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.
Dear dance organizers,
We're wrapping up final details from the Puttin' On the
Dance<http://www.puttinonthedance.org/>conference, and so here's one
*final *update from us. :)
The POTD Post-conference
Resource<http://www.puttinonthedance.org/post-conference/>is full of
notes, handouts, resources, photos, video, blog posts, articles,
and inspiration. Please share the link with your organizer comrades.
To catalyze the 2nd Northeast Dance Organizers Conference (sometime in
2013) or otherwise help in this effort, contact Linda Henry <linda(a)cdss.org>
*CONTRIBUTE TO ORGANIZER CONFERENCES:
*CDSS <http://www.cdss.org/> provided the core underwriting for POTD, and
we need some funds to tie up a few loose ends (for ex, to continue hosting
the POTD website & archive). This fundraising effort will also support
CDSS's efforts to spearhead *other* regional conferences (see below).
Whether you make a gift online www.cdss.org/general-donation.html or send a
check, please indicate that it's for *conference support*.
*UPCOMING ORGANIZER SESSIONS:
*Maine POTD conferees are presenting at DownEast Country Dance
Festival<http://www.deffa.org/festival>this weekend - March 31,
Chrissy Fowler is leading a session at
NEFFA <http://www.neffa.org/What_is_Festival.html> in April, there's a Midwest
Leadership Event <smithra(a)twirlyshirts.com> August 10-12 in Cincinnati, OH
and there's a Southwest Conference <linda(a)cdss.org> in the planning
stages. (Click links for info or contacts.)
*NOT USING THIS EMAIL:
*This email is effectively temporarily defunct. (Still live, but seldom
monitored.) If you want to reach us, do so directly.
Linda Henry - linda(a)cdss.org
fiddlersgreencontra.org (CDSS Outreach Manager)
Mary Wesley - marystilleywesley(a)gmail.com
marywesley.com (CDSS Youth Intern)
Delia Clark - deliaclark8(a)gmail.com
Chrissy Fowler - ktaadn_me(a)hotmail.com
2011 POTD Resources (including Archive) at http://www.puttinonthedance.orghttp://www.facebook.com/PuttinOnTheDance