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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Yes, we will have lunch gatherings both days at the Ralph Page Dance
Legacy Weekend in the dinning hall in our usual spot. Chris will be
there and is looking forward to seeing everyone!
For those of you who haven't been, RPDLW is a great place to go and
connect with the history of traditional dance and the people who made it
happen. There are always tons of callers, musicians and organizers there
so it's a great place to network, too. At lunch on Saturday and Sunday,
we push a bunch of tables together at the back of the dining area and
geek out about this passion that we all share. If you want to bring
something and share it around the table, there will be other people
participating in the impromptu potluck as well.
SharedWeight is now 5 years old and it's great to see how far it's come
and where it's going. This will be the fifth gathering at Ralph Page,
too. That first year, we only had about 10 people around the table. Last
year it seemed to be around 30 or 40. We started with only one list for
callers, now we have three with lists for musicians and organizers as
well. Thank you all for participating and making this forum a great
place to share ideas, ask questions and help each other. Keep spreading
Chris Weiler and Seth Seeger