Hi Claire, Donna, Andy, and Linda,
Thanks for the feedback!
Donna - your link is great... much much thanks for that lead. :)
And Claire - I totally agree with you regarding about the role of the dance
community. I've heard that from others, and our committee would agree,
that the welcoming/encouraging behaviour of regular dancers can make/break
a beginner's experience!
The idea of the handout is that it's just one more wee tool as we try to
help retain a few more of our beginners. Some folks don't like reading
material but others are keen to dive in a bit deeper in print format and
right now all they can take home is our schedule.
Anyway - I've had some other feedback from the organizers list so will work
away on the project for the next few months.
Much thanks and if anyone else has ideas, I'd love to hear.
Emily in Ottawa
On Wed, Apr 20, 2016 at 3:04 PM, Donna Hunt <dhuntdancer(a)aol.com> wrote:
The Mt. Airy (in Philadelphia) Thursday Night Dance has this on our
website. We are in the process of revamping it, but feel free to pick and
choose whatever might work for your group.
Web Site: donnahuntcaller.com
From: Emily Addison via Callers <callers(a)lists.sharedweight.net>
To: Caller's discussion list <callers(a)sharedweight.net>
Sent: Wed, Apr 20, 2016 3:31 pm
Subject: [Callers] caller suggestions for beginner handout
Hello shared weight callers :)
Knowing that callers do so much to support brand new contra dancers, as a
dance organizer, I have a question for you!
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.
If you have any ideas, please pass them along. They may be little messages
you feel every beginner should know, or even tips you provide in the
beginner/intro lesson before the actual dance.
With much thanks!
Emily Addison in Ottawa ON
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