On 3/2/2012 11:44 PM, Brian Hamshar wrote:
Reportedly it was the feeling of the board that mixers
are the best way to integrate beginners and thereby improve retention. Thus they feel
it's a good enough tool for potentially increasing attendance over time that they felt
they should codify it. I've never heard of a requirement like this being enacted,
although I understand that certain New England communities tend to have one or more mixers
at every dance. I'm afraid it'll rub a lot of callers the wrong way. I'm
rather certain it'll exacerbate the ongoing problem here of experienced dancers
showing up a half hour or more after the dance begins (they're not popular with the
regular dancers). What do others think?
I always include a mixer in the first few dances of an evening for
just these very reasons, so it wouldn't be a problem for me.
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