[Organizers] Dance organizers - anyone have talent sit in with visiting bands?

Emily Addison via Organizers organizers at lists.sharedweight.net
Thu Apr 9 19:37:33 PDT 2015

Hi Dance Organizers,

One more question stemming from my work on our callers handout here in
Ottawa... except this query relates to musicians!

Do any of your dances facilitate local musicians sitting in (either on OR
off mic) with visiting bands? This came up at Puttin' On The Dance 2 and we
have a few keen musicians who would like to do this as part of their
strategy for improving their chops. I've since talked to two touring
musicians who are very open to this and think that some other bands may
also be open.  However, I anticipate that other bands may not be open.

So ... if you do something like this...

1. How do you structure it? Is anyone allowed on stage? Do the musicians
get permission from organizer ahead of time (e.g., book their spot)? Is
there a max number of sets a night that are 'sit in'? Are any 'sit ins' on
mic or are all off mic? ???? ????

2. Also, how do you pitch the idea to the hired band?

I'm particularly talking about TOURING BANDS and then local musicians who
already have some dance experience (not random musicians).

With thanks!
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