Contrary to Popular Opinion: A Blog
We hope you all had a lovely time at the Shindig the other weekend. It was so wonderful to see so many of you! What a dance!
Now, for some complicated news. We recently received notice from Dayton Learning Center that informed us that we need to have proof of insurance to continue dancing there (or at any Rockingham County Public Schools facility). We've run into this issue before when looking for new locations for the Monday dance, but managed to find dance locations that did not require insurance, although they are far from ideal. So, thus far, we've avoided the added expense of annual insurance.
The SVCD Committee met this week to discuss what to do. After much debate, we decided that it would be in both dance's best interest to pursue insurance. We don't do this lightly, but feel that having insurance will allow us access to better dance locations, and at least allow us the opportunity to finish Dayton Dances through June at DLC.
We are asking for this community to circle the wagons and help us keep our dances going. You know that over the past year we have done a lot to fundraise, advertise, get new dancers, and reduce expenses, but this is an expense we just don't see a way to avoid. We hope that through incurring the expense of insurance, we can locate both dances at appropriate dance halls and expand our dancing communities.
We need your help though. We need to raise $800 for our annual insurance (which will cover all dances for Dayton and Monday), membership to the Country Dance and Song Society (which we need to get the best insurance rate we could find), and our non-profit renewal cost.
How you can help:
With all this going on, our intention is to still have the February Dayton Dance at the Dayton Learning Center however, please stay tuned for updated locations which will depend on available funds each month.
Keep on dancing,
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Happy Hiatus Dancers!
I feel like it has been forever since I've danced with you and I am so excited to see you at Massanetta on Monday, January 9 for our first dance of the new year! I hope you had a restful holiday break and are chomping at the bit to get back into the "swing" of contra. Oh, I am on a roll tonight; that is not my first pun of the day...nor my worst.
If I can direct your attention to schedule above, you'll notice that we have a new location for the 1st and 3rd Mondays! This is not a drill. This is not a drill. It's the real deal and if you go to Massanetta on January 16 you will be a very lonely dancer because we'll all be missing you while we dance at Emmanuel Episcopal on Main Street in Harrisonburg.
Also, notice there is no Saturday Dayton Dance in January because we all will be going to the SHENANDOAH SHINDIG! Yeah! If you haven't registered yet for the Shenandoah Shindig...GET ON IT because registration days are numbered. We are just one week away from awesome music by Mean Lids, Sligo Creek Stompers, and Go Figure, and calling by Gaye Fifer and Shawn Brenneman. Also scheduled is a Rush Fest and waltz, swing, clogging, and calling workshops! Don't miss out on this amazing dance weekend scheduled for January 13-15, 2017. Register today!
The Shindig is also looking for people willing to host some lovely, super-nice, out-of-town dancers for the dance weekend. If you have a spare 'oom, pull-out couch, cot, floor space, etc. and would be willing to demonstrate Harrisonburg-area hospitality, please contact Michelle or Sandy at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, we just started a GoFundMe campaign to continue to raise support to replace and expand our 20+ year old sound system. Our 50-50 raffle got us part of the way there, but we still need new microphone stands, connectors, cables, and microphones. Consider donating but you can also help by spreading the news. Share with friends and neighbors. Share on your Facebook wall. Visit our campaign by following this link. As we are a non-profit organization, donations are tax deductable. Sounds like a win-win to me.
As always, happy dancing!
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