Huh! I never thought of that for the dance we run. I keep a file of each gig and the dances I called at each. I also write on each dance card the date and location of each time I've called it, so I don't repeat myself too often.
There's a record of contra dances called at Northwest Folklife Festival. I don't know how far back it goes. I'll talk to my fellow organizers about starting this at Emerald City Contra Dance. -Amy On Tue, Mar 6, 2018, 5:42 PM Kalia Kliban via Callers < firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: > Dance logs, a cumulative record for a series of which dances have been > called on any given evening, are very common in the English dance > community but vanishingly rare in the contra community. Why is that? > They're really helpful for incoming callers, and it's probably nice for > the dancers not to keep getting the same dances week after week. > > I've only ever known of one contra series that kept a log, and it's > probably because I suggested it when they started out (the Queer Contra > series in Oakland, CA). Are there any contra organizers out there who > maintain a dance log? Those of you who do, how do you get the dance > lists from the callers? The Oakland series had a little book on the > stage and the callers would write their programs down as they went or at > the end of the night. > > Part of it comes down to record-keeping on the part of the callers. I > keep a personal log of all the dances I've called so I can avoid > repeating myself when I return to a given venue. That makes it easy for > me to produce a set list after the fact if an organizer wants to fill in > a gap in the log. Fellow contra callers, do you all keep records of > what you call, and if you don't, how do you avoid repeating yourself or > remember what worked well (or not) the last time you called at a > particular place? > > If you work with something like Caller's Companion, do you update the > program list with what you actually danced as opposed to what you > programmed? > > Just curious about other people's process on this. > > Kalia in Sebastopol, CA > _______________________________________________ > List Name: Callers mailing list > List Address: Callers@lists.sharedweight.net > Archives: https://email@example.com/ >
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