Since November 1999 Sonia, the director of the San Tropez Dance School trains and directs groups of students to perform at school events and who may eventually audition to perform with the professional troupe. In regular rehearsals the members of this amateur troupe learn an all-Salsa repertoire and train in the art of group performance.
The amateur troupe training program starts every six months and its auditions are open to everyone. It takes time and effort, but working as a team all the members of the new troupe have the opportunity to become great performers. To all of them we wish good luck, and… see you on stage!
Q. I am eligible to audition?
A. If you have reached the advanced level, are comfortable improvising when you dance salsa socially and have some experience either in demonstrations, exhibitions or any type of performance you are welcome to audition. Any technical training is also an asset.
Q. What happens at the audition?
A. You will be shown a free-style salsa choreography. You will dance this routine in front of the selection committee singly or in small groups. You will also be required to dance a partnership salsa with the partner (or partners) that will be assigned to you by the selection committee.
Q. Who, and why are Amateur Troupe members chosen?
A. The dancers chosen will be those that in the view of the committee, will best perform as a team. While dance proficiency is important, the ability to work within a team is even more so. The overall attitude of the performer, as well as his/her presence, projection and confidence will be factors in the choices of the selection committee.
Q. Who teaches the Amateur Troupe?
A. The Amateur Troupe is directed by Sonia and taught by herself and Moris.
Q. When are the rehearsals? Are there any extra practices?
A. Apart from the Amateur Troupe’s weekly 2 hour rehearsals, a minimum of one extra practice is booked during the week at a time agreed upon by the dancers and subject to studio availability.
Q. Where does the Amateur Troupe perform?
A. The Amateur Troupe represents San Tropez at international events as well as local events like the San Tropez Anniversary Ball and the Christmas Ball as well as the Montreal Salsa Convention.
Q. Are there any other expenses involved?
A. Since the Amateur Troupe represents our school in world wide events. You must also be able to finance your own traveling expenses if necessary. Travel documents (passport / visas/ ID cards) as well as costumes and dance shoes are also your responsibility