can submit an unlimited number of dances to be considered.  Submissions must include the $20 fee per dance to be considered.  Dancers performing in the Gala must pay the $50 registration fee in order to participate.  This fee includes access to all classes and workshops the day of the Gala.  Gala Choreographers attend free of charge.   Performers receive photos of the event, and can purchase video.

Deadline to submit: December 15th, 2018. Selected dances will be notified by January 1st.

Additional Opportunities

For additional performance opportunities, please check out our Showcase.

Register to Attend NHYDF 2019

Registration is now open for the 2019 NHYDF!   Select your form below (individual or group registration) and then pay your fees using the button to the right.

  • Registration Fee: $50 per person
  • This fee is to be paid only once per person, whether performing or not.
  • Soloists: Please register and pay your fees on the Solo Submission tab
  • Choreographers/Teachers with work accepted into the Gala: Free!
  • Teachers bringing 10 or more students: Free!

Pay Registration Fee:





Group Registration (for studios/schools)


Individual Registration


Soloist Registration

Please register as a soloist under the tab labeled “Solo Adjudication.” Soloist fee ($100) must be paid separately, and at the same time as registration.

Pay NHYDF Fees

To make a payment, please click on the “Buy Now” button below.  Enter the full amount of your payment and include your studio/group/organization name.

Group Adjudication
$20
dance
  • Receive feedback from industry professionals on duets, trios and group dances.
  • Be considered for the Gala.
  • Submissions that have not been paid will not be adjudicated or reviewed
Solo Adjudication
$100
person
  • Includes: $50 solo fee and $50 registration fee.
  • Adjudication happens in-person during the event. 
  • Soloists have access to all events, classes and performances
Registration Fee
$50
person
  • Required for each person attending the event (soloist $100 fee includes the registration fee). 
  • Gala Choreographers and teachers bringing 10 or more dancers attend for free!

To make a payment by check, money order or cashiers check: Please make checks out to “Kearsarge Conservatory of the Performing Arts” and mail it to 1242 North Rd Warner, NH 03278.  Please include your school/organization name, and the amount of dances submitted.

2019 NHYDF Gala Schedule

Please note: this schedule is tentative and subject to change. 


Registration/Check-in

8:45am-2:00pm

Performers should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their scheduled tech time to check in.  Students arriving for the mast class should check in 20-30 minutes ahead of time.


Gala Performance Technical Rehearsals

9:00am-1:00pm

Exact Tech Schedules will be emailed to performers the week of the show.  Each dance will have a scheduled amount of time to rehearse on stage.  Please note, we can not change the time slot assigned.


Solo Adjudication Sessions

12:00pm-2:00pm

Exact Session Time Slots will be emailed to soloists the week of the show.


Master Class with Christina Belinsky

2:00pm-3:30pm

This class is open to performers, teachers, choreographers, staff and the public.  Please register in advance.  $50 registration fee includes a ticket to the Gala performance and access to all events happening during the event.

Christina is a graduate of Dean College with an A.A. in Dance and The University of the Arts where she earned her B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance and the award for Most Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance. Concert dance credits include Philadelphia’s Contempra Dance Theatre, Boston Dance Company “The Nutcracker Suite”, Perceptions Contemporary Dance Company, and as a guest artist with Impulse Dance Company. Professional regional theater credits include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol, Footloose, The Producers, Sweet Charity, Seussical: The Musical, Charlotte’s Web, and the NYC industry reading of “Woody: A New Fairytale”. TV and film credits include MTV’s “Say It In Song”, HGTV’s “Spontaneous Construction”, and Connecticut Lottery’s “Lucky for Life” commercial. Other credits include Doris Humphrey’s “Water Studies” at The Yard, Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, Cirque du Soleil’s One Drop Foundation, and the 80th Anniversary Tour of the Martha Graham Dance Company performing as an ensemble member in the classic, “Panorama”. Christina has been a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center, Pennsylvania Thespians’ Conference, Boston Ballet, Dance Masters of New England, University of New Hampshire, University of Nebraska, Diva Dance Competition’s Nationals, New York City’s Stage Door Connections and various studios through out the North East. She is an adjudicator for Diva Dance Competition, Headliners, Spirit of Dance Awards, and Impact Dance Adjudicators. Her choreography has been presented at the Palace Theatre and Majestic Theatre (Manchester, NH), Built on Stilts Performing Arts Festival (Martha’s Vineyard, MA), The Dance Complex, Third Life Choreographers’ Series (Boston, MA), Fulton Theatre’s BC/EFA Cabaret (Lancaster, PA), and the UArts Drake Theater (Philadelphia, PA). Christina was fortunate enough to tour internationally as the dance captain of “The Aluminum Show”, a show that combines puppetry, acrobatics, and dance with aluminum-toned objects. With “The Aluminum Show” she has performed throughout the US, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Israel, and Russia and has made numerous television appearances. She has toured as the dance captain and swing of the North American tour of  “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winning choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler. Christina recently completed the 1st Broadway national tour of “Finding Neverland”, directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and choreographed by Emmy Award winner, Mia Michaels, as a member of the ensemble. Christina is proud to be a member of Actors’ Equity and represented by CESD.


Q&A Session with Christina Belinsky & NSquared Dance Company

3:30pm-4:15pm

A great opportunity to learn about professional performance life, talk directly to professionals, learn how to take feedback, and gain perspective on your potential career.

This event is open to performers, students, teachers, choreographers, staff and the public.  Please register in advance.  $50 registration fee includes a ticket to the Gala performance and access to all events happening during the event.


Teacher Round Table

5:00pm – 6:00pm

Explore and discuss new ideas, get some inspiration, ask questions to other teachers, and meet some new contacts!

This event is for teachers and professionals only, and is open to the public.  Please register in advance to participate. $50 registration fee includes a ticket to the Gala performance and access to all events happening during the event.


Gala Performance

7:00pm – 8:30pm

Featuring a special performance by NSquared Dance. 

The performance will take place on the Stockbridge Theatre stage.  House opens 30 minutes prior.

Tickets: $10

Tickets available the day of the event only. Tickets can be purchased at concessions for your convenience until 5:00pm, and then at the ticket table at the door starting at 6:00pm.

NSquared Dance

Founded in 2014, NSquared Dance is a contemporary dance company creating art in New York City. Described as having an “undeniable flavor,” we create narrative-driven works with a wide range of movement qualities. Our repetoire is rooted in strong technique, but shows our dancers’ abilities to move expressively. Mostly, we like the work to speak for itself. Enjoy our “off-kilter stories!”

www.nsquareddance.com


There will be food available to purchase throughout the day at concessions for participants, as well as NHYDF t-shirts and tank tops! Limited supply available, so get yours early!

2019 Adjudicators

We are thrilled to be able to offer educational and inspirational resources like adjudication to our community of teachers, directors and students. This year’s adjudicators are a wonderful group of professionals with decades of experience who have volunteered their time, expertise and passion for dance education to NHYDF.

Christina Belinsky

Christina is a graduate of Dean College with an A.A. in Dance and The University of the Arts where she earned her B.F.A. in Modern Dance Performance and the award for Most Outstanding Performance in Modern Dance. Concert dance credits include Philadelphia’s Contempra Dance Theatre, Boston Dance Company “The Nutcracker Suite”, Perceptions Contemporary Dance Company, and as a guest artist with Impulse Dance Company. Professional regional theater credits include Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol, Footloose, The Producers, Sweet Charity, Seussical: The Musical, Charlotte’s Web, and the NYC industry reading of “Woody: A New Fairytale”. TV and film credits include MTV’s “Say It In Song”, HGTV’s “Spontaneous Construction”, and Connecticut Lottery’s “Lucky for Life” commercial. Other credits include Doris Humphrey’s “Water Studies” at The Yard, Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra, Cirque du Soleil’s One Drop Foundation, and the 80th Anniversary Tour of the Martha Graham Dance Company performing as an ensemble member in the classic, “Panorama”. Christina has been a guest teacher at Broadway Dance Center, Pennsylvania Thespians’ Conference, Boston Ballet, Dance Masters of New England, University of New Hampshire, University of Nebraska, Diva Dance Competition’s Nationals, New York City’s Stage Door Connections and various studios through out the North East. She is an adjudicator for Diva Dance Competition, Headliners, Spirit of Dance Awards, and Impact Dance Adjudicators. Her choreography has been presented at the Palace Theatre and Majestic Theatre (Manchester, NH), Built on Stilts Performing Arts Festival (Martha’s Vineyard, MA), The Dance Complex, Third Life Choreographers’ Series (Boston, MA), Fulton Theatre’s BC/EFA Cabaret (Lancaster, PA), and the UArts Drake Theater (Philadelphia, PA). Christina was fortunate enough to tour internationally as the dance captain of “The Aluminum Show”, a show that combines puppetry, acrobatics, and dance with aluminum-toned objects. With “The Aluminum Show” she has performed throughout the US, Brazil, Canada, Spain, Israel, and Russia and has made numerous television appearances. She has toured as the dance captain and swing of the North American tour of  “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, directed and choreographed by Tony Award-winning choreographer, Andy Blankenbuehler. Christina recently completed the 1st Broadway national tour of “Finding Neverland”, directed by Tony Award winner Diane Paulus and choreographed by Emmy Award winner, Mia Michaels, as a member of the ensemble. Christina is proud to be a member of Actors’ Equity and represented by CESD.

Susan M Lamontagne

Susan M Lamontagne is excited to be a part of the adjudication team for the NH Youth Dance Festival.  It’s a privilege to get to watch and celebrate so many dancers.

She started dancing at age 3 like so many and just kept going.  After studying and performing professionally for years she finally became part of the original Broadway cast of the Tony Award winning Best Musical Fosse where she was blessed under the mentorship of the amazing Gwen Verdon, Anne Reinking, Ben Vereen and and many others as they shared Bob Fosse’s original work. 

Her 20+ year professional performing career included Broadway, Nat’l and Internat’l Tours. Some favorite credits are Broadway’s Fosse, Cats (Demeter – Broadway, Nat’l Tour & Germany), Red, Hot & Blue (Papermill Playhouse w/ Andy Blankenbeuler). West Side Story for Allen Johnson (Gratziella – Nat’l & European tours), the original Tiger Lily in Peter Pan starring Cathy Rigby and Starlight Express (Ashley, u/s Dinah  Germany & Las Vegas companies). 

After taking a break from performing Susan has been mentoring, directing, choreographing and teaching dance and theater arts for over 20 years. She presently teaches at Lebanon Ballet School in Lebanon, NH, choreographs around the upper valley as well as teaching master classes around the US.

Directorial credits include: Cats, On The Town, The Wizard Of Oz and Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap. Choreography Credits include include I love You, You’re Perfect Now Change, Curtains, Footloose, Cabaret, Once On This Island, CATS, The Rocky Horror Show, On The Town, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum and 42nd Street, My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz and Peter Pan.

Susan considers it an honor and responsibility to pass on the techniques, styles and passion of the many amazing choreographers and mentors she’s had the privilege of studying with. Much love to Chris and Nicholas & Noah as well.

Karen Pariseau

Karen has extensive training in ballet, jazz, and modern. She received numerous scholarships and has studied under some of the country’s most prestigious teachers such as Judith Jameson; Milton Myers, Lynn Simonson and Charles Wright at Jacob’s Pillow; with E. Virginia Williams and Sydney Leonard of Boston School of Ballet; Suzanne Taylor, former artistic director of New Hampshire School of Ballet; Gus Giordano of Chicago-based Giordano Dance Company; and Joyce King, a faculty member at Joffery Ballet School and the Artistic Director for the Joyce King Dance Company in New York City.

Karen was a principal dancer with the NH Ballet Ensemble and has performed in various shows throughout the country including the touring of NFL Industrial, guest dancer at the St. Paul’s Nutcracker, First Night in Concord, Dance Fest NH, and Jacob’s Pillow where she was selected to perform works from “Revelations” as well as selections from the Hubbard Street Repertory.

Her choreographic credits include “Fiddler on the Roof” for Derryfield School; “Birdland” for St. Paul’s Ballet Company; Miss NH Pageants; Dean Kamen’s NH First; local productions of “Bye Bye Birdie,” “Oklahoma,” and “Wizard of Oz,” as well as a collaboration with Joyce King of NYC on the premiere performance of a “Moment of Silence” a Tribute to 9/11, which received high accolades from the audience. She has taught Master classes throughout New England including St. Paul’s in Concord, NH and Donna Maselli’s Dance Center in Massachusetts.

Karen is the Founder and Artistic Director of Bedford Dance Center, and provides her students the opportunity to work and study with various choreographers and guest teachers throughout the year as well as at the Summer Dance Intensive Workshop. She strives to instill her love of dance by inspiring her students to explore their own creative expression and artistic development.

She is married to Dan and is the proud mother of 2 boys, Jordan and Riley, and Fenway the weiner dog.

Solo Adjudication Application

Students who are seriously considering a career in the performing arts can apply for solo adjudication.  Solo adjudication happens in-person during the NHYDF event.  Soloists will receive valuable personal feedback from industry professionals to help them with their college and/or professional auditions.  Solo adjudication will require an additional fee of $50 on top of the participation fee, for a $100 total fee.  Applications for solo adjudication must be submitted via the Solo Adjudication Application.

Deadline to register as a soloist: January 2nd, 2019. 

We’re sorry, solo registration is closed.  

 

Your $100 combined registration & solo fee is due now.  Please click the button below to make your payment.  

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Submit Work to the 2019 NHYDF Gala

  • Please review our guidelines prior to submitting work.
  • Please fill out a separate form for each dance you would like to submit for adjudication and consideration for the Gala.
  • Complete the form fully each time!
  • Adjudication fee: $20 per dance.  Please be sure to remit payment for each dance submitted.  We cannot review your application without payment.
  • The $20 adjudication fee must be paid at the time of submission, and are nonrefundable.
  • Submissions can be a work in progress or a completed work, and all levels and styles of dance are welcome.  Applicants will receive written feedback via email from the adjudication team comprised of industry professionals that will aide in your creative and educational processes.  From the dances submitted, the NHYDF team and adjudicators will select works to be performed at the Gala.
  • There is a registration fee of $50 per person (to be paid only once, regardless of if the participant performs or not) that is required to attend the event.  This fee is not due at time of adjudication submission.  The fee is due upon dancer registration.  Choreographers with work being performed in the Gala attend free of charge.

Students who are seriously considering a career in the performing arts can apply for solo adjudication.  Solo adjudication happens in-person during the NHYDF event.  Soloists will receive valuable personal feedback from industry professionals to help them with their college and/or professional auditions.  Solo adjudication will require an additional fee of $50 on top of the participation fee, for a $100 total fee.  Applications for solo adjudication must be submitted via the Solo Adjudication Application.

Deadline to submit: December 15th, 2018. Selected dances will be notified by January 1st.

 

Submissions for the 2019 NHYDF Gala are now closed. 

Guidelines

Please review our guidelines fully before submitting your work.  For questions that cannot be answered in the guidelines below, please email nhydf@nhperformingarts.org

 

Who can submit works?

Any dance studio, school, secondary institution, performing arts organization, youth ensemble or other organization with a dance program may submit work.  Student choreographed works are encouraged as well.

We welcome applications from out of state organizations.  Please note that New Hampshire based groups are given priority for the Main Performance.

Professional teachers and choreographers are given priority for participation in the Main Performance, but a small amount of student choreography may be considered based on artistic merit.

What type of dance can I submit? Are there time limits?

All genres of dance will be considered for group dances including ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop/funk, musical theater, folk/ethnic, and works incorporating more than one style.  Solos must showcase technical ability in one of the following areas: ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, and/or jazz.

Group Dances are limited to 5 minutes maximum, including any set up or take down of props or set pieces used in the piece.

Solos are limited to a maximum of 2:30.

Professional teachers and choreographers are given priority for participation in the Gala Performance, but a small amount of student choreography may be considered based on artistic merit.

How many dances can I submit?

You can submit as many dances as you would like for adjudication.  Each dance requires a new form and fee to be submitted.

Solos are limited to a maximum of 2:30.

Professional teachers and choreographers are given priority for participation in the Gala Performance, but a small amount of student choreography may be considered based on artistic merit.

Can I submit a duet or trio?

Yes!  Dances of all sizes will be given written feedback from the adjudicators. Soloists must submit to perform live for adjudication.

Can I submit a solo?

Yes!  Adjudication for soloists is very important.  Please note, however, that the NHYDF Gala Performance only accepts soloists into the informal showcase who are seriously considering a career in the performing arts.  Teachers must submit on the student’s behalf.  Solos may be a maximum of 2:30 in length and must showcase technical ability in any of the following styles of dance: ballet, pointe, modern, contemporary, jazz.  At this time we are not accepting tap or hip hop solos.  Accepted solos are performed at an informal session in a dance studio and receive full adjudication.  Soloists who exemplify technical and artistic merit may be invited to perform at the Gala in addition.

What does it cost to be a part of NHYDF?

Adjudication Fee: $20 per dance submitted

Registration Fee: $50 per person (access to all classes, workshops, a ticket to the Gala to watch, or a tech rehearsal and photos of performance)

Fees must be paid by by the deadlines listed.  All fees are nonrefundable. Late payments will incur an additional $50 fee.

Showcases have a set fee per dance.

Any cancellations of entries will result in a loss of all deposits and entry fees for the event.  No entries will be processed without full payment. Only Visa, Master Card, Studio checks, money orders or cashier checks will be accepted. Individual personal checks will not be honored. All returned checks are subject to a $35 service fee. Payment of entries sent after the deadline date must be in the form of a Cashier’s Check or Money Order. NHYDF reserves the right to move the festival date and or location due to unforeseen circumstances. NHYDF also reserves the right to cancel any event that does not meet the minimal number of acceptable entries. In the event this should occur, all entry fees will be refunded. There will be NO refunds on entries after the minimum numbers of entries have been received and performance times have been confirmed.

How many times will my piece be performed? Will I have the chance to be re-adjudicated?

All selected dances will perform once each during the performance time slot set by NHYDF.

Adjudication will take place prior to the performance in the form of written feedback based on video submissions.  Adjudicators may be present at the Gala Performance to provide additional feedback after the show.

Do dancers receive awards?

The NHYDF is a noncompetitive event, and therefore does not hand out awards.  Each dance does receive a feedback from adjudicators with feedback on several areas including choreography, costuming and more. The NHYDF aims to provide valuable feedback to participants and not an award system.  We believe in dance as an art form, and therefore do not judge dances against each other, but rather create an environment where dancers, audiences and choreographers can learn, engage and grow.

What is adjudication, and who are the adjudicators?

Adjudication is the process of evaluating a dance independently on its own merit.  In some cases, there may be a “winner”.  The NHYDF does not believe in comparing works to each other, but rather in providing feedback to each individual dance.  The adjudication of works presented at the NHYDF is designed to be a learning and educational experience, de-emphasizing competition. Feedback by the adjudicators are a valued part of NHYDF and will be conducted in an open and supportive forum.

The NHYDF is set up so that after each performance session, participants will be able to attend a brief and open feedback session.  These sessions allow participants to listen to adjudicators speak about the performance.

Each year the adjudicators may change, and consist of leaders and professionals in the dance industry.

Please note: NHYDF participants (faculty, performers, staff, etc) shall not attempt to engage adjudicators in any conversation pertaining to NHYDF participants, choreography or attending programs/schools. Questions concerning the adjudication process must be directed to the NHYDF staff.

Am I allowed to bring audience members, and where do they buy tickets?

Of course!  Tickets are available at the door for audience members.

Performers are allowed and encouraged to sit in the audience before and/or after their performances.

The use of ANY electronic devices for Photography & Videography is STRICTLY PROHIBITED during any performance. It is the responsibility of the studio owner, teacher, choreographer and/or program director to inform their students, parents and audiences of the NO Photo/Video rule.

No food, drinks or smoking is allowed in the performance area or inside the venue. All persons on premise of the venue are also subject to rules and compliance of State and Federal laws pertaining to the use and safety of the venue.  All participating teachers, dancers and spectators are expected to display good sportsmanship. Failure to comply could result in immediate removal and loss of privileges to participate with NHYDF and or affiliates.

Will there be space to warm up and change before the performance?

The Stockbridge Theater offers one male and one female dressing room in addition to a green room, general holding spaces and the dance studio.  We ask that all dancers enter the dressing rooms for changing and preparations, and that the hallways and common holding spaces are left free for dancers to warm up and wait for their turn on stage.

Participants will be allowed to warm up prior to the scheduled performance in the designated areas.  The main stage and dance studio may be used for warm up only if not in use for adjudication. No staging or running dances is allowed at that time.

Do I need to bring my music with me or submit it electronically?

Once your pieces have been accepted, the NHYDF team will notify you and request your music via mp3 format.  Participants should also bring back-ups in the event of a malfunction of the original music submitted.

Is there an age or level minimum/maximum?

While NHYDF focuses on youth performers (under 18), it is open to all ages as long as participants are of amateur status and registered students of the school/program participating.  

NHYDF is also open to anyone who has a passion for dance.  All levels are welcome to submit work.

Can I use props?

Props are allowed at the NHYDF.  Please note:

  • For safety purposes, props and performers should never come within 1 foot from the edge of the stage.
  • Props and materials used in each dance must be listed and described in the submission.  No form of liquid, gel, aerosol, glitter, powder or paint may be used that will physically alter the surface of the floor. Rosin will not be permitted for use. Fire, glass, swords, knives, weapons and use of live animals are prohibited.
  • Hanging backdrops and special lighting may not be used.
  • Helium balloons are only allowed if they are weighted and if permitted by the venue.
  • For safety measures, all props (free-standing or hand-held) are restricted to a maximum height of 15 feet. The use of safety railings is recommended.
  • If the weight of a prop exceeds the maximum weight limit for a built stage, or the Festival Director feels the weight of the prop is a safety hazard, the dancers will not be allowed to use the prop. When sliding props or moving scenery, please be careful not to damage the floor. If floor is damaged beyond repair, the studio owner/director will be responsible for its replacement.
  • Props must be loaded in and out of the venue on the same day they will be used. Storing props in the wings or backstage is not allowed. NHYDF will not be responsible for props left overnight or unattended.
  • Any special request for the assembling of props must be discussed with the Festival Director prior to arrival to the venue. All props backstage MUST be labeled with the studio name for identification purposes.
  • If the stage is littered during a performance, dancers are expected to clean the stage completely of all debris with in time limit of performance.

Are there additional performance rules?

We have a few rules for performances to keep our participants and audiences safe, and to keep the festival on time.

  • Dancers must perform in their scheduled order unless special permission is given.
  • If the stage is littered during an act, please be ready to clean it up immediately following the performance.
  • Dancers must perform their ENTIRE act on the stage. Performer may not enter or exit the stage from anywhere other than the wings. Starting the performance from the audience or ending in the audience is also not permitted.
  • Special stage or house lighting can not be provided for any performance.

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What about etiquette and behavior?

The NHYDF firmly believes in the art of dance, and as such we ask that our participants, audiences and performers attend the event with positive, open minds and curiosity.  The NHYDF exists as a vehicle to promote the arts, encourage artistic ventures, and present dance to all kinds of new and current audiences.

It is of the utmost importance that participants understand that the NHYDF has a zero-tolerance policy in regards to bullying.  While the NHYDF aims to create conversations about dance, these conversations should be constructive and worthwhile.  Participants may be asked to leave and forfeit their performance opportunity should there be any kind of negative behavior towards another performer, organization, staff member, volunteer, or other associated with the NHYDF.

The NHYDF reserves the right to ask any organization, group or performer to leave the premises for any reason deemed fit.

Will there be photos and/or video available from the event?

Information on purchasing photos and/or videos will be made available prior to the event for participants.