NHDI Special Teams
The Special Teams are an opportunity for interested children to grow and expand their dance and performance experiences with NHDI. The Special Teams meet on Saturday mornings, and have an opportunity to perform in the NHDI Event of the Year.
Each year, students are chosen by NHDI Artistic Director Kristen Leach as special representatives of their Year-Long Program schools on the SWAT (“spirited, willing and talented”) Team. SWAT is an important commitment as dancers rehearse for three hours every Saturday morning from January through May. The students get to broaden their experience on the one-day SWAT-a-thon event, during which they participate in workshops taught by local dance and theatre professionals. The SWAT Team performs additional dances in the Event of the Year, and on occasion, may be invited to be ambassadors of NHDI at other local area performances. SWAT dancers wear their iconic red high-top Converse Chuck Taylor sneakers for all performances!
The Minions Team is comprised of NHDI’s youngest dancers, and are invited from students who have participated either in the NHDI Residency Program at their school or in an NHDI summer program. Minions meet on Saturday mornings for one hour from March through May, and gain their first performance experience in the Event of the Year as they participate in Act I only. This gives them a chance to become comfortable with performing on the large stage at Redfern Arts Center at Keene State College, and to learn proper theatre protocol. The Minions Team members are typically in grades two through four. If you know a child who would like to be considered for the Minions Team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Celebration Team is made up of experienced dancers who have participated previously in the NHDI Year-Long Program, NHDI Residency Program, or in an NHDI summer program. Dancers are typically in grades five through eight, and currently attend schools that are not part of the NHDI Year -Long Program. “Cel” meets for 90 minutes on Saturday mornings from March through May, and performs in the Event of the Year. If you know a child who would like to be considered for the Celebration Team, please email us at email@example.com.
The eXcel Team includes older, experienced, advanced NHDI students who have continued to develop their dance skills over several years. Dancers are typically in high school, and therefore not part of any other NHDI in-school program. Many eXceL dancers have joined us as Counselors or Counselors-in-Training (CITs) at our Summer Intensive camp. eXceL meets for 90 minutes on Saturday mornings from March through May, and performs in the Event of the Year. If you know a student who would like to be considered for the eXceL Team, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.