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Professional Standards for Dance

Section 3 - Working Conditions

3.1 Working Conditions 

1. A sprung, wooden floor and/or marley are considered appropriate for dance. The necessary traction and safety in relation to the nature of the work being rehearsed and/or performed will be discussed with the Dance Artist and suitable adjustments in choreographic requirements and/or the use of protective apparatus and apparel will be made to facilitate working on other than a sprung, wooden floor and/or marley.

2. The rehearsal and performance areas will include proper flooring, good ventilation, adequate lighting, sanitary toilet facilities, hot and cold running water, adequate heat, accessible first aid equipment (including ice packs and tensor bandages) and a regularly maintained, clean, working environment.

3. The venue area temperature will be at or between a minimum of 18°C and a maximum of 32°C at all times.

Air temperature: area air temperature will be within this above-stated range. Exceptions may be made for outdoor performances, however the Dance Artist has the right to refuse to work without penalty if the area air temperature is not within the above-stated range.

Dance surface temperature: the dance surface temperature will be at or between a minimum of 6°C and a maximum of 36°C. The Producer/Presenter is responsible for providing a contact temperature with which to measure the dance surface temperature.

4. The Dance Artist has the right to request any additional protective equipment or measures they may deem necessary for their personal health and safety, including the rescheduling and or reprogramming of rehearsals and/or performances.

5. If the venue standards and conditions as outlined in the Agreement are not met and if the possibility exists of damage to their physical health and well-being, the Dance Artist has the right to refuse to work and will still receive payment in full.

6. CADA/East incorporates the Safety Guidelines for the Live Performance Industry in Ontario into the Agreement. In addition, the Producer/Presenter agrees to provide the Dance Artist with a safe and sanitary working environment. The Producer/Presenter further agrees that the venue is subject to the health and safety standards established by the region is which it is located. 

3.2 Site-Specific Performance Space and Outdoor Performances

1. If the Engager decides to utilize a venue / space that is based outdoors, all aforementioned points remain in effect.

2. In the event that the performance space is also a shared public area, the Presenter will ensure adequate security measures are in place to prevent any unwanted public interference during scheduled rehearsals and performances.

3. If heavy rain, hail, snow, or similar weather occurs during rehearsals or performances, the Dance Artist reserves the right to discontinue and seek adequate shelter. 

4. In the event that the aforementioned weather events cease after a short time, the Dance Artist and the Producer/Presenter will discuss whether the performance can continue safely within the same day. As aforementioned, the Dance Artist reserves the right to refuse if the performance space cannot be maintained to the required safety standards.

5. If heavy rain, hail, snow, or similar weather prevents a performance from proceeding, the Producer/Presenter will not impose financial penalties on the Dance Artist, unless otherwise specified in the contract agreement.

3.3. Hours of Work

1. A rehearsal day will not exceed 8 consecutive hours including breaks, warm-up time and costume fittings.

2. A 15-minute break will be scheduled for every 2 hours of rehearsal. If a rehearsal day exceeds 4 hours, a meal break of no less than 1 hour will be scheduled. The Engager will not be responsible for paying for the meal break unless negotiated and specified in the Agreement.

3. A rehearsal week will consist of not more than 6 consecutive working days and a free day.

4. A week of performances will consist of not more than 7 full-length performances per week and a free day.

5. Notice of rehearsal call time will be made at least 24 hours in advance for a daily ongoing engagement. For an engagement where scheduled rehearsals are sporadic, notice will be given at least 1 week prior to the rehearsal call.

6. In a run of performances, every alternate performance day a rehearsal of a maximum duration of 4 hours may be called. Rehearsals will not be scheduled on days when there is more than 1 performance.

7. Changes in rehearsal schedules that cause the Dance Artist to lose income from work outside the engagement may be considered just cause for the Dance Artist to miss a rehearsal.

8. The Dance Artist will be informed of the performance schedule and/or touring schedule at least by the time the engagement commences.

9. In the event of a change in the performance schedule, the Dance Artist will be notified at least 24 hours in advance, and whenever possible, 48 hours’ notice will be given.

10. A performance day includes a mandatory half-hour call prior to curtain.

11. Warm-up calls for performance will be determined in agreement between the Producer/Presenter, the Choreographer and the Dancer according to the needs of the performance.

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