2021/2022 NVM Competition Team Agreement


  1. Commitment/Attendance:

  2. Commitment to the team is of utmost importance. Competition students are held to a higher standard than recreational students. Unlike sports, if someone doesn’t show up to a practice right before the game, we can’t just bench them in a group number.

  3. In order to grow, consistent attendance is required. During competition season (February to May), no more than 3 absences will be allowed, and no absences back to back (unless in extreme cases such as illness (with doctors note), family grievances, etc). It is also mandatory for students to attend classes the week of competitions. If a student is under the weather (but cleared from a doctor and not contagious) or injured, they should still come and watch the class and it would not count against their absences. It will be handled on a case by case basis if a student has more than 3 absences during the competition season. Consequences may include not being able to perform a solo at the next competition or recital (even if it’s already been paid for, no refunds), potentially being pulled from the team, or paying for private lessons to catch up.

  4. Just because we specify competition season above, does not mean students can skip multiple classes during other parts of the season. Excessive absences during other parts of the year will be handled at instructor's discretion.

  5. Competition Fees are non-refundable if a student decides to leave the team mid-season. If a student is injured mid-season, group competition entry fees are generally non-refundable once submitted. Solo/Duo/Trio entry fees may be refundable depending on the competition rules. Most competitions are giving refunds specifically for Covid-19 purposes if a student has to miss a competition due to quarantining.

  6. Snow days are bound to happen during competition season. If needed, a makeup class will likely be scheduled immediately after on a weekend, and we expect everyone to do their best in attending the makeup class.

  7. Sportsmanship/Conduct

  8. Poor sportsmanship or conduct at the studio or during competitions will not be tolerated (this includes parents as well as children). Consequences can include not being able to perform a solo at competition or recital (even if it was already paid for, no refunds), or being pulled from the team.

  9. At competitions, all students and parents are representing NVM, and you must keep in mind that we are being judged on our behavior and sportsmanship the moment we walk into a competition by staff and judges. If a judge sees one NVM student acting poorly, it will reflect badly on the entire studio. Students and parents alike must maintain appropriate conduct at all times.

  10. When onstage at awards, students are expected to clap for all other studios and students, and when accepting awards, wear a smile and say thank you regardless of where you place or how your score. IT IS NEVER OKAY TO BAD MOUTH A COMPETITION OR A JUDGE BECAUSE YOU ARE UPSET WITH HOW YOU SCORED. This detracts from the team experience. Sometimes it can be difficult when we have soloists who are technically competing in the same category and are eligible for the same high scores, but we must remember we are ultimately a team working together, and students must remain happy for other students' successes.

  11. Respect to teachers/staff

  12. Students must always respect the instructor, especially a guest teacher who may be subbing in. Keep in mind that subs may not know the exact flow of a class, and may have their own set of rules that need to be respected by all students.

  13. Instructors have authority over classes. Any concerns with an instructor or staff member must be addressed with that instructor after class and must be followed up with Ashley.

  14. Requirement of ballet

  15. All competition students (except those specifically competing in tap or hip hop only) are required to take ballet to improve technique and performance quality. Female students must wear a leotard, tights, and ballet shoes to ballet class every week, and hair should be pulled back in a bun. Male students should wear form fitting clothes, ballet shoes, and hair should be pulled back.

  16. In the Classroom

  17. Students should be dressed in dance appropriate attire (nothing baggy, teachers need to be able to see dancers form), and hair MUST BE pulled back and out of face in ponytail, braids, or bun. Studio will not provide hair ties.

  18. Punctuality is an absolute must!!! Please arrive a few minutes early so that students are ready to walk into class dressed and ready to go when class starts. Excessive tardiness will not be allowed, and may result in counting as an absence.

  19. Physical Appearance

  20. Female students should plan to have hair long enough to put into a high pony/bun for competition season.

  21. Students should plan to have natural colored hair for competition season.

  22. Students should plan to remove body piercings and jewelry for competitions.

  23. Students should plan to have no nail polish or neutral nail polish (french manicure, nude) for competitions.

  24. Students should plan to cover any tattoos with makeup for competitions.

  25. Tentative Competition Dates:

  26. April 8-10: Starbound (Sturbridge) or Turn it Up (Lowell)

  27. April 28-May 1: World Class Talent (Worcester) or Bravo (Lowell)

  28. May 13-15: EDC (Sturbridge) or Turn it Up (Bellingham)

These are the tentative competition dates and possible competitions. If any changes need to be made to the competition dates, an email will be sent out this fall with a new competition date. Competitions listed are mandatory for all competition members; HOWEVER, we may determine in early winter that not all dances will participate in each competition if they are not ready.


  1. Competition Team costs

  2. Tuition- the competition program follows the same tuition schedule as our recreational program.

  3. Competition entry fees- Competition fees vary per competition but generally for group dances range in the $55-65 area per student per dance. Solos/duos/trios are usually more- Duos/Trios generally $75-85, and solos $140-$160 (these are based off of last season).

  4. Costumes/tights/shoes- We try our best to save you money on costumes by looking for onsale costumes and in some cases “less glamorous” costumes (as this is the style for more contemporary dances anyways). Therefore, you may not be charged the standard recreational costume fee for each class. Tights and shoes (tap, ballet and jazz) are not included in the tuition or costume prices and must be purchased separately. Tap and jazz shoes usually range around the $30-60, and will be discussed separately in each class if they are required and where to get them. Any type of ballet shoes can be worn since we will not be competing in ballet and thus everyone does not need the same style.

  5. Makeup- we use the same makeup palettes as the recreational dance program, with a few extra elements (such as bronzer, highlighter, setting spray) but Sapphire, Amethyst, and Emerald comp teams also wear false eyelashes so that students have a more consistent look. Please keep in mind, we do not enjoy putting kids in so much makeup, but it is important for judges and the audience to be able to see the expressions on their face while they are dancing, and that’s what makeup does. Unfortunately students are not only judged on their dancing abilities but their appearance and costuming. We will hold a makeup and hair tutorial for new competition students sometime after the holidays, and new students are required to attend (date tbd)

  6. Other- We try to be as transparent as possible about the costs of joining the competition team. Additional/optional expenses may include dance team jackets ($65-75), costume racks, etc. There may be separate rehearsal fees for acrobat and tap competition dances if rehearsals are consistently taking place outside of the “level” classes. This will be discussed separately with families in those classes ahead of time. We usually also try to have a dress rehearsal before the first competition at Nashoba High School. Because we have to rent the space, each student would be charged around $4-5 per dance they are in at the practice.

  7. Competition/Costume Fee Payment Schedule:

  8. Competition Fees will be posted and due in the following manner this year:

  9. Tap/Acro Rehearsal Fees: Due 11/10/21

  10. Costume Fees: We will post these throughout December and January and send class emails as we post them. They will be due along with December or January tuition.

  11. 1st Competition Fees: Due 2/10/22

  12. 2nd Competition Fees: Due 3/10/22

  13. 3rd Competition Fees: Due 4/10/22

Please plan accordingly for payments! We will be doing another team fundraiser this fall to help ease the burden of entry fees. Students will not be able to participate in competitions if their costume fees or competition fees are outstanding.


  1. Please read all the information we send out and respect our personal time!

  2. There will be a lot of information sent out throughout the year. Please make sure you read everything that gets emailed, posted or handed out (I understand it’s a lot of info). We will update the competition team page on our website with important emails and info as they get sent out so you have a central hub of information. Everyone will be receiving personal cell phone numbers of instructors for the purposes of communication at competition. Texting should only be used for last minute confirmations, or at competitions and not to answer questions such as “what time does ballet start tonight.” Just like all of you, we try to separate work from personal time- any standard questions or concerns should be directed to us via email. Please utilize the NVM competition FB page to ask each other questions too!




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These policies are fluid and may change during the season. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and work with the local board of health and update you promptly of any changes. At this time, there are no specific recommendations for youth sports from the MA EEA or the Clinton Board of Health.



Covid-19 Policies (updated 2/25/2022):


A. Masks are now optional for all visitors to NVM.

B. Please continue to perform self-health checks at home before sending your students to class. We reserve the right to check any student’s temperature at any time and to send a student home if they are ill.

C. Hand sanitizer will still be readily available in multiple locations.

D. We will continue to run our Medify air purifiers.

E. The studio will still be disinfected on a regular basis, including any shared equipment.

F. If your student tests positive for Covid-19 or has to quarantine due to exposure, please let us know before returning to the studio.

G. If your student tests positive for Covid-19 and was previously at the studio during their contagious period, please let us know immediately so we can inform close contacts and the board of health.


Thank you all for your patience this season! We are thrilled we can ease up on the Covid-19 policies.



Covid-19 Policies (updated 1/2/2022):


*Effective through 1/15/22 at a minimum*

A. Masks are required for everyone while at NVM ages 5+ (regardless of vaccination status). This includes both students and spectators. We encourage students ages 2-4 to wear masks ONLY if they can safely and effectively wear one over the nose all class. If you or your student has a medical situation and cannot wear a mask, please indicate this in an email to us.

B. Please please please perform temperature and self-health checks at home before sending your students to class.

C. We will also perform temperature checks for classes ages 7 and under. Any student who has a temperature of 100.4 or greater will be asked to sit for a few minutes and will have their temperature checked again. If it is still high, they will need to go home for the evening. We reserve the right to check any student’s temperature at any time.

D. We will implement 6' distancing in classes as much as possible. This is more difficult in some of our younger classes, but we will do our best to keep them distanced when possible.

E. We will have students hand sanitize before and after class (and during when necessary).

F. Only one spectator per student is allowed at NVM at this time. If you have to have a sibling with you for logistical reasons, you and the sibling need to be in studio A waiting area.

G. We encourage all parents of studio b classes to wait in the studio A waiting area if it is crowded outside of studio B. Assistant teachers can bring younger students down to find you if they need the restroom.

H. If your student tests positive for Covid-19 or has to quarantine due to exposure, please let us know before returning to the studio.

G. If your student tests positive for Covid-19 and was previously at the studio during their contagious period, please let us know immediately so we can inform close contacts and the board of health.

**If after 1/15/22 the positivity rates have not dropped back below 5% for Clinton, Bolton, and Lancaster, we will continue to require masks and some (or all) of these other protocols until they do.


Other:

  • We will continue to run our Medify air purifiers in both studio spaces and the waiting area.

  • Hand sanitizer dispensers (with 60%+ alcohol content) will be available in multiple locations throughout the studio.

  • Dancers will be encouraged to wash hands/sanitize frequently, and also reminded not to touch their faces.

  • High touch surfaces will continue to be disinfected on a regular basis. Studio floors and shared equipment will be sanitized daily.

  • Please ensure your student has a bottle of water with them during class, especially if you would like them to stay masked.

  • We do not prorate or refund tuition because of missed classes due to illness. All students have 4 free make-up classes that they can use between September and the end of February, and we encourage everyone to use them ahead of time even if they don’t anticipate missing any classes. Students can take any other class within their age bracket for a make up class. Please email us a few days in advance of when you’d like to attend a makeup class so we can ensure there is room that week. For students that have to miss multiple classes specifically due to Covid-19 quarantining, please contact us if they would like to receive access to an online class via our studio partnership with CLI studios. This is only suggested for students 8 and up. At this time we are not suggesting that students in quarantine participate in NVM classes via zoom as it is too distracting for our instructors and other students, and they are not currently missing any recital choreography.





Previous Fall 2021 Guidelines

While in our waiting rooms- We are asking that all unvaccinated students ages 5+ plan to wear a mask while in our waiting areas before and after classes. ALL students have the option to remove the mask immediately before class begins and leave it with their belongings in the waiting area.


While Dancing- Per MA EEA Youth Sports Guidelines, students are not required to wear masks while participating in sports activities (this includes dance studios) both indoors and outdoors. Therefore, masks will be optional for our students while engaging in dance classes at the studio. Any student is welcome to continue utilizing a mask during class. We suggest that any family who feels uncomfortable with their student being around other unvaccinated, unmasked students but still wishes for their student to participate in classes at NVM to utilize a mask that provides more protection such as a KN95 or KF94. Our goal at NVM is to be as inclusive as possible, and we will make sure all students feel comfortable in class (masked or unmasked).


Please make sure to have a conversation with your student about your mask preference while dancing. You may also let the instructor know ahead of time if you wish for your student to keep their mask on.



Cleaning/Sanitizing:


  • Hand sanitizer dispensers (with 60%+ alcohol content) will be available in multiple locations throughout the studio.

  • Dancers will be encouraged to wash hands/sanitize frequently, and also reminded not to touch their faces.

  • High touch surfaces will continue to be disinfected on a regular basis. Studio floors and shared equipment will be sanitized daily.


Other:

  • We are asking that only one parent per student stay during classes starting this week, and if you absolutely need to have siblings with you, they NEED to wear masks if they are over age 5 and unvaccinated. They MUST also wait in the main lobby and not outside of studio b.

  • We will perform temperature checks for classes ages 7 and under, where students have a harder time letting us know if they are unwell and more difficulty social distancing. Any student who has a temperature of 100.4 or greater will be asked to sit for a few minutes and will have their temperature checked again. If it is still high, they will need to go home for the evening

  • We will continue to run our Medify air purifiers in both studio spaces and the waiting area.

  • Though we won’t be strictly 6’ distancing in boxes anymore, we will still plan to keep students as spread out as possible throughout classes. There will be times where they may be within 6’, for instance when lining up for across the floor progressions.

  • As always, most of our class sizes are limited to roughly 8-10 students in our smaller studio and 10-14 students in our larger studio.

  • We ask that parents return to escorting their students to and from class versus picking up/dropping off in the parking lot (unless the student is older/independent). We will not be responsible for students before or after class. As always, parents of students 6 and under should stay for the duration of class.

  • We ask that every family perform self health checks before coming to class, and NVM reserves the right to check a child’s temperature and have a child sit out or be picked up early if the student is exhibiting signs of illness.

  • We do not prorate or refund tuition because of missed classes due to illness. All students have 4 free make-up classes that they can use between September and February, and we encourage everyone to use them ahead of time even if they don’t anticipate missing any classes. Students can take any other class within their age bracket for a make up class. Please email us a few days in advance of when you’d like to attend a makeup class so we can ensure there is room that week. For students that have to miss multiple classes specifically due to Covid-19 quarantining, they will either be able to participate in class via zoom or will receive access to an online class via our studio partnership with CLI studios.

  • Please ensure your student has a bottle of water with them during class, especially if you would like them to stay masked.



Comp Team Stage Makeup

FIRST please remember all nail polish should be removed unless it is a french manicure or nude/pale pink. Also all jewelry should be removed unless the student is wearing competition earrings.


  1. Wash your face and use a face moisturizer. This is optional, but it helps protect your skin and helps make the makeup last longer.


  1. Primer

This is also an optional step. Using a primer keeps your makeup looking fresh longer and prevents smudging. It also helps ensure an even application of makeup. I recommend a hydrating primer as opposed to a mattifying primer.

e.l.f. ($10)

ESSENCE ($4.99)


  1. Foundation

It works best to use a foundation that is a relative match for your skin tone. Cream foundations often last longer than powder and may be easier to make it look even.You can use a sponge or foundation brush for application of foundation. If you use a sponge, dab it into the cream and use the same technique to apply it to your face, making sure it is evenly spread across the face and neck.Take extra care at the hairline to blend it in evenly. The same goes for blending foundation from the jawline to the neck. Choose a color that matches your skin tone. If you’re in between two shades, it’s better to go darker for stage makeup!


Recommended Brands:

Clinique, Neutrogena, Maybelline, Covergirl, L’Oreal



  1. Contour/Highlight

Contouring and highlighting is an optional step. This helps prevent looking washed out on stage. You can add contour by using a cream or powder that is a few shades darker than your skin tone. You can highlight by using a cream or powder that is a shade that is lighter than your skin tone. Please see the diagram showing where you should highlight and contour. I would recommend watching a YouTube video on highlighting and contouring.


Here are some contour palettes I recommend:

Wet n Wild Contour Stick ($6.49)

Makeup Revolution Contour Palette ($10)

Wet n Wild Contour Palette ($6.49)




  1. Blush

Add blush to your cheekbones. The shade we’ve used in the past is “plumberry glow” #140 from Covergirl Cheekers. You can keep using this if you have it, but this shade has been discontinued so we’re changing it to “peach gilt” #109” Covergirl cheekers.

You can purchase this shade here.



  1. Eye shadow

In the past we have used Covergirl Eye Enhancers #282 “daring nudes” but this shade has been discontinued. Keep this if you have it or please get something similar with a light shade, almost white, a neutral/light brown, a dark brown, and a deep brown that’s almost black.

Start by applying the lightest shade as a base color to your eyelid. Use a darker shade towards the middle of the eye starting in the crease and use the darkest shade on the outside of your eyelid.


Here are some eyeshadow palettes that will work:

Maybelline Palette ($8)

MORPHE Palette ($12)

ColourPop Palette ($14)




  1. Eyeliner

I suggest using a liquid eyeliner as it is less likely to smudge than pencil, however you can use whichever you prefer as long as it is black. All students (including Diamond) apply a thin line over the top of your eyelid with a small wing on the side. Instructors and older students can also help with this step if you are struggling! Sapphire girls and older should also apply a line to the lower lid (without a wing) either with liquid or pencil.

Liquid Eyeliner ($8.99)

Eyeliner Pencil ($8.49)



  1. Mascara

All students should apply mascara to the upper and lower lashes even if using fake eyelashes. Any black mascara will work for this!

  1. Eyebrows

This is an optional step but recommended for students with lighter eyebrows. Use a shade of brown similar to the natural color of your eyebrows and define them by adding color and shape. You can buy an eyebrow pencil or you can use powder and a brush.

Ulta Eyebrow Pencil ($10)

Ulta Brow Powder ($10)


  1. Lipstick

We are adding a NEW shade of lipstick this year for our group contemporary, hip hop, and tap dances. The shade is “Plum Paradise” #425 Maybelline. All Other classes will continue to use the cover girl “succulent cherry” #295 red. Solos/duos/trios please consult with instructor on which one to use.

Plum Paradise- Amazon #425

Succulent Cherry- Amazon #295


  1. Setting powder/spray

Powder your entire face thoroughly. It will 'set' your makeup and provide a more naturalistic finish. Reapply powder as needed throughout the day to keep your makeup looking fresh. You can also use a setting spray.

Ulta Setting Powder ($9)

NYX Setting Spray ($4)



  1. False Eyelashes (Sapphire level and up)

Some people apply these last and some people prefer to apply them before eyeshadow. Either way works. If you apply them last, make sure your eyeliner is thick enough and visible, even with the lashes on.


You can use any false eyelashes that work good for you, but I recommend the brand Ardell. Natural looking ones work best. It’s important to use glue even if the lashes already have an adhesive. The glue is much more effective to keep them in place and last all day. I recommend the brand DUO for eyelash glue. You can trim the ends of the lashes if they are too long for your eye. Once you apply the glue, let it dry for about 30 seconds before applying the lashes. There are plenty of older dancers and dance moms who are pros at applying lashes if you need help with this! Diamond girls do not need these this year.

Ardell Natural Lashes 5 Pack ($12.99)

Eyelash Glue ($6.49)





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