DA WORKING CONDITIONS ON NON UNION JOBS & UNION HAZARD INFORMATION
Dancers Alliance has worked hard to establish the official Dancers Alliance rates and conditions. The document below provides all of these conditions and other very important information. Feel free to print it and use it as a guide for all of your professional needs.
Standard floors- must be resilient, flexible and level. Surfaces must be clean and free of solution. Concrete, sand, stone, rock, carpet, marley and visqueen are not appropriate surfaces.
Adequate space shall be provided to permit dancers to warm-up 30 minutes prior to dancing on a job, if not provided, such time shall be provided at the time of space availability.
Fittings scheduled outside of rehearsal day are paid at a rate of $50/hour. Fittings on rehearsal days apply as time worked.
In the event that a rehearsal is scheduled on a shoot day, with no prior rehearsal, the payment for that shoot day shall be 150% of contracted shoot day fee. Overtime rate applies.
If a meal is catered on set, dancers shall be provided with meals equal to principal performers and/or crew. Meal breaks to be given after each six (6) hours of work.
There will be a twelve (12) hour turnaround from the time performer is released from the set. Should the call occur in less than twelve (12) hours from the previous wrap time, performer shall receive double time for each hour worked prior to the twelve (12) hour period.
If performer requires make-up or wardrobe removal beyond that of daily streetwear, performer shall be given fifteen (15) minutes before release time. This time shall not affect performer's turnaround time.
On all jobs, proper dressing rooms (climate controlled, separate sexes) must be provided.
All talent releases must be approved by agency prior to first day of employment. Performer must have ample time to peruse release form and sign prior to shooting. If needed, production must be willing to email over such release form to performer's agent prior to signing.
Live Shows and Industrials
•First class hotel accommodations
•Ground transportation provided while out of town
•Round trip airfare ( if traveling by plane)
**Auditions, rehearsals and hazard pay for live shows must adhere to the rules listed under music video standard working conditions**
What Constitutes Hazard Pay
The following shall be deemed hazardous:
*In all instances, dancing on concrete shall be deemed hazardous
*Dancing on slippery surfaces, dancing in inclement weather, out-of-season clothing or in costuming which by virtue of its fit or nature may subject the dancer to physical injury or health hazard
*If choreography includes lifts, throws, catches, falls, etc., dancers shall not be required to perform "full out" (performance level) in rehearsal more than three times per hour or more than five times in each two hour period
*When a dancer is required to perform complex aerial acrobatics, wire flying, or knee work (dancing, sliding, or doing a routine on the knees) without pads; support more than one other person in any manner which affects safe performance of the dance routine; dance under conditions where safe performance of the routine is affected because sight or breathing is impaired (use of mask or presence of fog, smoke, or fire, etc)
*Aerial work, parkour, free running, tricking, head spins
*Jumping or leaping from a trampoline or similar devise
*Performing as an aerialist with harness
*Questionable surfaces such as visqueen, sand, rock, carpet, and marley
*Wearing gear not designed specifically for pedestrian or dance use (scuba fins, skis/ski boots, water footwear, etc)
*Using or being in the close proximity to special effects including, but not limited to weapons, fire or pyrotechnic devices
*When a dancer's support is dependent upon any mechanical devices, props or sets that are not secure
For non-union work, hazard rates are equal to 25% of the minimum daily rate (for example, on a 12-hour music video shoot, it is $137.50). For extra performers, there is no hazard pay.
***please remember what hazard pay is designed for***
hazard pay is one of, if not, the most abused protections in both union and non-union contracts. If a producer engages a performer in legitimate hazardous activity, they pay that minimal fee in order to require the performer to perform such activity. Hazard pay in no way excuses a performer from such work. If you feel that the work you are being asked to do is a threat to your physical well-being or to the future of your physical well-being, pursue this fee or remember that you always have the right to refuse to engage in such action if you feel irreversible damage to the reputation of dancers on sets. Please know what you are asking for when you ask for hazard pay. Losing a job or future work is probably not worth the fee. Be legitimate in your claim. Realize, if the producer pays for you to do it, they expect to see it over and over again.
Don't Forget Stunt Work
It is a good idea to know all aspects of a union contract, but one especially is the stunt work section. Some of the work that dancers pursue as hazard may, in fact, be stunt work. This work is principal and is usually above scale. Educate yourself on these guidelines. Visit the following link for more information:
UNION HAZARD INFORMATION
Music Video Contract
Extraordinary risk circumstances shall mean when a dancer is required to do any of the following:
complex aerial acrobatics, wire flying, elevated platforms or staircases, support more than one other person in any manner which affects safe performance of the dance routine, dance under conditions where safe performance of the dance routine is affected because sight or breathing is impaired (e.g., by use of a mask or presence of fog, smoke or fire), or perform continuous acrobatic movements that incorporate weight-bearing pressure on the hands and arms.
TV / Theatrical Contract
Wire flying shall in all instances be considered hazardous. In addition… the following work could meet the definition of hazardous activity:
(1) knee work, including rolling, spinning, falling, balancing, hinging, walking, turning and/or performing a choreographed routine on the knees;
(2) performing complex aerial acrobatics;
(3) dancing on slippery surfaces (other than ordinary dance floors);
(4) when the dancer is required to support more than one other person in any manner which affects safe performance of the dance routine;
(5) dancing under conditions where safe performance of the dance routine is affected because sight or breathing is impaired (e.g., by use of a mask or presence of fog, smoke or fire