Three things that I think have helped the dance series committees I've been part of are:
- Be geared toward the needs of performers (having a guarantee with a bonus for good attendance, considering ways to increase the appeal for them to play/call for our series - like food, dinner, housing, etc)
- Be geared toward the needs of dancers (thinking about what we as dancers love in a dance series, having an attitude of 'this will be fun!", having a broader concept of the sorts of dancers we want to attract - newbies *and* experienced folks of all ages)
- Be clear about the vision we have for the series, but willing to adapt along the way, and making it workable for ourselves as commitee members (defining roles, distributing the responsibilities, communicating as things come up, giving small stipends for committee work - which takes the edge off feeling 'burdened', enjoying the process of dance management, wlecoming and even soliciting specific volunteer contributions, etc.)
Great idea for a Shared Weight Organizers topic! Looking fwd to reading more contributions!
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> > So what I'd like to do is hear from people and find out what they
> > know now that they wish they had known before they became involved
> > with organizing dance events. Pick the top 3 things (or more if you
> > want) and send them to the list. Afterwards, we should have a
> > pretty good list of information for people who are interested in
> > getting started.
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I was thinking back to when I got started organizing my own dance series
a few years ago. Mostly about how much I didn't know what I was doing.
It worked out well and the series is still going, albeit without my
So what I'd like to do is hear from people and find out what they know
now that they wish they had known before they became involved with
organizing dance events. Pick the top 3 things (or more if you want) and
send them to the list. Afterwards, we should have a pretty good list of
information for people who are interested in getting started.
Here are mine:
1. I would have liked to have a better understanding of how broad the
responsibilities of the organizer are. You need to be skilled in
negotiation (booking), finances and budgeting, marketing, risk
management and people management. I'm sure that I missed some, so feel
free to add yours.
2. I didn't realize how much work it was to put on a dance series, so I
should have been more proactive about recruiting help. I burned out
after a year an a half and handed the series off to other people. Now I
serve on three committees that put on either monthly or weekly dances.
3. I had thought some about the purpose of my series (to give me more
experience as a caller), but didn't think as much about how it fit into
the community and the vision for how it could contribute. A well thought
out vision would have guided me towards better success and away from
second guessing myself.
Looking forward to hearing people's responses.