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Thinking about organizing a weekend

May 8th, 2018
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I'm thinking about organzing a dance weekend here. There are lots of events around here already, but it feels to me like there's a bit of a gap for something that is:

  • On good public transit: you don't need a car, dancers in the city can get to the dance easily.

  • Financially accessible: sliding scale admission, generally low-cost format. Non-residential so people can save money by staying with friends if they want.

  • Larks/Ravens: there's still much more demand for gender-free calling than there are gender-free dances.

There are other things I care about and would want to include in a weekend (open band sessions, etc) but even those three characteristics are rare and especially are rare together.

I'm thinking about something Friday-Sunday at the Cambridge Masonic Hall, some time during cold season when we can get good window ventilation. The weekend of 2019-03-09 looks to be about as far from the timing of other events as possible, and is a time when the hall is available.

I'm not sure yet what 'brand' this would be under: maybe BIDA if other organizers are interested, maybe the Free Raisins, maybe it's own thing. I'd like to bring Amy and Audrey out to play; as you might guess I'm more motivated to make this happen if we're playing.

Early stages of thinking about it, looking for feedback.


[1] NEFFA, YDW, Form the Ocean, Swing into Summer, Pinewoods Fourth of July, Pinewoods American Week, Pinewoods Campers Week, Pinewoods Family Week, Pinewoods ESC, Pinewoods Labor Day, LCFD Spring, LCFD Fall, FRFF, Portland Triple Decker, DEFFA, Star Hampshire, Adirondack, Greenfield Fall Frolic, Labor Day Dawn Dance, Memorial Day Dawn Dance, etc. An average of two per month, especially concentrated in the warmer months.

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