Chrissy Fowler wrote:
What is your dance's admission price structure?
BIDA charges $5-$10, as a sliding scale, where people are encouraged
to pay what they can. This was a deliberate decision over a "students",
"young people", "low income" rate, but it predates my time on the
It's worked well for us; we tend to average between $7 and $8 per
person and the dancers seem to like it.
(Special event dances generally cost more, volunteers get in free for
about an hour's work, musicians for open bands pay on a $0-$10
sliding scale (though the bandleader is paid). Sit-ins at regular
dances count as $5-$10 just like dancers. If you bring someone new
to contra in time for the 7pm beginner's workshop, you both get in
Does that admission price drop at any point in the evening? If so,
when (at what point)?
We have volunteers taking money at the door until 10pm (the dance goes
to 10:30). At that point a board member starts calculating the night's
finances, and pretty much no one comes that late. Someone who did
arrive then would still be asked to pay $5-$10.
What is the rationale for either (a) dropping the price or (b)
keeping the same price in effect for duration of the entire dance?
We would like people to come for the whole dance. It's not like it
saves us money if they show up for only the last hour.  If they
can't afford our minimum admission, we're always looking for volunteers.
(BIDA Board Member, written without consulting anyone else.)
 This would be different if we were regularly at capacity. We
would rethink this then.