At least one dance that I attend does a couples dance at the beginning for
just that reason. It gets the music started. It gets people warmed up, even
if there's only one couple ready to dance. And it lets people outside know
that the dance has started. It's usually (always?) a polka as the first
dance at the Nelson Monday night dance, at least for the past few years.
On Mon, Mar 26, 2012 at 3:10 AM, Alan Winston - SSRL Central Computing <
I called last weekend (St Patrick's Day, and a very rainy night) and the
was very slow to get started. By about 10 minutes after the starting time
had something five or six couples, with two first-timers among them.
I let the first two dances run normal length, consciously, because I
first-timers to get the experience of getting the dance long enoug to get
and no longer need calling.
I think I was successful in that goal, but I heard that the experienced
were pretty bored seeing the same faces over and over. (By the third dance
more people had turned up and it wasn't so much of a problem.)
How do y'all handle this kind of thing?