|April 4th, 2012|
|events, ideas, trycontra [html]|
What dances and meetups have in common is that they are loosely franchised  repeating events. It's silly to build complex sites like the Dance Gypsy for each community that's interested, and because that's so much work many communities that might benefit from one don't have it.
What if there were some sort of locator site? One person would use it
to create a contra dance 'community'
locatorwhatever.com/c/contras, someone else make
locatorwhatever.com/c/lesswrong and maybe another would do
locatorwhatever.com/c/quakers. The main page for each
section would be a place for you to enter your zip code and see nearby
gatherings. Either the admin for a community would be responsible for
keeping it up to date or they could delegate to people from each local
gathering (so maybe Don would
Sally would do
locatorwhatever.com/c/contras/BIDA but someone
else would manage all of
Each entry would be pretty minimal, with the organization's own
website providing most of the detail. Maybe you'd just have name,
location, schedule pattern, time, contact, and website. If you wanted
to get fancy you could allow admins to add special fields that were
relevant only to their kind of event (experience level, style, age
range). Maybe include reminder email list management?
Please tell me that this already exists, is good, and I can start using it?
Update 2014-03-03: I made one of these just for contra: trycontra.com. You could easily adapt it to other communities, but I wasn't interested enough to do this.
 There's no umbrella organization for contra dances, but they're pretty similar all over the country.