Archive for September, 2008


As the half-dozen people who made it to the September Party already know, we didn’t have enough people attending to actually dance.  While the time spent talking and sharing the munchies we had brought was pleasant, we would rather not spend the money on renting the hall if we aren’t going to dance.   We have had similar situations at several parties during the last year — enough to dance, but just barely.  We have begun to wonder if we could get better attendance if it wasn’t a monthly event, but about every 2-3 months, giving us more time to prepare the dances in class, and giving all of us with busy schedules a chance to reserve those times to come dance.

The suggestion is to cancel the November party, as it falls on or near Veteran’s day and people often go away for the long weekend.  That would mean that we would just have the two most popular fall parties, October and December, dates when we will have live music.

For spring the suggestion is a mock ball, with recorded music and the upcoming ball program, in either March or April, the ball in May and the Ceilidh in June, skipping January and February which are usually poorly attended.

We need to have some discussion of this.  We don’t want to deprive people of opportunities to dance, but we need to have enough people at the parties to make rent.  We will have to be making the decision fairly soon, so we can release the hall if we aren’t using it, and make sure we get the word out to everybody about whatever changes are made in the schedule.

Please use the comments to express your opinion on this.  The branch committee wants your point of view, and we won’t get it if you don’t tell us.


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…before performing at the International Folk Dance in Old Sacramento tomorrow.

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Another day rehearsing for the International Dance Featival.

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Our first practice…

…for the upcoming International Folk Dance Festival was held today (Saturday 9/6/2008) from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at YLI.

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Friday night class

We had six students and two teachers in class Friday evening (9/5/2008). We all had a good time. Martha and John have yet to return from their trip to the Brittish Isles.

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