[Organizers] Ecd ball attendance

2018-03-05 Thread Alexandra Deis-Lauby via Organizers
Are there any ball organizers on this list? If so, have you noticed any attendance trends? Someone mentioned to me today that they heard ball attendance was down this season. Thanks, Alex Sent from my iPhone ___ Organizers mailing list Organizers

Re: [Organizers] Ecd ball attendance

2018-03-05 Thread Jeff Raymond via Organizers
izers" < organizers@lists.sharedweight.net> wrote: Are there any ball organizers on this list? If so, have you noticed any attendance trends? Someone mentioned to me today that they heard ball attendance was down this season. Thanks, Alex Sen

[Organizers] Heads up -- organizers discussion group at the Flurry this weekend!

2018-02-14 Thread Emily Addison via Organizers
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

Re: [Organizers] The benefits of increased attendance --- your ideas?

2019-02-25 Thread Mac Mckeever via Organizers
To expand on your first item: Higher dancer density (up to a point) increases the excitement level.  You can take a really great event and double the size of the room and the energy level will decline. Increasing attendance in the same hall will increase energy, excitement and enjoyment up

Re: [Organizers] Lower attendance this year?

2017-12-19 Thread Jeff Kaufman via Organizers
A year later, after an unusually low-turnout dance, I updated the graph I made before and BIDA is also seeing a decrease recently: https://www.jefftk.com/bida-attendance-2017-12-2x.png It wasn't clear to me at the time, but it looks like it goes back to early 2016. Jeff On Wed, Dec 7, 2016 at 9

Re: [Organizers] The benefits of increased attendance --- your ideas?

2019-02-25 Thread David Harding via Organizers
Higher attendance equates to a larger larger participant base which is less subject to random fluctuations. On 2/25/2019 12:45 PM, Emily Addison via Organizers wrote: Hi All! Can I pick your brain on a project that I'm working on for CDSS?  It relates to revenue sources for dances

Re: [Organizers] The benefits of increased attendance --- your ideas?

2019-02-25 Thread Kimbi Hagen via Organizers
To: organizers shared weight Subject: [Organizers] The benefits of increased attendance --- your ideas? Hi All! Can I pick your brain on a project that I'm working on for CDSS? It relates to revenue sources for dances. Probably the obvious way to increase revenue is by increasing attendance

Re: [Organizers] The benefits of increased attendance --- your ideas?

2019-02-25 Thread Sivier, Jonathan E via Organizers
ers shared weight > *Subject: *[Organizers] The benefits of increased attendance --- your ideas? > > Hi All! > > Can I pick your brain on a project that I'm working on for CDSS?  It > relates to revenue sources for dances. > > Probably the obvious way to increase revenue is by incr

Re: [Organizers] The benefits of increased attendance --- your ideas? - follow up

2019-03-01 Thread Emily Addison via Organizers
of the room and the >> energy level will decline. >> >> Increasing attendance in the same hall will increase energy, excitement >> and enjoyment up to a point - then it starts getting crowded and everything >> does down hill from there (including dancer safety) >

[Organizers] Transition to ungendered dances

2019-08-09 Thread Tampa Friends Of Old-Time Dance via Organizers
For those of you who have transitioned to ungendered dances, was the transition slow or was it abrupt? Was a vote held by the membership or by the dance committee. Did you experience an increase in attendance or a decrease. We’re the changes due to new dancers coming, members returning

Re: [Organizers] Transition to ungendered dances

2019-08-09 Thread Dana Dwinell-Yardley via Organizers
reflection, I would have been in favor of a "cold-turkey" switch, but this way is OK, too, and was the compromise that all committee members could agree on. Attendance: We had very high attendance at the March trial dances. March is often a peak month for us, though, so it's hard to poin

[Organizers] Organizers Roundtable in Kansas

2020-01-28 Thread Margretta de Vries via Organizers
, increase attendance, improve retention, etc. Is there anyone here who has a lot of experience organizing events, who would be willing to lead/facilitate a session for folks in our region? I'd love to hear from you to see if we can make it work! Margretta de Vries

Re: [Organizers] Transition to ungendered dances

2019-08-09 Thread David Chandler via Organizers
the group per se. The result for Country Dance New York was to take another year to experiment with using Larks/Ravens and Gents/Ladies alternating weeks, with conscious attention to how dancers are responding, both in opinions and attendance. More data in a year! David Chandler On Fri, Aug 9, 2019

Re: [Organizers] Lower attendance this year?

2017-12-20 Thread Chrissy Fowler via Organizers
! Cheers, Chrissy From: Mary Collins <native...@gmail.com> Sent: Tuesday, December 19, 2017 4:48 PM To: Chrissy Fowler Subject: Re: [Organizers] Lower attendance this year? Chrissy, How exactly are you reaching those young people? Mary -Buffalo NY On Dec 6

Re: [Organizers] Lower attendance this year?

2017-12-20 Thread Donna Hunt via Organizers
Message- From: Chrissy Fowler via Organizers <organizers@lists.sharedweight.net> To: Mary Collins <native...@gmail.com>; organizers <organiz...@sharedweight.net> Sent: Wed, Dec 20, 2017 3:31 pm Subject: Re: [Organizers] Lower attendance this year? Hi Mary, A few thoughts

Re: [Organizers] Lower attendance this year?

2017-12-20 Thread Mary Collins via Organizers
. Cute story: Since we've been struggling with this for YEARS...this happened in the 90's in Ithaca.It was more than likely a Geo. Marshall dance and there were many young people in attendance. So, I suggested to the 4 or 5 people who had travelled from our home dance for this event, that when we could

Re: [Organizers] Organizers Digest, Vol 37, Issue 1

2018-02-15 Thread Paul Pindris via Organizers
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

Re: [Organizers] Lower attendance this year?

2017-12-20 Thread Peter K Martel via Organizers
dance and there > were many young people in attendance. So, I suggested to the 4 or 5 people > who had travelled from our home dance for this event, that when we could > engage any of the young people in conversation, we should ask them how they > came to contra and why

[Organizers] Great posters/flyers/schedules/handouts????

2018-10-22 Thread Emily Addison via Organizers
from across North America to share among local organizers. All the kind of material you would use to ***BOOST ATTENDANCE. Think flyers, posters, schedules, little handouts, beginner info sheets etc... ... that kind of thing. If you feel your local organization does print material well

[Organizers] Next CDSS web chat: Increasing Youth Involvement - registration open now

2018-12-21 Thread Emily Addison via Organizers
ith *Boosting Attendance* and *Creating a Thriving Open Band*, check out: /resources/howto/organizers-resources#cdss-web-chats <https://www.cdss.org/resources/how-to/organizers-resources#cdss-web-chats>. Please share these links with any organizers you know who might benefit from this v

[Organizers] Registration open for next CDSS web chat: Family/Community Dance Organizer Unite!

2019-03-08 Thread Emily Addison via Organizers
web chats:* Check out our previous web chats to hear tried-and-true stories about Boosting Attendance, Creating a Thriving Open Band, and Increasing Youth Involvement. https://www.cdss.org/resources/how-to/organizers#cdss-web-chats <https://www.cdss.org/resources/how-to/organizers#cdss-web-ch

Re: [Organizers] Transition to ungendered dances

2019-08-09 Thread Laur via Organizers
wrote: For those of you who have transitioned to ungendered dances, was the transition slow or was it abrupt?  Was a vote held by the membership or by the dance committee.  Did you experience an increase in attendance or a decrease.  We’re the changes due to new dancers coming, members

Re: [Organizers] Transition to ungendered dances

2019-08-09 Thread Laur via Organizers
to ungendered dances, was the transition slow or was it abrupt?  Was a vote held by the membership or by the dance committee.  Did you experience an increase in attendance or a decrease.  We’re the changes due to new dancers coming, members returning or leaving.  Any information on the transition would

Re: [Organizers] Organizers Digest, Vol 37, Issue 1

2018-02-15 Thread Heitzso via Organizers
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

Re: [Organizers] Lower attendance this year?

2018-02-18 Thread Heitzso via Organizers
This is an old thread, but recently had interest from an active retirement community to teach contra, which we started last week. The active retirement community is a gated community with lots of resources, e.g. indoor and outdoor pools, ballroom, maybe a

Re: [Organizers] Lower attendance this year?

2018-02-27 Thread Heitzso via Organizers
If I'm reading this correctly, I'd like to note that "zesty" versus "community" is not determined by geography, i.e. rural versus urban, but rather one of the culture that's been available/created/nourished/stumbled-upon. In my region you have Harvest Moon that runs both the River Falls dance

[Organizers] mini-beginner contra courses - ideas?

2018-04-21 Thread Emily Addison via Organizers
than usual, etc)... ... still we don't retain as many of those folks as we'd like. AND since we still haven't fully bounced back from a surprise drop in attendance September 2016, we're trying to get creative. One idea we'd like to try next year is a mini beginners course. Has anyone done

Re: [Organizers] outdoor dances in parks?

2019-04-08 Thread Terri Widergren via Organizers
nces, May and June, this year they're sponsoring 4, May-Aug. Our hope is to break even by donations for band and caller. I appreciate the feedback to have the caller adapt to surface, we will encourage them to do that. Our dances begin at 6pm with 30 minute beginner lesson and end at 9. Attendance

Re: [Organizers] Advertising for dance weekends

2019-10-09 Thread Jonathan Roveto via Organizers
into actual attendance). This requires a bit of social media presence in the first place, though (e.g., having a Facebook Page for your local dance or weekend) but is to me far more effective than flyers. Finally, make sure your site is on http://www.contradancelinks.org. Not a ton of people use

Re: [Organizers] Ideas for connecting family dances with contra

2017-10-12 Thread Perry Shafran via Organizers
that even on evenings with good attendance, the last few dances of the evening were very small. To get people to stay until the end, we then attempted a 7:30 to 10:30 dance.  And people were indeed more willing to stay to the end, BUT it's still the weekday and now the problem was at the beginning

Re: [Organizers] Taking admission

2017-12-29 Thread Alan Winston via Organizers
for it. We switched over to have not only a supporter/regular/member/student or low income scale but a "pay what you can" option (which can be zero, though not negative!) at a time when attendance at our contras was getting pretty low, and contras - Palo Alto first - were getting r

Re: [Organizers] Lower attendance this year?

2018-02-18 Thread Chrissy Fowler via Organizers
Glad Heitzo reintroduced this thread, as I'd dropped the ball on responding to Alex. Responses below. And about that focus group, it was lovely. We ended up with fewer respondents than we anticipated, but what got shared was quite juicy, and it spawned a project to further document our

Re: [Organizers] mini-beginner contra courses - ideas?

2018-04-22 Thread Heitzso via Organizers
nce free cards, smiley stickers to ID so regular dancers even more supportive than usual, etc)... ... still we don't retain as many of those folks as we'd like.  AND since we still haven't fully bounced back from a surprise drop in attendance September 2016

Re: [Organizers] Ideas for revenue BEYOND the door entry price (Winston, Alan P.)

2018-12-04 Thread Terri Widergren via Organizers
a month, and have a raffle with items we've had donated by local businesses It does not bring in much revenue, but we only average about 24-28 in attendance. Depending on the item, we make between $20-40. We do have to have a license with our State's gambling commission which has its own cost

Re: [Organizers] Ideas for revenue BEYOND the door entry price (Winston, Alan P.)

2018-12-04 Thread Terri Widergren via Organizers
month, and have a raffle with items we've had > donated by local businesses It does not bring in much revenue, but we only > average about 24-28 in attendance. Depending on the item, we make between > $20-40. We do have to have a license with our State's gambling commission > which

[Organizers] Re: Booking callers for the fall?

2020-06-01 Thread Ron Blechner via Organizers
ncern is community attitude. If the > community isn’t ready to dance in September we will pause until October. At > that time hold a dance watch attendance and move forward from there. > > We hold 2 contra dances a month. One Sunday “just fun” dance and one > English dance per month. > > We have

[Organizers] Re: Booking callers for the fall?

2020-06-01 Thread Laur via Organizers
is community attitude. If the community isn’t ready to dance in September we will pause until October. At that time hold a dance watch attendance and move forward from there.  We hold 2 contra dances a month. One Sunday “just fun” dance and one English dance per month.  We have not made a decision

[Organizers] Re: Booking callers for the fall?

2020-06-02 Thread Walker Sloan via Organizers
that time hold a dance watch attendance and move forward from there. We hold 2 contra dances a month. One Sunday “just fun” dance and one English dance per month. We have not made a decision in Grand Rapids and Lansing Laurie Pietravalle West MI Country Dancing in

Re: [Organizers] Organizers Digest, Vol 44, Issue 6

2018-12-05 Thread Katie Olmstead via Organizers
teers. We > are a fairly inexperienced group and coordinating the dances, but we're > committed! > > We do one contra dance a month, and have a raffle with items we've had > donated by local businesses It does not bring in much revenue, but we only > average about 24-28 in attendance. Depend