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Thread #163266   Message #3894932
Posted By: Mysha
20-Dec-17 - 12:19 PM
Thread Name: the teaching of dancing
Subject: RE: the teaching of dancing

I have no idea about how specific styles of dancing influence what is needed to have a good time and want to come back. But:

- Invite people to come back, both on paper and as the speaker;
- Have a prominent list of when the events are;
- Tell people when the next event will be;
- Offer the possibility to get on a mailing list for announcements;
- Make sure there's always a special (e.g. themed) event on the list.

- Whatever you do, get people on the floor:
-- Do whatever simple dance you can as a snow ball (Works great on festive occasions.);
-- Have a specific group invite people to the floor - Women, men, those wearing [Interestingly, limiting who can take the initiative will raise the number of people on the floor.];
-- Triple dance: First demonstration group, second invite new partners, third anyone else who wants join in.

- Don't squeeze in all you can fit:
-- Have dances repeat instead, so they'll be familiar.
-- Give people time to breathe;
-- Mention the level of the dance. Fiendishly fast and difficult to so simple the only one who can't dance it is the wall;
-- Remember people are rarely there to dance, but usually are there to have a good time;

- Make sure there's always some fruit still out of reach.
-- Don't dumb down the entire evening to the point where there's no reason to come back;
-- Cater for the most experienced for at least one dance;
-- Occasionally do one-off-s, and make sure to announce them as special.

My turn for a question:
- How could someone not know right foot from left foot?