• Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact

  • BIDA Attendance

    December 19th, 2017
    bida  [html]
    In late 2016 several organizers noticed that attendance at their dances had been down, and I ran the numbers for BIDA. At the time I didn't see much. Rerunning the numbers now, however, it does look like attendance is down:


    This graph excludes special events, so no Sparks, Family Dances, etc.

    My guess is that there's always some amount of people coming in and going out, and that BIDA isn't doing as well as it had been at attracting new dancers. But it could also be that the rate at which people leave has gone up; I don't have a good idea.

    I was curious whether the switch to Larks/Ravens contributed, but the first dance where we tried that out was 2017-04-02 and the downward trend starts over a year earlier:

    (The dance is still a lot of fun at the size it was in 2011-2013, but it generally feels better at the larger size. Also the finances work out better with more dancers. [1])

    Update 2018-03-15: Since writing this, our attendance has recovered some. The five non-special-event dances too recent to be included in this data have averaged 121 people.

    Update 2018-04-23: And still more improvement:


    [1] While this puts attendance back in the range it was in 2011-2013, expenses are higher now. The main changes are:

    • Rent has gone up several times, from ~$200 to $450/night.
    • Increasing pay for callers and musicians from $75 to $100

    Comment via: google plus, facebook

    Recent posts on blogs I like:

    Learning Worst Industry Practices

    If I have a bad idea and you have a bad idea and we exchange them, we now have two bad ideas. But more than that. If I have a bad idea and you have a good idea and we exchange them, we should both land on your good idea – but that requires both […]

    via Pedestrian Observations September 20, 2020

    Collections: Iron, How Did They Make It? Part I, Mining

    This week we are starting a four-part look at pre-modern iron and steel production. As with our series on farming, we are going to follow the train of iron production from the mine to a finished object, be that a tool, a piece of armor, a simple nail, a w…

    via A Collection of Unmitigated Pedantry September 18, 2020

    Learning Game

    I came up with this game. In the game one person thinks of something and then gives the other person a clue. And the other person writes a guess down on a blackboard or a piece of paper. Or really anything you have that's laying around that's av…

    via Lily Wise's Blog Posts September 17, 2020

    more     (via openring)


  • Posts
  • RSS
  • ◂◂RSS
  • Contact