Alas, this anecdote is only the latest evidence of the decline of "community 
feeling" at dances.  Too many dancers feel that coming to a dance is a 
contractual relationship; i.e., they pay, they dance, they go home and don't 
think about it any more...except to think"Was there a dancer on the floor whose 
capacity is diminished and is thus ruining MY dancing experience?"
I would like to see our dance charge these people exactly what it costs to 
provide them the contractual experience of dancing:  $11.25 for this particular 
dance (assuming 100 dancers) + whatever we set aside to pay eventually for 
maintenance and repair of the venue (most of which will be done by volunteers) 
+ whatever we need to set aside to accommodate "vulnerable dancers" (e.g., a 
special dance for them, perhaps?) = $17-20/per, maybe.  
And that's assuming volunteers open and close, find the talent and do the PR. 
"Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you've got, 
be resolute, and love without stopping."  St. PaulMerry Kay Shernock         
381 VT Rte 12 NONorthfield, VT  05663 (802)595-3972 

    On Tuesday, October 24, 2017 7:36 AM, Katy Heine via Organizers 
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 For the last three years, one of our older dancers has been declining with 
dementia--and her husband, not a good dancer himself, continues to bring her to 
our dances. Invariably, they create chaos on the dance floor. 

Most people on the board of my dance organization feel it's important to 
continue to include these dancers until such time that the husband decides it's 
time for them to stop coming. On the other hand, I'm concerned with the effect 
that they're having on other dancers. I've heard at least one dancer say that 
she considered not coming to a dance when she saw that this couple was 
there--and certainly this couple's presence is diminishing the dance experience 
of many of the dancers who've come to our events for the high level of dancing 
that we were able to deliver in the past.

Has anyone else wrestled with this sort of problem? If yes, what did you do (or 
not do) about it?

Katy Heine
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