By Julie Bermant — May 17, 2017
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.
Have you ever wanted to learn how to call contra dances? Learn from Bob Isaacs! The series will be run 4 Saturdays in the Fall: 9/15, 9/29, 10/20, and 11/3/18, 12:00-4:00 PM at the Guiding Star Grange in Greenfield.
By Liz Sturgen
One of the most visible things the Friends of Greenfield Dance does is put on special events! These are the products of the hardworking Events Committee, currently composed of Liz Sturgen, Katie Olmstead, and Kate Kelliher, with the help and support of the FGD board members.
By Orin Nisenson
What is a Hambo? Hambo is a traditional dance that originated in Sweden in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is a couple dance in 3/4 time, danced to music played with a strong accent on the first beat and a tempo that varies from moderate to fast (100 to 120 beats per minute). The Hambo is a dance with a fixed pattern and tunes almost always have a corresponding eight measure structure.
Many hands make light work when we all come together to help clean our beloved Guiding Star Grange dance hall.