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Membership Requirements (Semi-Pro)

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Sometimes, many get overly excited at the prospect of training and performing that several factors are overlooked or not taken seriously. Potential members must take the following into consideration as no refunds are given should you discontinue for any reason. Please note that despite having back-ups or understudies, it is a huge inconvenience for the trainers and choreographers to have to adjust the routine, or potentially train additional individuals just so your partner remains unaffected due to your absence.

This is to ensure that there are enough performers who can perform locally and travel outside of Ontario, or even outside Canada, depending on what is offered to the company. These also lessens the costs of traveling since most can share transportation and hotel expenses, and also increases the profile of the company when we are represented by a lot of dancers.

All Group 3 Members are required to:

…Be available and have flexible schedule (7-11 pm) for scheduled training and rehearsals, in case we need to adjust our schedule for any reason. Regular rehearsal and training days have remained consistent (Thu and Fri night) for many years, and we will go to great lengths not to disrupt any training regiments for consistency and to avoid any scheduling conflicts with other social obligations you may have. However, in the event that conflict does arise with another activity, you must be able to accommodate the teams new schedule arrangement. Training and rehearsals for Group 3 are currently scheduled on Tuesdays from 9:30 pm – 11:00 pm. The plan is to have the team train intensively from July until December 2012, then start performing after the New Year while continually refining the routine until July 2013, with the final performance taking place at the Toronto Salsa Congress.

…Be fully committed to the UnitedSalseros Performance Team exclusively mainly to avoid any other scheduling conflicts as much as possible. This means no other
performance dance teams, regardless of the nature of the dance, unless you have made a mutually beneficial arrangement with us. The same applies for anyone who
wishes to compete in Salsa competitions or another form of dance, unless you have the director’s consent to ensure that you are not falling behind choreography and could use an extra challenge. If you are currently involved with another team, we may allow a grace period to complete your commitments. There is a good reason for this, which we will explain in great detail during the audition, as this normally becomes a commitment issue and a scheduling nightmare.

Be available for extra rehearsals, especially before the last month (or last two months) before your first major performance. Normally, an extra day is added for
rehearsals, and another one a week or so before the actual first performance. This means you need to be able to attend the dress rehearsal that we hold at our own time
and the tech rehearsal that is given to us the performance venue organizers

Be available to travel to perform and book off work (several months advance notice is given) for whatever is required for you as a Full or Part-Time Member. We normally
travel to following venues: Ontario (Niagara Falls); Quebec (Quebec City, Gatineau and Montreal), and one or two venues in the United States (advance notice given).

Be able to afford and meet the costs associated with performing and training with UnitedSalseros (supplementary training, traveling, performance costumes & congress
passes – see “Performance Costs.”)

Be able to respect and follow UnitedSalseros’ training philosophy, work ethic, communication protocols and general policies for effective team building and
management such as:

…Respect for authority and understanding one’s role as a performer, as well as demonstrate tact, diplomacy and proper attitude in handling stressful situations or any
challenges within the group.

…Performers must follow the artistic direction of the choreography (and placement in the choreography), including costume, makeup and forego personal preferences without question.

…Be able to assist in administrative tasks for fund raising events when requested (to lessen the team’s expenses)

…Last but not the least, you must be available to social dance with the group at least once a week, be very social on the dance floor and have a no turn down policy with any level of Salsa dancer unless it is absolutely necessary.

Members will be given an attendance, communication, and make-up class protocol to read and to sign in order to avoid any potential misunderstandings in future. This will assist us in managing the teams better, creating a positive learning atmosphere, and ensuring that those who show commitment are minimally affected by those who do not follow protocol and thus slow down the progression of the choreography.

Routines will not be choreographed to the exact number of members for logistical reasons). In the event a number of performers are available to perform and
only a few couples can perform, a fair rotation system (provided they are ready and factoring in how the team balances out) will put in place so everyone ready will have a chance to perform. Moreover, in the event that the company is required to present the strongest routine possible, it is the discretion of the company to choose the most skilled person who is available in the routine, especially if there financial compensation involved. All dancers are expected to be self-directed and will be held accountable if they do not practice skills that are taught to them clearly and that they have demonstrated to be able to execute decently during rehearsals. In order for the team to move forward, everyone must be on the same page, otherwise the technical and artistic standards of the routine will be compromised. This year, the team is planning either a two-type dance number (not certain), about 4 minutes long (what is usually the maximum required for performances).

One of the mail goals of the company is to train and establish a core group of skilled, socially-adept, and flexible individuals (schedule-wise) in order to be able
to evolve and perform more complex choreography. Hence, Group 3 sets the stage for semi-pro and pro group membership, along with the right work ethic. It is not for
those who think short-term membership and just so one can perform on stage after a few months of training and then think they become “superstars.” Before auditioning,
please make sure you check out our “Skill Evaluation” section to see if this group will be suitable for you. If you receive a direct invitation from the company, this means that the audition is suitable for your level and will be the right amount of challenge for you.