At the Montpelier Contra Dance run by the "Contra Dance Umbrella", we don't
offer an official price drop part way through the dance. However, after
the ~9:30 break (dance runs 8:00 to 11:00), we often close up the money box
(after taking out almost all of the cash, usually in one of the
pants-pocket of one of the male committee members). A few people may come
in after that; some of them will make change out of the box.
We've discussed this at our committee meetings; one of the responses to
"can I get in for less if I'm not staying the whole time?" is: "Well,
band plays all night, so we prefer to have you pay--most of the money goes
the band and the caller, and the rest to rent the Grange Hall".
I think all of us are somewhat flexible about this, and responsive to
dancers who say they don't have all the admission price. I usually tell
them to make it up the next time if they can; we like to have people keep
coming. Our price is $8.00 for 16 and up, $5.00 for up to 15.
Similar approach is used at the Traditional series--there, we offer 1/2
price admission to new-comers.
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