[Organizers] suggestions for beginner contra handout

Mac Mckeever via Organizers organizers at lists.sharedweight.net
Wed Apr 20 14:33:49 PDT 2016

We give first time participants a flyer that is focused on marketing our various events.  We have talked about changing to something more like you describe but haven't moved in that direction yet
One thing we do include on it is an offer that if they bring the flyer back for their second dance they get in free (we mark the flyer so we know it has been used and they still keep it).
Mac McKeeverSt Louis

      From: Emily Addison via Organizers <organizers at lists.sharedweight.net>
 To: organizers shared weight <organizers at lists.sharedweight.net> 
 Sent: Wednesday, April 20, 2016 1:43 PM
 Subject: [Organizers] suggestions for beginner contra handout
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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