Recruiting dancers

Liza Blaney

Message 4276 · 13 Jun 1996 20:08:34 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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>
> I'm curious how many groups offer demos during a college or university's
> International Festival? Many of the schools I have attended or worked at
> had well-attended International Festivals. Perhaps this would be an
> option?
>
> If the school has mostly residential students, the classes should be
> easily accessible without a car. Another big drawback to students are
> classes that interfere with their weekends (which begin on Thursday
> nights. :) I supervise student workers in an Academic library, and
> through bringing in pictures and talking it up at work several have
> expressed an interest, and those are the two big drawbacks mentioned to
> me.
>
> Leslie Forbes
> Salem, Mass. USA
>

We teach a class in West Lafayette, home of Purdue. (We teach because we
want to dance and there is no one else to teach.) We have demo'd at the
fund-raiser for the international center and will at this years Global Fest.
Our demo is more enthusiasm than technique, due to the experience level of
our dancers (I don't know whether that is good or bad, it's just the truth)
We advertise, put posters up and post to news. In a town of 125000, we have
8 regulars: the two of us (who started dancing in California), two women
with grown children (an ex-pat and a scottish-descent), two re-enacters
(people who dress up in authentic clothes and re-enact events in the 18th
Century), one of whom is a student, one other student and a retired folk
dancer. We have a great floor for $1 per person per class (only charge for
the class) and are within walking distance of campus. Admittedly, we teach on
Thursday but traffic patterns suggest that the weekend starts on Friday.
We do compete with choir rehearsal for various churches but that doesn't
bother the students - church attendance is near zero for that cohort,
much less choir. (We have no trouble getting a college student to babysit
on Thursday nights - we're considered a great deal since it's not a night
students do much anyway.) We do compete with ER which I guess is a bad.
There is very little else to do in town. I have no idea what else to do
to attract people of any age. Any suggestions?

Another question: I have volunteered to give a program at a library. They have
a series for K-5 on nations around the world. I was going to borrow the
"Tartan map", bring my tapes and teach a very simple dance with my 7-yr
old daughter as my partner. Any other suggestions? I must admit that
although I have two children ages 7 and 2, I don't know much about
teaching groups of children but it pleases the organization that rents us
the great floor that I do this. ;-)

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