I'm just home from the awesome dance organizer's conference that just took
place in White River Junction, VT.
My mind is buzzing and I want to share some of my thoughts.
First, I feel so validated in my choice to invest lots of time and energy
into our local dances. Giving people the opportunity to experience
community in the context of social dance is a worthwhile and valuable thing
to do. I knew that already, but spending time with 80 other organizers
helped me to see this again, with new eyes.
Second, I'm energized about our dances, and about broadening the team that
manages the events. I see clearly that being able to help with the dance is
a privilege and an honor. I can feel good about tapping a regular on the
shoulder and saying, "would you like to be part of the team that puts this
I'm so happy that we already have this venue of Shared Weight - Organizers.
Let's keep the energy and support that we had this weekend flowing.
Thanks to CDSS, NEFFA, DEFFA, New England Dancing Masters, MFS, and the
hard work of Chrissy Fowler, Delia Clark, Linda Henry and Mary Wesley.
There's been some discussion before on SharedWeight about pay
formulas for staff at contra dances. For example, see the
callers' forum archive for June and July 2011, as well as some
of the recent posts on the subject "Accounting for numbers".
I have a question that I don't think I've seen discussed
If you've organized or performed at "techno contra" events
that feature a DJ instead of a band, what, in your experience,
is the usual division of staff pay to DJ, caller, and sound
tech? What about at "techno-live" events with both a DJ and