Neighborhood School of Dance Competition Team info

2016-2017 Dance Season


Dancers in 4th-12th are eligible to participate on the competition team. During tryouts we will teach all those who have signed-in a dance routine, then we will observe them perform as a group and as a solo. Once you have performed both as a group and as a solo you are free to leave. We will call all dancers that have been placed onto the competition team after tryouts.

Competition team dancers must be enrolled in at least a one hour long class at NSD (Tap, Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop or Modern).

At try outs you will be graded on the following: skill level, can count music, attitude, precision while dancing, can learn choreography, team work, and stage presence.


ENTRY FEES are paid per dancer. We require a $40.00 deposit for entry fees PER COMPETITION paid by December 1st. This will cover entry fees for all of the competitions we go to. Once we know what competitions we are going to we will let you know what is required, up to 4 competitions ($160).

TUITION for competition is $94 a month for 6 months ($564 annual). This team will practice twice a week for one hour each.

COSTUMES are going to be “put together” costumes. We realize that being a part of a competition team has its benefits but is also costly. We will try to put together cost effective costumes to help alleviate the expenses.

ACCOUNTS must be current for a dancer to compete. This is how we make a living – you wouldn’t want to go to work and not get paid!


Our competition team will need to purchase matching warm ups and practice gear. We will be using the NSD track jackets and matching pants which will be offered this year. If you need to purchase either they will be available. Practice gear for Hip Hop will be black shorts and the NSD white t-shirt or a plain black shirt. Practice gear for Jazz and Tap will be tan tights, black shorts and the NSD white t-shirt or a plain black shirt.. The apparel will cost approximately $80 depending on what you currently have.


Fundraising opportunities will be made available to competition team dancers. All fundraisers are optional.


We plan on attending three or four different competitions this year. All of the competitions will be held in either Buffalo, Rochester or Syracuse. Once we know for sure the schedule we will send this info out.

We have 15 open spots for each competition team, however we may not fill all 15 spots. We will be selecting those who have graded well on our Tryout score sheets as well as other factors. We want to select dancers who are ready for the competition team level. If you are not selected we encourage you to give your best during dance this year and to try out again. We are not going to competitions to win – we want to have fun and offer you an experience that matches your dance level. We would never want anyone to feel uncomfortable.


Competition team practices will be held twice a week. .

Attendance at practice is mandatory. This is like any sports team. We have 3-4 months to learn a full dance and perfect it. Once we start going to competitions we will need these practices to work on technique and to sharpen anything that the judges have pointed out. Missing competition team practice for a sports team practice is not allowed. You are allowed up to 3 unexcused absences during the year. If you have 2 unexcused absences you will be put on probation for the remainder of the year. Missing class due to illness is only excused with a doctor’s note. Please keep all this in mind if your dancer needs to miss a class.

Being a part of the competition team is an exciting opportunity. Being a representative of NSD like this also means that the dancer must maintain a positive and respectful attitude outside of dance. Any negative behavior will result in removal from the competition team. Each dancers’ placement on the competition team is considered “at will”. We reserve the right to remove a dancer from the team at any time.

Dress code for Rehearsals are black shorts and the NSD white t-shirt. It is essential that the competition team practices as a team, and as so, looks like a team.



  • Costs are: competition fee deposit: (up to$160), tuition: $94 for 6 months ($564), ≈$80 for dancewear
  • Eligible Dancers are in the 4th-12th grade, must take at least a 1 hour long lesson besides comp
  • We will be going to up to 4 competitions in the Buffalo – Rochester Area beginning in January Click HERE to see competition schedule



Dancers — now you can compete at competition for a solo / duet / trio
– Choose one or more competition NSD is already going to, to compete your dance in.
– For ages 5 & up.
– You pick:
   – solo /duet / trio
   – style of dance
 – we both choose:
    – song
    – costume ( a seperate fee)
 $250 covers competition fees for 1 competition and teacher time.
($250 for solo, $125 per person for duet, $83 per person for trio)
Same price if dancer decides to choreograph a dance on their own. (would still need to meet with teacher prior to competition and have choreography approved)