I would echo Alan and Rich... especially if the folks LIKED those dances. I
have run many beginner dancers events over the last ten years and folks
want to do the dances they enjoyed from last time (sometimes you have to
remind them that you have other new fun dances to teach too). :-)
The one complaint I have heard from long time dancers are that some of the
dance groups don't repeat favorite dances often enough in a goal to do as
many different dances over the course of a year as possible so keep that
“fun” factor in mind when selecting them.
You have a nice list of dances! Don't forget about the classic Sicillian
Circle dance where there's clapping and hooting when the gents go in then
the ladies go in. Folks love to clap and hoot and it brings up the energy!
Let us know how it went!
Historical Tea & Dance Society
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Date: Wed, 24 Oct 2018 12:25:51 -0500
From: Allison Jonjak <allisonjonjak(a)gmail.com>
Subject: [Callers] "Second" ONS
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I hail from a rural area with no nearby dance communities. This June I held
a free community barn dance, featuring lots of Linda Leslie's "very easy
dances". Through the magic of newspapers I was able to connect with a
string band, and we had about 25 dancers, lots of whom left their email
addresses 'so you can invite us again next time.'
I'll head home for the holidays, the band is willing and the hall is
willing, so I'm planning to host another dance. The question is: should I
-the same dances
-the same easiness-level of dances, but different actual dances
-a dance or two that uses progressions?
The dancers in June learned very quickly, and aced the proto-progressions
in both Jefferson & Liberty, and Peak Bagger.
How much of that practice in June do I expect to carry forward to
November? Here was the program I wound up calling,
, pardon that the calling notes are mixed
in with my followup notes. Here were the dances I had prepared:
Thanks all in advance for your help!
Allison Jonjak, M.S., E.I.T.