Inspiración Dance Chicago is happy to announce auditions for its 2016 apprentice class. The auditions will occur on Sunday, March 6th, from 2:30-4pm at Chicago Dance (415 West Huron). There is no audition fee.
Inspiración is a diverse Latin dance company that offers many benefits to its members including:
- No membership fees
- Stipends for travel to salsa congresses
- Costumes provided by the company
- Training and choreograpy with world class performers
- Opportunities to work with youth
Applicants with Latin dance experience are preferred. The audition will consist of four segments:
- Physical conditioning
- Salsa combination
- Salsa footwork
- Hip-hop or Jazz movement
Individuals selected to be a part of the 2016 cohort will be expected to attend a Salsa-2-Mambo class taught on Tuesday nights at 9pm and a Performance Training class taught on Thursday nights at 9pm at Chicago Dance, beginning on March 8th and March 10th. Depending on their needs, apprentices may be required to execute additional training on their own time. In these classes, apprentices will learn Salsa and Mambo at a performance level, learn the basics of executing lifts in choreography, develop their individual performance flair, and learn two pieces of Inspiración choreography. Upon successfully completing this training for six months and performing an entire choreography, Apprentices will transition to Associate status and be incorporated into the regular team rehearsals on Monday and Wednesday nights at 7pm.
If you have a dance background and would like to skip the apprenticeship, high level applicants who already have experience on a salsa/mambo team and who have experience with lifts may be fast-tracked directly to associate status and join regular rehearsal upon learning the current routine.
Since our founding in 2013 Inspiración has performed in LA, San Francisco, and Orlando, worked with great youth teams at Senn High School and Loyola University, supported several major charity fundraisers, collaborated with local jazz and contemporary companies, and even choreographed and performed in a major theater show. This year we have plans to hold our annual gala even bigger than before and to perform in the Las Vegas salsa congress. More great things are to come and we'd love to have you join us!