Escape Crew Info
Teachers and DJs
Congratulations for your invitation to crew at our forthcoming event!
Ceroc Escape events are the biggest and most exciting dance weekenders on the planet. Whether you are a 'wet behind the ears' new-starter or seasoned old-timer, we guarantee you will love our events as much as we do.
We hope you share our enthusiasm for weekenders, and the high calibre that our Escape brand carries. Please ensure you read the following information in full prior to appearing at your designated events.
The entire Escape Committee closely monitor performance and member feedback to ensure that we continue to provide an exceptional service to our loyal customers. It is those who reflect our standards and hard work ethic that will be rewarded with future opportunities.
Please forward any queries regarding the following to Tim Sant-Turner at your earliest possible convenience to allow plenty of preparation time, and a smooth running weekend.
Important Bits For Everyone:
- When you receive your schedule, please check all columns thoroughly to ensure you do not miss any shifts.
- Escape events are challenging for the set up crew. In the interests of safety and time, we cannot have any crew on-site before 3pm on Friday unless you are part of the set-up crew or have specifically pre-arranged early entry with Tim Sant-Turner.
- You will not be able to collect your key or get into your apartment earlier than 5pm. This is the earliest time that crew accommodation will be cleaned, and the time is dictated to us by Pontins. Crew check in will not open until this time, so please avoid hassling the desk! (Teachers - please can you also communicate this to your demonstrators.)
- Due to space availability, crew may be expected to use the sofa beds in the lounge area in the living room (that is if you do not wish to share a bedroom with anyone). Your own bedroom could be guaranteed for a fee on request, but this depends entirely on the number of bookings for the event. (Teachers - please can you also communicate this to your demonstrators.)
- We cannot give out contact details for other crew members, however if you do need to contact another crew member, this can be done via the weather desk (during opening hours only).
- Don't forget your bed linen, your towels and plenty of change for the electric meter.
- Please sign your invoice at check-in, and your fee will be paid via BACS the week following the event
Please save the following numbers into your phone for emergency use at the event.
- Tim Sant-Turner: Head Of Dance - 07818 506291 (Enquiries re lessons, DJ sets, schedule, activity related queries)
- Gaynor Crocombe: Weather Desk Manager - 07929 968624 (Camber & Brean), 07506 660628 (Southport) (Notification of lateness, illness, requirements for cover)
- Myles Woodhouse: Duty Manager - 07770 578279 (First aid, health and safety, security, technical faults)
- Duty Managers can also be contacted via the Weather Desk during opening hours.
- Car parking is plentiful at Southport and Brean sites, so simply turn up and park where you like.
- At Camber, all teachers and DJs will need to email their registration number and car colour/make/model to email@example.com at least 7 days prior to the event.
- Please enter and exit the site via the Beach Gate (next to the NISA shop) to avoid congestion at the main gate. Your car details will be with security here.
- Please notify Tim Sant-Turner of any changes to your car details from previous events, as records will always be transferred from one event to the next.
- Teachers, please remember to communicate with your demonstrators that free parking is not provided for them at Camber, so they need to source their own parking from the website, or arrange a car share, before places sell out.
- At all of our weekenders, we encourage car sharing where possible to alleviate congestion and aid a greener event.
See below for further details pertaining to your specific role. please contact us at your earliest convenience if you have any queries.
Important bits for Teachers on stage:
- Please do not wear black clothes when teaching on stage. It affects visibility on the big screens. Please also communicate this with your Demonstrators.
- Arrive on the stage 15 mins before your teaching slot is about to commence, and be prepared to play music for 15 minutes after your lesson concludes to allow people to practice.
- Take your own music with you for the class and be prepared to DJ for yourself.
- Do not bring your own Head Mics.
- Keep drinks off the DJ tables, and place on the stage instead.
- No teachers are permitted to teach aerials (baby or major) of any form, nor are they permitted to teach any dip or drop where the follow is not in full control of their own balance and stability, unless they have written permission from Tim Sant-Turner. If there is any question regarding whether or not your move content is eligible, please email a video to firstname.lastname@example.org with plenty of time prior to the event.
- If you wish to teach private lessons please make sure you announce your availability during your lesson. Space is limited at most events, so it will most likely need to be hosted in a chalet.
Important bits for Teachers filming the DVD:
- Mas will be in touch via Facebook with your video slot. You will need to bring your music on memory stick and make sure you are over-prepared with your classes BEFORE turning up to the studio. Mas is running a very tight schedule and there is no time for lengthy rehearsals.
- Please look presentable! Tracksuit bottoms and un-ironed clothes make you look like you can't be arsed, and anything too baggy hides your movement
- Make sure music selected for the DVD is a minimum of 115bpm for your demonstrations, UNLESS teaching Blues, Tango, Specialist (non-Ceroc) classes. Teachers should aim for recognisable tracks.
- The Escape DVD's need to be professional so no goofing around. This has come directly from member feedback so keep it formal.
- Remember to brief your demonstrator on the etiquette – smart appearance, smiley, well rehearsed.
- Everybody must do a demonstration to music for the start of their clips. Even if you are doing a technique based class, please show a couple of moves, even if they don’t link together. The majority of people like watching the dance content and won’t listen to you talking.
- Always watch this demonstration back before deciding it’s okay – if it is anything short of slick and awesome, do it again!
- Format – Demo, Intro (including the name of the class, and yourselves), brief walk through.
- The full demo and teach of each individual class should take no longer than 5 minutes.
- The DVD will be on sale from Sunday 11am. Please announce this from the stage. You can collect your complimentary copy of the DVD from this time, and demos can purchase the DVD for a discounted £10.
Important bits for Teachers dancing Power Hour:
- Meet the DJ 5 minutes before your slot commences. Make sure the DJ knows you are there so they can tick you off.
- Power hour is a trade secret, and I do not wish for our members to know that teachers are out dancing at certain times because of company policy. Please avoid discussing this campaign with any member, even your friends, and encourage your demonstrator to do the same.
- Circulate around the whole room. The aim is for everyone to see a teacher presence, even if they don't manage to grab you for a dance. Aim to do a full circumference within the hour!
- Please don't dance exclusively with your friends; this is an opportunity for those who never get to dance with you. We obviously don't expect you to turn anyone down, but focus your attention on asking new faces, especially those who look too timid to ask you themselves.
- It is your responsibility to communicate this with your demonstrator and ensure that they participate with the campaign too.
- We thank you in advance for your co-operation with this campaign. We view freestyling with members as an essential part of the teachers' role, just as (if not more) important than the lessons themselves. In essence, we are asking you to freestyle for 2 hours across the entire weekend, therefore this should not affect your personal time or free choice across the event.
Important bits for All DJs:
- Arrive at the decks well in advance of your set to get a feel for the room and avoid repeating previously played tracks.
- You must play from laptop or tablet. Put a reserve playlist on your phone/an MP3 player in case of failures. CDs will no longer be used.
- Please do not adjust the volume of any speakers. Call a duty manager if you feel something is wrong with the volume/balance.
- Do not remove, swap or tamper with any cables that are already provided with the decks, as this will affect the next DJ.
- Please don’t place your drinks on the tables near DJ equipment, and remove any drinks that are placed there by members and use the tables provided. Also actively discourage people to place drinks on speakers, and remove drinks off this equipment. It was this oversight that caused a drink spillage and complete power outage at our previous event.
- iTunes should not be used for DJing as it has inconsistencies with levels. If you need any help with equipment or software then Jon Gammon can assist with setting up.
Important bits for Main Room DJs:
- Please play a mix of music as you would on a regular night to appeal to the majority. We know you can’t please everyone all of the time, but as long as you vary the genre and style every couple of tracks it avoids complaints.
- There is a music genre sheet on the DJ table. This campaign is compulsory for all Main Room DJs to complete. Sheets are posted by the decks and must be filled in by everyone. It ensures repetitions are kept to a minimum, and used as evidence on the rare occasion we receive complaints about lack of variety.
Important bits for SILC Room DJs:
- The SILC Room, like the Main Room, should be a mixing pot of genres. We know you can’t please everyone all of the time, but as long as you vary the genre and style every couple of tracks it avoids complaints.
- Remember that SILC doesn’t only concern contemporary music, so be sure to play some classics and older music as well as your latest finds. Play the full range of tempos from approx 90 to 115 bpm…any tracks faster or slower than this will need adjusting.
- DJs seem to favour funkier, bassier tracks, so remember to include softer, smoother and more lyrical tracks to break up your set.
- Following numerous complaints about loud music, we MUST impose restrictions on volume. This is a legal requirement. Please be aware that when on stage, you are behind the speakers, therefore the music sounds quieter. Also, your ears will adjust to the music, also making it seem quieter.
- The Babble Decibel Reader will give you a visual cue as to the volume of your music: When the light shows green, you are at a safe volume. When the light turns yellow, you are on the borderline for the legal volume. When the light turns red, you are over the legal sound limit and you must turn your music down immediately.
- The light continuously assesses the sound levels, and therefore you need to stay vigilant with checking that your music is an appropriate volume. If you think the levels are set incorrectly, please contact a Duty Manager.
Thank you in advance for your enthusiasm and graft. We look forward to working with you.
Tim Sant-Turner, Mike Ellard and The Escape Committee.