Branches...now my two bits (what is the euro on that??)

Lara D. Friedman~Shedlov

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RSCDS Twin Cities branch membership includes membership in the RSCDS.
We do not offer an option to join only the branch.

Our classes and social dances are open to all, not just members, but
classes are free to members of the branch while non-members are charged
$3 per class. We do offer a six-week free trial period for people who
are trying SCD for the first time. Since our membership fees are not
very expensive $30/year for individuals, $50/year for households,
almost everyone joins by the end of their six-week period. In theory,
RSCDS members who are not members of the branch would have to pay the
$3 to attend class. In practice, this practically never happens,
because there is no one I know who lives in our area who is an RSCDS
member but not a member of the branch. When we have visitors from out
of town, we generally don't charge them.

This model works great for us, because we only have one weekly class
plus one bi-monthly class, and the classes are all run centrally by the
branch. In larger branches with numerous classes, the classes are
often run almost as separate organizations and are self-supporting.

Unlike the Madison group, we do have the pay for the hall. We recently
estimated that space rental for our classes and social dances (not
including major balls and workshops) comes to about US$3000/year.

How do we pay for it? Income from performances. We earn around
US$3000 to $4000 per year performing. The vast majority is earned
during the months of August and September, when we do about 50 half-
hour performances at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. This is also
where we end up recruiting most of our new members. We always include
an audience participation dance at our performances and give out
business cards at the end with information about our annual "bring a
friend night" printed on the back.

How do we get enough people to do all those performances? We have a
liberal policy about who can perform. Most dancers who have been
coming to classes for at least a year are able to perform with us at
least at some performances (there are certain performances where we are
more selective about the participants).

--Lara Friedman-Shedlov
Minneapolis, MN USA

Quoting "M.G. Mudrey, Jr." <xxxxxxxx@xxxx.xxx>:

> At 03:25 PM 11/28/2002 -0500, you wrote:
>
> >I'm just wondering how you manage this? My group (Osgoode, near
> Ottawa)
> >charges
> >$65 per year, but the greatest share of this is to pay for the
> >hall. Groups in
> >this area typically pay at least $25 per hour for hall rental (and
> often more,
> >especially for a weekend dance).
>
>
> Years ago, we developed a formal relationship with the University of
>
> Wisconsin Dance Program. As a result we do not pay hall fees with the
>
> exception of formal dances. Hence, the weekly gatherings do not
> cost. We
> do appreciate our instructors, and each make a gift to them (ie no
> where
> near the time that they spend!!!)

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