North Country Ballet Ensemble
Rules and Regulations

2016 NUTCRACKER RULES & REGULATIONS

Absences can have a detrimental affect on your ability to perform in your selected role(s) and will be reviewed by the Artistic Director. The Artistic Director reserves the right recast as dancer’s role(s) due to excessive absences.

  1. ATTENDANCE of rehearsals is of utmost importance. 100% attendance and 100% effort is expected for all rehearsals; however, NCBE does not want ill dancers to rehearse. Injured dancers are expected to attend all rehearsals and watch. Please follow NCBE’s absence policy for 2016 enclosed in the audition packet.

  2. PUNCTUALITY at rehearsals and performances is critical for a dance company. You are expected to be ready at least 15 minutes before your scheduled rehearsal time. A dancer who is consistently tardy can have a detrimental affect on the running of a rehearsal and will be reviewed by the Artistic Director.

  3. READINESS for rehearsals is extremely important. You need to come ready to do your best: girls – hair pulled neatly back into a bun, wearing tights, leotard and ballet slippers; boys – properly dressed in loose pants or tights, shirt, and ballet slippers.

    At NO TIME will you be allowed to rehearse or perform if the rehearsal mistress suspects you may be under the influence of illegal drugs or alcohol. Violation of this rule could result in dismissal from the NCBE sponsored activity.

  4. RESPECT for others is our code of conduct when you participate in NCBE activities.

    NCBE believes all individuals desire and deserve to be treated in a respectful manner. Profanity will not be tolerated, nor will arguing with rehearsal mistresses. The rehearsal mistress reserves the right to ask a dancer to leave a rehearsal if she feels they are being disruptive or negatively impacting others.

    We expect that dancers will display mutual support and teamwork for each other. NCBE takes bullying very seriously. We expect dancers will not talk disparagingly about their dance peers or NCBE adults, either in conversation or online. Reports of bullying or physical threats by an NCBE dancer should be reported to the Artistic Director immediately. Serious cases will be brought to the Board’s attention.

    We are also committed to respecting dancers and their families. If you feel you have been unjustly treated, you and/or your parents may request a meeting with the NCBE Board President and/or Artistic Director.

  5. POSITIVE thinking lets you do everything better than negative thinking. Excellence will be achieved as a result of always trying to do better. We must work together to achieve excellence. We will inspire each other through clapping and cheering. An NCBE dancer is a role model for others.

  6. PARENTS are expected to make every effort to ensure their dancer arrives on-time for all rehearsals and to comply with NCBE absence procedures. Parents are also expected to participate in fund-raising activities and to volunteer for various assignments, both during the rehearsal season and at the theater. At the theater parents will need to supervise a dressing room for one or two performances, usher, or work at the tables in the lobby before and after the show, and during intermission. Expect a commitment to the production for the Thanksgiving weekend and the following weekend.

  7. THEATER WEEK is a big commitment for both the dancer and her/his family. Dancers will be required to attend rehearsals at Hartman Theatre, on the campus of SUNY Plattsburgh, starting Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday afternoon/evening, November 21-24, all day Wednesday, November 23, and all day for the performances Friday-Sunday, November 25-27.

    We anticipate the theater schedule at LPCA for the Lake Placid performances will include some evening rehearsal Friday, December 2, as well as all day Saturday December 3 and Sunday December 4. More exact times will be posted later.

  8. THEATER ETIQUETTE We are guests on the SUNY Plattsburgh campus and must respect the building and all of the staff associated with it who are helping us present a quality performance.

    a) QUIET must be observed while in the hallways, theater, and backstage

    b) NO FOOD or DRINK is allowed in the theater at any time. We have a no nut policy due to severe allergies

    c) NO FOOD or DRINK (other than water) is allowed in the dressing rooms at any time.

    d) No one is allowed in the backstage wings without permission.

    e) You must remain in your assigned dressing rooms until requested. NO ONE is allowed IN ANY OF THE PUBLIC AREAS of Hartman Theater WHEN IN COSTUME, unless you are being escorted to your stage entrance.

    f) If you are late for your company warm-up, please take the warm-up for the next group. Do not walk in late!