[Organizers] suggestions for beginner contra handout

Emily Addison via Organizers organizers at lists.sharedweight.net
Wed Apr 20 11:43:47 PDT 2016

Hello shared weight organizers,

I just posted the following idea on the shared weight callers list as I
thought it would be of interest to callers but I really wanted to include
it here too as it has to do with organizing.

Ottawa Contra is working on a 1-pg handout to give to first time dancers.
The goal of the handout is to provide tidbits that will help convince first
timers  to come back, that contra's accessible/they can be successful/climb
that learning curve, and that contra's a great fit for them.  Who knows if
the handout will actually work but we want to try as part of our focus on
increasing the retention of all the beginners we get.

I have a few examples of other handouts but they often focus on explaining
the specific moves.

We're thinking more along things that speak to the spirit of contra/are
inspiring PLLLUS great technical tips (nuggets!) that can make a huge
different to their experience as beginners. Things for them to reflect on
and absorb.

If you have any ideas, please pass them along. They may be little messages
you feel every beginner should know, or even tips you you've heard callers
provide in beginner/intro lesson before the actual dance.

I've heard some real nuggets in the past but they don't stay in my brain
and I think their hard for beginners to absorb as well!

With much thanks :)
Emily Addison in Ottawa ON
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