I've called an entire English dance so debilitated by a sinus infection
that I had to lean against a wall the whole time. It's not ideal.
Cancel if you're contagious. Cancel if you're enough under the weather
that your performance will suffer. Cancel if it's not safe for you to
get there and back. Don't risk your life and health or anybody else's.
As a series programmer, I think I would prefer honest communication as
soon as you know there's an issue. I'd way rather hear on Thursday, for
a Saturday dance, "I'm starting to feel under the weather and if this
gets worse I may have to cancel." Once we're in touch we can work out
whether you'll find a replacement or I will. (In my case, I'm in a
caller-dense area and I have the addresses of a lot of callers, so if I
have a day or two of notice I can likely find somebody I'd want to hire
anyway, or call the dance myself if I need to. I call some outlying
dances where if I'm not up to making the three-hour drive somebody else
will have to, in which case my finding an acceptable substitute can be a
The one thing that makes you less popular with a booker than canceling
at the last minute with no replacement is canceling at the last minute
and lining up a replacement that dance series would never want to hire,
so talk to your booker.
On 11/14/2018 7:47 PM, Bob Peterson via Callers wrote:
Cold and flu season is on us. Where is the line
between cancelling on a gig and forging ahead despite how I feel? I guess it’s a matter of
how composed I can be and how quiet I can keep my conditions from the dancers. Medication
can help, but can interfere with safe driving.
If I feel I must cancel, what’s the right amount of notice to give? Who finds the
replacement if I have to cancel?
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