Hi SW organizers & callers,
This came to our Belfast Flying Shoes email address. I've heard about Burning Man, and imagine this would be a wild undertaking. Thought I'd spread the word, to cast the net wide for Mr Stowe.
PS The Yahoo group seems to lay the vision all out (having given it a fast skim...).
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From: Mark Stowe <mkstowegnv(a)gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Feb 25, 2010 at 10:54 AM
Subject: first contradance camp in the 20+ years of Burning Man
Dear local dance/music contact person,
I am contacting a very large number of dance and music groups in the hopes of finding the rare souls who can make a contradance camp happen at Burning Man. I would be enormously grateful if you would post the email below to your local email list/ Facebook page, and write back to me to confirm that you have posted it. (I am trying to avoid subscribing to countless lists.) Please feel free to modify it or offer me your advice. Thanks so much, and thanks for all your volunteer work.
Hi, I am organizing what will apparently be the first contradance camp in the 20+ years of Burning Man (a week of extreme art in an extreme environment - http://burningman.com). Even though there are a large number of 'burners' who are contradancers, we need to get this message out to as many people as possible in particular to be able to line up callers and musicians.
In the discussion group
I lay out the logistical challenges and a preliminary plan for funding and otherwise making such a camp a reality (it will be easiest if you choose 'view all' and click the arrow that will reverse the default reverse chronological order).
I would be very grateful if you could pass this email on to anyone you know who might be interested. I am sending this out to as many contradance discussion groups as I can, but I won't get 'all of them' without help. Please post to the groups you know and send me a note telling me what group(s) you have posted to.
Thanks and best wishes, Mark Stowe mkstowegnv(a)gmail.com
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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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