I’ve been saying a tentative yes to private parties; I haven’t been asking for contracts
or deposits, with the understanding that I’ll be there unless things take an unexpected
turn for the worse.
From: Jim Thaxter <jathaxter47(a)gmail.com>
Sent: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 5:20 PM
To: Tony Parkes <tony(a)hands4.com>
Subject: Re: [Callers] Re: Question on Gig Requests
You address the “series dance” issue, but didn’t say how you’ve responded to the private
party requests. I’ve had a couple of those requests that I’ve turned down, but am
reconsidering now that I’m fully vaccinated. One party said all the non-dancing guests
would be masked, but the dancers would not. Not sure I get that.
On Tue, May 4, 2021 at 4:01 PM Tony Parkes via Contra Callers
Hi, Woody (and all)…
I’ve been getting requests for the fall (and one for the summer), but so far, they’re all
for private parties – weddings, family reunions, homeschooler gatherings. (From the
context, I assume that by “community dance” you mean “public series dance.” I’ve also
often seen the term used to mean “one-nighter / private party / non-dancer event.” Due to
lack of consensus on its meaning, I tend to avoid the term.)
I’m not sure how I’d respond if I were approached for a series dance. I’m hopeful that by
September either we’ll be close to herd immunity or we’ll be reconciled to thinking of
Covid the way we think of the flu: an annual annoyance but not something to deter us from
doing what we love.
I might accept an invitation to call at a series on the condition that if Covid statistics
change drastically for the worse (to the point that states and cities are reimposing
restrictions), the date could be canceled with no liability on either my part or the
From: Woody Lane via Contra Callers
Sent: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:37 PM
Subject: [Callers] Question on Gig Requests
The pandemic has shut down dances for nearly 15 months, but things may be beginning to
change. I would like your input on this --
I just received my first request to call at a regular community dance. The dance would be
scheduled for September. (The organizers are beginning to schedule for the fall.) This
would be a typical evening indoor dance held in a gym. Pre-covid attendance was 70-100.
The organizers assured me that safety protocols would be followed, etc. I have not
responded yet. (I am fully vaccinated.)
Has anyone else begun receiving invitations to call dances? How far out? What are your
thoughts on this situation? What is your sense of risk and comfort and community
responsibility? I'd really like to get some feedback from this group.
Caller, Percussive Dancer
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