These are such good points! I'm 24 and have been dancing for four years
now. Cost has always been an issue for me. When I started dancing in
Scotland the only way I was able to attend dances, etc. was when I could
stay in someone's flat and catch a ride with someone from my area. Luckily
I had a supportive group that was willing to support this sort of effort.
The group I currently dance with (Boise, ID) is comprised of a very
different demographic than the young groups I danced with overseas.
Honestly, the way I afford going to workshops, etc. is that they are really
my only leisure activity. I have pared down the other things I do for fun a
lot in order to be able to save for things I do want to do (like Asilomar),
though I am still keeping my eyes open for scholarships and the like. I
think our group is very financially supportive (we're saving right now to
help one person get certified), but I would definitely like to see more, and
the only way to do that is to get involved and make sure I'm heard even
though by being young and broke I'm in the minority. :D
In discussing our own possible dance/workshop we've talked about how to make
the event more affordable and you offer some great suggestions.
I very much agree that it's terribly important to keep young people
interested to keep SCD alive and kicking. Thanks for bringing this up so