I'll send something longer and more informative in a while, but this is a
We are planning to make a change with the trad-dance-caller list. It will
move away from yahoogroups and over to the "SharedWeight" platform. The
general operation of the list will be pretty much the same. All that will
be missing will be ads and fussing with a Yahoo ID.
the list content will continue in the direction it has followed in recent
years. We'll be dealing dances in formations other than contra -- squares
in particular, as we have a fair number of folks with strong square dance
backgrounds on the list. And we'll be a resource for dance parties -- one
night stands, wedding dances, community dances -- and all that sort of
When the transition comes -- after it -- I intend to make a little effort
at stimulating communication on those topics. I have a few old things that
I want to complete -- eg. a checklist for dance party communication. And
I'm interested in building and sharing repertoire in the everything but
contra world -- especially the things that work for dance parties.
I am also interested in locating a few brave individuals who might be
interest in becoming moderators and regular contributors to this list. If
you think you'd like to be involved in helping in the revitalization
effort, contact me off list at mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thanks, as ever, for your time and consideration.
Ridge Kennedy [Exit 145]
When you stumble, make it part of the dance.
I got a call yesterday from a woman who spent SEVEN hours searching for a
square dance caller for an annual event in the most beautiful area of the
high peaks of the Adirondack Mountains, about two hours from where I live.
She could not find me in a web search *(very distressing to me)*. She used
"square dance caller" as the search query, and gig masters kept coming up
I found one caller listed for my region in that site. Then I stumbled upon
GigSalad (when I searched on square dance callers) and found several
callers for my region (within 3 hours of where I live).
My nephew approached me with the idea of doing Google Ads, which simply
puts you at or near the top of any search for square dance caller or
something similar. He uses it for his business, and it has gotten him a
decent amount of work.
So, my question is whether any of you have used any of these strategies.
And if so, have any of them helped you get more of the types of gigs that
you like to do, and how are the economics of these products? I know at
least two or three of you on our list are signed up for GigSalad
I just finished the signing up for Google Ads this morning.
A while ago, I got a domain, dancewith.us, but never used it. I have listed it on GoDaddy auctions at the starting price of $20. Consider bidding on it if you think it would be useful to you.
So sad to hear.... danced to Ralphs calling at Ralph Page Weekend, enjoyed very much.I am now calling some of Ralphs Squares!Gentle wishes to Ralphs family.
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-------- Original message --------From: "Ralph Sweet Ralphsweet(a)aol.com [trad-dance-callers]" <trad-dance-callers(a)yahoogroups.com> Date: 6/21/19 6:30 AM (GMT-05:00) To: trad-dance-callers(a)yahoogroups.com Subject: [trad-dance-callers] Passing of Ralph Sweet
Writing from Ralph's email address, this is Joseph Morneault - I had inherited Ralph's flute making business. Ralph died early yesterday morning and I am including his obit here for those of you who knew this kind and generous man.
>From the latest English Dance and Song magazine (EDS) it has been reorted that Cyril Jones has passed away, aged 102.
He set up many clubs including the Hobby Horse Club (for children), ran courses on land and on cruises, and was a worthy recipient of the EFDSS Gold Badge in 1995.
He was a well-known figure in the south of England.
The magazine contains an obituary by his caller son Brian.