In Concord MA Scout House Thursday Nights weekly, a lot of what were the
younger "hot" dancers have gone over to various couples styles, such as
West Coast Swing, and blues at Boston dance night clubs.
Someone asked about performers. It seems to me that _any_
always-scheduled band, or "house" band, or house caller gets boring for
both the dancers and the performers themselves.
It also seems to me that folks come for the band's excitement as much or
more than for the dancing. If the band is excited doing the tunes, the
dancers are excited and have a really good time.
Parenthetical: Music volume, and excitement. One night I was organizer
and sound engineer. Kind of a ho hum dance. At break, the band asked
me to turn up the volume. I did, and it was towards the top of my
preference. But the dancers... Much higher energy, flourishes.
Looking intently at each other. Ear to ear grins. _Totally_ different
dance. My experience. YMMV
My impression is that the top tier national touring bands and callers
bring in good crowds. Every region has their favorites, which most
organizers can name.
Blase dancers combined with market saturation?
It is also worth taking a census of your region. In Massachusetts, we
have two major regions of high dance activity. First is eastern Mass,
including Boston metro and Concord. In western Mass, there is "the
Valley", which is the Pioneer Valley of the Connecticut River. Will
Loving of the Amherst Dance started holding a Challenging Dance on forth
Fridays, along with his regular 3 or 4 Wednesday dances in Downtown
Amherst. Lisa Greenleaf runs a First Friday Challenging dance at Scout
House in Concord MA. When Will started up his Valley Challenging dance,
there was a lot of discussion about the contra community benefits and
hazards of putting on challenging dances. I did a survey of both
regions and found that eastern Mass had 19 contra dances a month, while
western Mass had 17. Each region has only a single Challenging dance
per month. Saturation?
were useful resources in this survey.
If possible, compare your regional dances now with how many there were
10-20 years ago.
It is pretty telling when regions with few dances suffer the same
declines as the hyper-dance regions. That points more to fashion and
fad and fading popularity.
Thursday Night Dance Committee, at the Concord Scout House
On 12/6/16 8:17, Marie-Michèle Fournier via Organizers wrote:
Both Montreal and Ottawa have seen lower attendance this fall and we
got word that it's similar in Brooklyn. Are any other local dances
seeing this too? Any idea what might be causing this? Since it happens
to both Canadian and American cities I doubt it's the political climate.
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