Note for organizers in SE and mid-Atlantic ...
atgaga (Gainesville, Georgia contra dance) is co-sponsoring a weekend retreat for organizers
at Warren & Terry Doyle's Appalachian Folk School near Mountain City, TN over the 3rd weekend in July.
I'm covering food costs and Warren and Terry are providing housing and meeting space.
Your cost is transportation and time.
Primary focus is weekend dances but local dance organizers are also invited.
We'll, collectively, sort out a discussion framework that suits everyone Friday evening.
(to handle the different needs of weekend versus local dances)

Here's atgaga's website:
And here's the Appalachian Folk School's Facebook page:
Many of you know or know of Warren and Terry because they run CDH (Contra Dancers Holiday).

Background ... last July atgaga hosted a retreat outside of Atlanta in a large renovated farm house.
We had some 15 people attend from Memphis, Baltimore, Roanoke, Charlottesville, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Sautee and Gainesville (GA).
That was a very productive retreat with a strong request to do it again.
I do not know the optimum size, but the small size of last year's retreat worked to its advantage.
We had lots of one-on-one and reasonable-sized meetings in which everyone was able to talk.

IF you might be interested in coming
and you haven't already received emails from me re this
THEN please email me your
    email address
    city, state and dance organization you are affiliated with
My name is Heitzso and my email address is


Ditto that (thanks, Claire). 

Paul Pindris

On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 3:27 AM, Claire T via Organizers <> wrote:
Hope you will post notes from your session for those of us not able to make it to the Flurry.


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Hi All,

If you're heading to the Dance Flurry this weekend, I wanted to give you a
heads up that I'll be leading a one-hour dance organizers discussion
session on Sunday from 11:15am-12:15pm in Hilton Broadway 4.

This year, we'll be focusing all on upping attendance!!!

When everyone listed their major concerns at last year's session,
attendance issues were the most common.   Thus - we'll be really digging
into this and sharing our best practices. :)

Hope to see you there!
Emily in Ottawa
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