carnet de bal

Martin Sheffield

Message 6143 · 14 Jan 1997 15:51:32 · Fixed-width font · Whole thread

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>It's funny to think back. About 10 years ago I went to a Ball in a big
>city, that I'd never been to before and where I knew only the 3 people with
>whom I'd gone.
>
>I danced 1 dance in the whole evening and swore I'd never go back there. I
>was refused so often I seriously wondered if I had broccolli in my teeth or
>something! After about the 4th refusal for 1 particular dance I quit,

But you didn't say if they were using carnets de bal or not.
I too have veen to dances, where you have to be very quick to get a
partner. People are so keen not to miss a dance, that couples seem to be
made up (sometimes sets, too) before you've had time to straighten up from
the previous final bow or curtsey.
I would say that out-of-towners have just as good a chance of finding new
partners with carnet de bal as without, so long as the MC, or members of
the committee organizing the ball, make it clear that you do not write the
same name twice, and that using a carnet de bal is a good excuse to
exchange names with newcomers.

... The Point
>is, those first impressions are SO important. They stick with you for a
>long , long time!
>
> If all the locals dance 1 dance in an evening with a new face, that new face
>will probavly dance most of the evening! and just maybe come back!
>

With that, I heartily agree.

Martin,
Grenoble, France

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