On May 17, 2017, 17 organizers and FGD board members met for our fourth organizers’ meeting. After a delicious potluck meal, we settled into a discussion about issues related to the Grange and the dances held there.
Discussion included introducing the new closing list. The need for the list came out of previous discussions concerning clean up and lock up after a dance, and realizing that expectations had to be outlined clearly since so many different groups are responsible for those duties.
Organizers spoke frankly about attendance, admission prices and guarantees for bands and callers. Ways to increase attendance were brainstormed, and there was a brief discussion about advertising.
Ron Blechner shared responses from the recent survey the Amherst dance group had completed. He is continuing to look at the data to try to determine trends and patterns, and to determine the issues that are most important to local dancers. Ron stated he was looking for assistance in examining the data more completely.
The next meeting will be held in Greenfield, at the Grange. It will be held on a Sunday afternoon in October.
Join us for an experimental contra dance on a Sunday afternoon! Instead of ladies and gents, or even larks and ravens, caller Will Mentor will teach and prompt the dance using positions on the dance floor. Music by Dave Langford and Kristen Planeaux.
Save the date! Contra Prom 2020 will feature Gaye Fifer and Eloise & Company! More details to come…