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  • Dianna Shipman

    Dianna Shipman Sept. 17, 2001, 1:35 a.m. (Message 27391)

    Re: attracting new/young folks

    I think it depends on how an event is advertised - if prior experience is
    needed that should be made clear at the time tickets or sold or even stated
    on the tickets - if you say it's open to everyone then you need to be
    prepared to rearrange the program.  If I do a program I often have in mind a
    possible alternate easy dance for every harder dance on the program; I find
    that brand new people after one or two dances usually are glad to rest a bit
    while experienced dancers do a more difficult dance.  And I have remind our
    experienced dancers if they want to have anyone to dance with 10 years from
    now they need to be patient with new people since natural attrition tends to
    reduce numbers :-)
    Houston, Texas
    ----- Original Message -----
    From: <>
    To: <>
    Sent: Sunday, September 16, 2001 4:22 PM
    Subject: attracting new/young folks
    | We have had much lately about getting new folks and young folks to come
    | dancing.  This weekend I played for a dance in a situation where about 1/4
    | folks had little or no experience but got a ticket for the dance to do
    | something for the evening.  I noticed a number of things.
    | The MC was trying to get 4 couple sets organized.  In the contra world
    | would be encouraged to join hands in a ring of 8.  And then be told this
    | the set and these are the folks you dance with.  It took a while to
    | the sets.
    | Several young people asked about doing round the room dances and Dashing
    | White Sergeant.  As a gesture to them Strip the willow was done but not
    | after intermission.
    | A philosophical decision had to be made, does the dance organizer
    | re-structure the program so that all the people can get up and dance at
    | every other dance, and perhaps irritate the expeienced folks, but perhaps
    | entice beginners to go dancing again.
    | Or does the dance organizer continue with the published program, do 2 or 3
    | easy dances and please the experienced dancers.
    | While I don't know the correct answer I feel that an opportunity to
    | newcomers was lost.
    | Cheers,
    | Sylvia Miskoe, Concord, NH USA

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