WHAT DO YOU TYPICALLY PAY YOUR DANCERS?

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DJSTEVEZ

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I was wondering what people typically pay their dancers. Since there are variables please try to include the following

EVENT TYPE: Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Wedding, Sweet 16, other.
DURATION: 4 Hour Affair, 5 Hour Affair (4 hour reception plus 1 hour cktail)
CITY/STATE: Where is your home base?
HOW MUCH BEFORE SHOW START DO YOU REQUIRE THEY SHOW UP?: 10 mins, 1/2 hour, 1 hr?
SET UP/TEAR DOWN: Do you require your dancers to participate in either of these?
TRANSPORTATION: Do you pick up your dancers from their home/job AND do you charge them for this?
OVER TIME: What do you pay them for 1 hour of overtime?
LATE POLICY: What do you do with a dancer who is habitually late to their show up time?
PROFESSIONAL: Regardless of how you bill your Dancers to clients, are they dancers for whom dancing is pretty much their sole occupation?
 

sonic10

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EVENT TYPE: Bar Mitzvah
DURATION: 5 Hour Affair includes cocktail and dinner hour
CITY/STATE: Chicago Illinois
HOW MUCH BEFORE SHOW START DO YOU REQUIRE THEY SHOW UP?:1/2 hour
I had my girls help me break down my set up

TRANSPORTATION: Either pick up or if they can get there
OVER TIME: We would split the overtime
LATE POLICY: have not looked into that.



I recently did a bar mitzvah where the parents wanted dancers. it was the first time I used dancers so I was pretty cluesless what to pay them as well.

so we decided to pay the 100 bucks for the entire time.

i dont know. Was that fair?
 

unlimitedsounds

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well..

Depending on the event, I book my Dancers as an addon. I did a mitzvah about a month ago and paid my dance $125.. booked a christening I had one of my DJs do with my dancer and, this time I paid the dancer a little less because the client had a budget and wanted the dancer...
 

Warren Scott

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EVENT TYPE: Bar/Bat Mitzvah
DURATION: depends, usually 4 hours
CITY/STATE: Ohio
HOW MUCH BEFORE SHOW START DO YOU REQUIRE THEY SHOW UP?: 1 hr
SET UP/TEAR DOWN: No
TRANSPORTATION: No
OVER TIME: never had overtime
LATE POLICY: find a new one if their late often
PROFESSIONAL: some are professional, some just do this part time

I pay $35 hour per dancer and always share any tips
 

Ken Heath

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:twisted: Mr. Auger and I finally see eye-to-eye on something!!! :twisted:

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DJ Ron Auger

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Ken Heath-Moderator said:
:twisted: Mr. Auger and I finally see eye-to-eye on something!!! :twisted:

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Even if I stand on my tippy toes we can't see eye to eye. :lol: But at least we agree on the ladies. :wink:
 

EEDJParty

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I'd say about 75% of the shows we do are Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and of those, 100% come with at least 1 or 2 dancers.

My dancers currently make $50/hour and are required to arrive about 45 minutes before start time.

A few of my male dancers offer to stay after and help break down but know they don't get paid extra for it.

Dancers keep their tips exclusively.

We reimburse for parking at some venues that charge for it.

I think that's about it!
 

Steve Lynch

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I normally pay my dancers $1, unless we're in the VIP room, in which case, $10 is usually in order...

most nights though, I sit back and catch the second hand skin, as my friends are usually all to eager to fork out their weekly pay...

I'm usually too busy analyzing the girls, trying to figure out their story, and what brought them to this career...

... what a strange question for Prodj.com....

:)
 

maestro

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I'm just curious as I don't use dancers but those of you that insist your dancers show up 1/2 hour or more before the gig, do you start paying them when they arrive? Example, they are scheduled to dance from 8 until 11 but you want them to show up at 7:15; do you pay them for 3 or 3 3/4 hours?
 

Warren Scott

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Maestro,

I only pay for performance time. I require they show up an hour early to practice some dances, go over schedule, prepare props, get used to the room, etc. I'd imagine if we had some sort of 'practice' during the week, they wouldnt need a whole hour on the day of to get ready. So even though I don't pay them to show up early, its required.
 

Shelley

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I prefer the term Party Motivator when selling services to a Bar/Bat Mitzvah client. Less negative connotations and crude jokes. Sorry guys....

When I started out I got $100 per show and I had to be there an hour and a half before the event. Usually to prepare. Stretches, limbering techniques and to establish the flow of events with the rest of the team. Also we were required to unwrap and lay out props that were needed and we would have a quick meeting on ideas for when to hand specific props out. Our opinions were always asked and usually trusted.

This was 7 years ago...Now as a Party Motivator, Mc and Music Programmer I make much more. The two fellas who entered the company after me are also making much more and as a result have been with us for 6.5 and 6 years respectively.

We haven't needed to hire anyone else since. However we do bring in people from time to time when we need more bodies and usually they already know our routines because they are friends of our other dancers. This has only happened about 4 times in the past 7 years because Jerome, Justin and I are exteremely popular within the Jewish Community here.

Not to mention the fact that we are all four of us Ed, Jerome, Justin, and I virtually interchangeable. We can all work a crowd with a mic (Which I will be expanding with the help of a Marbecca Workshop), we all know how to lead the dances, we all know the music, we know the customs, we all know the families from the outset. We are all fully capable of doing a show by ourselves if neccesary. This is designed so that if something happens to one of us the others can step in and save the show so that the client has nothing to worry about.

My recommendation fellas would be to pay your Party Motivators well. They are the ones who are out in the crowd representing you.

More $ = Happy Party Motivators = Loyalty

They really are worth a lot...look what happened for us.
 

DJ Ron Auger

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len said:
I typically pay them in singles. :evil:
Times are getting tough, shouldn't you pay them what they are worth? I think paying them in singles would make them, oh lets see, bottom feeders. :shock: I heard they have an organized movement and are all demanding the same pay, if motivated enough I guess . :lol:
 
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