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Sunday, March 19th 2017

4:52 PM

I make no excuses - -

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for posting this again - -

"Are You Dancing?"

 

Here's a site (I have no connection or vested interest) that offers both free and paid listings for dances, lessons, and classes for the whole of the UK.

http://www.areyoudancing.com

on a self-entry basis.  A paid ad costs £10 + VAT for a year so that's coppers a week - - but of course you can try a freebie ad first - try before you buy I suppose.

Link should work, but you may have to cut and paste into your browser - - -

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Sunday, March 12th 2017

5:45 PM

NATD New Dances

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NATD New Dances

Caister Quickstep - Eric and Linda Dodds

Paradise Blues - Barry Earnshaw and Beverley Murch-Fowkes

Morton Mambo - Eric and Linda Dodds

Congratulations to both couples.

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Tuesday, March 7th 2017

9:54 PM

Scotland's loss, Spain's gain

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Bumped into Raymond Chuchuk at Derek's dancing tonight, he's moved out here for a while and is taking new bookings in the area to do live music for SD and MSD, BIG sound with his Electronics Accordion. Danced to Raymond at the Dornoch Hotel a few times, up in the Highlands.

Should do well as he knows SD and what is needed.

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Saturday, February 25th 2017

12:49 PM

Next Round of Dances and us on Hols

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We'll be off in (hopefully) the sunshine on holiday when the next lot of dances are out, but I will try to update as soon as I learn of them to keep you all up-to-date.

Meantime, Keep on Dancing!

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Tuesday, February 21st 2017

10:25 AM

A quick Reminder about Holidays

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You can post details of any Dance Holidays you may organise onto the "Dancing Events"pages, see the links alongside or on any main website page.

If you're thinking of a Dance holiday, check out the same pages to see if there's anything to suit you?

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Thursday, February 9th 2017

5:25 PM

"Are You Dancing?"

Here's a site (I have no connection or vested interest) that offers both free and paid listings for dances, lessons, and classes for the whole of the UK.

http://www.areyoudancing.com

on a self-entry basis.  A paid ad costs £10 + VAT for a year so that's coppers a week - - but of course you can try a freebie ad first - try before you buy I suppose.

After I've finished this Fridays programme, I think I'll give it a whirl -- what to lose?

Link should work, but you may have to cut and paste into your browser - - -

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Monday, February 6th 2017

4:06 PM

Not just MSD - -

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Been hearing that some other areas of dance are also suffering dwindling numbers despite the annual increase in enquiries "aprés strictly". Fielded three queries on Ballroom/Latin out to other teachers in the area - we find running classes a tad stressing wondering if we will get enough to cover costs each week.

Also an enquiry about Sequence tuition to deal with today or tomorrow, but no partner and never danced.

And Dancesport seems to be shrinking also - - when we danced in Comps there would be competitions every weekend of the year,  up here there's now only three or four in the whole year, so dancers have to plan to travel to compete. Sad, but true!

 

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Sunday, February 5th 2017

2:00 PM

Settling down

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Things seem to be settling down after the seasonal break - - new dances out, including a Quickstep, and all seeming well liked. Doesn't though, seem to be affecting the steady decline in Modersn Sequence numbers.  Various of the venues we attend are steadily declining in numbers, age, illness and failings of memory appear to be the main culprits.

Is the solution to cater more generally? We added a couple of Ballroom dances to each of our programmes at our Tea Dance on Fridays at Carrickvale - website - http://www.carrickvalesdc.co.uk and this, together with keeping some of the oldies but goodies and also adding in some simpler modern sequence dances is showing us a steady (small though) increase in numbers.

Also I'm adding links where I can, there's a few dance websites that allow a free entry in different areas and styles, and hwo knows, for the few minutes work involved, even another two couples coming along can make a big difference at some venues. I will try and add a listing odf these for those who want to follow through on this one.

Take Care and Keep on Dancing

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Sunday, January 22nd 2017

11:06 AM

Smaller Venues at Inventives

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Some comments about the size of floor at Dunston and the recent NCDTA Inventive.

Fine about the comments on the size of venues, but also notice that it's all part of the general decline in MSD numbers - - if you want to pay £30 a ticket OR MORE for a day's Inventive comp, then that's OK! - - to hire a bigger hall

The ADA at Southport for example is to be in the smaller venue at the Prince of Wales hotel which is lovely, but definitely smaller than the Floral Halls - - lack of numbers in MSD to blame?

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Saturday, January 14th 2017

5:09 PM

ThreeNew Ones out tomorrow

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so the year starts again - - and where do we go from here with attendances falling in Modern Sequence, but increasing in many Social Sequence Clubs?

Is there any way to keep numbers up and folks coming into MSD? - - 'twould be good if there was.

Come Damce with Us - - you can enter your Dance Event or MSD or SSD club on the Dance Events page. Enter it yourself, take the "Dance Event" link from the sidebar on any main page of the site.

Take Care, Keep on Dancing!

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