This is great! I believe people actually enjoy themselves more when they
remember to show appreciation.
On Apr 26, 2015 4:12 PM, "Amy Wimmer via Callers" <
I called a dance last night in the town where I grew
up (Bellingham, WA).
It's always great to go back and see people with whom I learned to dance.
Calling there makes me a little nervous, though, because I didn't start
calling until I left there about 11 years ago.
Anyway, keeping in mind the recent discussion about clapping for the band,
I did my utmost to make sure last night's band was well appreciated. They
are a really good home-town band, and very fun to work with, so I didn't
feel a need to fake it.
After the first dance there was a smattering of applause, so I said, "It
is customary to applaud the band after each set." This sort of stopped them
in their tracks and they responded well. The band was grinning at me. I
then said, "I have also heard that bands perform better when they know they
are being appreciated." This brought even more applause. I said they were
dancing to the playing of "Northern Contraband" and I'd introduce the
individual members later.
During the evening I smiled broadly at the band members, they responded
with the same; I applauded at the ends of each dance, while looking and
smiling at them; I whooped when it was appropriate (they threw in some
really cool stuff, off the cuff) and the dancers joined in. All-in-all the
band was very well-received and appreciated, they responded well to the
attention, and the dancers were consistently appreciative the rest of the
evening. I introduced the individual band members twice - once in the first
half and once in the second. It helps that I know them and didn't have to
read their names. I mentioned the sound person a few times, too. Everyone
was smiling and happy. It was good.
I hope I can spread the joy at other gigs.
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