JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the Junior Membership Program? It is a program designed specifically for young dancers between the ages of 12 and 18.  It is meant for those who are interested in exploring what it means to be a dance teacher and member of DMA.  Skills discussed and taught in the Junior Membership program help develop young dancers to become better dance assistants, and ultimately, dance instructors. 

 

How big is the commitment? The program itself is not very time consuming.  The meetings, rehearsals, and volunteering opportunities are decided upon by the junior members.  One season of junior membership typically includes ameeting at the annual DMC convention, one sleepover/rehearsal/meeting during the Christmas break, a final meeting/rehearsal before the DMC PAC and Solo Title Competition, volunteering at the booth during said competition, and performing a routine at the Solo Title Competition.  Typically, there are only two meetings that do not coincide with predetermined DMC events. 

 

Where are the meetings held? The junior members try to hold meetings that are in a location that is conveniently accessible to most studios. If this is not possible, we try to balance the meetings geographically, as all meetings DO NOT need to be held in the same location.

 

What are the incentives? Other than learning from and creating new relationships with like-minded dancers, past incentives have included watching a professional show, having a special class at the annual convention, accumulating high-school volunteer hours with a non-profit organization, and decorating special awards at our annual competition.  Syllabus study sessions, extra workshop classes, and hiring a guest choreographer for their annual routine are other goals the Junior Members have been working towards. 

 

What are the costs?  $65 for new members; $45 for returning members.  On years that new JM-wear is designed and ordered, an extra cost may be incurred.

 

The Junior Membership Program with DMC Chapter #38 is always changing to the wants and needs of the junior members.  We really try to tailor the opportunities and commitment requirements to the dancers involved so that they can get the most out of the program.  The program is always guided and supervised by a DMA-member, but many of the decisions made for the program are decided upon by the young dancers themselves. 

APPLY NOW:

NEW JR. MEMBER APPLICATION FORM

RETURNING MEMBER APPLICATION FORM

MEET THE JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP DIRECTOR

For more information, please contact:
Nina Strazzulla

(905) 929-7819

ninastrazz@hotmail.com

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PREVIOUSLY FROM DMC JR. MEMBERS

(2019-2020 DANCE SEASON)

Former 2018-2019 Jr. Members will attend a Professional Show within the Fall of 2019 (new Jr. Members are welcome to attend, pending application)

 

First Meeting will be held in combination with a Jr. Member Sleepover - to take place at the Muskoka Dance Academy during the DMC Fall Convention.

  • SLEEPOVER AND MEETING WILL BE HELD IN THE EVENING OF OCTOBER 5th, 2019

    • Activities include, but are not limited to:

      • Swearing in of new Jr. Members

      • Recitation of the Jr. Members Oath and Code of Ethics

      • Discussion on how to be good role models and teachers in training

      • A syllabus study session

      • Brainstorming of fundraising ideas and what future goals of the Jr. Members may be

      • Poster creation

      • Exclusive Jr. Member class taught by Amy Wright

      • Dinner at a local restaurant

      • Icebreaking games and team building

      • Learning choreography fo the Jr. Members performance

      • Preparing the warm-up for the mini classes during the DMC convention

  • RESPONSIBILITIES AND ACTIVITIES DURING THE DMC FALL CONVENTION AT DEERHURST RESORT ON OCTOBER 6TH, 2019

    • Leading the warm-up for the mini division at the convention

    • Introducing the guest teachers at the beginning of each master class

    • Possibly a fundraising booth

Second Meeting, rehearsal and master class - TBD - most likely held during the winter break.

Third event for Jr. Members: Performing Arts Competition and Solo Title Competition 2020 (Feb. 28th-Mar. 1st)

  • RESPONSIBILITIES DURING DMC SOLO TITLE COMPETITION:

    • Selling tickets

    • Selling programs

    • Collecting tickets

    • Writing for judges

    • Helping out during awards

    • Being a "runner"

    • Fundraising booth responsibilities

    • Performing in the opening number (after intermission)

  • RESPONSIBILITIES DURING PERFORMING ARTS COMPETITION:

    • Running fundraising booth by selling coffee, candy, popcorn, raffle tickets, etc.

    • Decorating "Special Awards"

    • Handing out special awards and placements during Adjudications

    • Selling PAC programs

    • Helping in the set-up and take down of the PAC

    • Possibility of having another exclusive master class and syllabus study (dependent on competition schedule)

Fourth event for DMC Jr. Members - TBD - possibilities include something at DMA Nationals 2020 and/or an outing, meeting, and/or class during Summer 2020.

 

TO BE INCLUDED IN EMAIL THREADS AND BE PART OF THE JUNIOR MEMBERS SLEEPOVER, PLEASE SEND NEW JR. MEMBER APPLICATION FORMS AND A $65 CHEQUE MADE PAYABLE TO DMC JR. MEMBERS, CHAPTER #38 TO:

Nina Strazzulla - Jr. Membership Director

130 Escarpment Drive

Stoney Creek, ON

L8E 0G5

 

RETURNING MEMBERS CAN RENEW THEIR MEMBERSHIP AT THE FIRST MEETING

For more information:

Email dancemastersofcanada@gmail.com

DMC, Chapter #38

210 Laurier Dr.

LaSalle, ON N9J 1L6

Copyright Dance Masters of Canada 2019

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