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lamarca Ceilidh Safety (24) RE: Ceilidh Safety 11 Sep 06

I used to drive up to Baltimore (in my more energetic and foolish youth) for a regular session at a now-defunct pub called The Gandy Dancer. There was a miniscule space in the middle of the pub that they laughingly called the dance floor, but we'd always find room for a couple of country sets.

There was one regular attendee that my friends and I called "Jumping Jack Flash", who always came in lace-up work boots. He tended to flail his arms and legs around a lot. I learned that it was actually safer to be in the same set with him than in adjacent set - you were less likely to be kicked on the fly!

At the US festivals for which I've worked crew, one of the Dance Tent chores has always been to completely sweep down the temporary, outdoors dance floor in between each musical set. The Dance Tent is always supplied with two industrial sized push brooms, and festival volunteers are specifically assigned a shift to do the sweeping and whatever mop-up is needed. Also, every stage at our outdoor festival is issued a "Stage Box" daily - the box is a large plastic storage container filled with dry erase markers for posting the daily schedule or changes, duct tape, Sharpie markers, several large plastic garbage bags for the backstage area, 2 rolls of paper towels and a dozen cloth "shop towels" - cheap cloth towels that are purchased in bags of 50-100 at a local hardware store. When the stage closes down for the day, the stage manager brings back the stage box and the dirty towels to our crew center, and is issued a new set of supplies as needed the next day.

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