Happy dance organizers!
POTD2: Hands Across the Border Conference – March 20-22, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario
Thanks to all who came to Puttin’ On The Dance 2 and made it such a success!
Thank you also to our sponsors who made the conference possible… The Country Dance and Song Society, The Old Sod Folk Music Society’s Ottawa Contra Dance, the New England Dancing Masters, the New England Folk Festival Association, the Down East Friends of the Folk Arts, and Country Dance Society Boston Centre!
Now available here!
Enjoy hundreds of of POTD2 photos thanks to our photographers – Simon, Sharon and Ed!
This archive is offered as a resource for POTD2 conferees to either recall content of sessions they attended or get a sense of ones they missed. We also hope folks who weren’t at the conference will be inspired by the juicy and useful info collected herein. Enjoy the POTD2 Archive ~ and happy dance organizing!
What is available?
Each of the following session titles is linked to a summary of the session. These summaries were created thanks to the help of many conference attendees who volunteered to be our note-takers. In some cases session leaders also shared presentations and/or handouts, and links to these are provided as well.
Please feel free to use this material to support your own efforts as dance organizers, while respecting the intellectual property of our generous presenters.
Strand 1. STRENGTHENING OUR DANCE ORGANIZATIONS: Successful organizations keep seeking ways to stay fresh and relevant. Whether your dance is run by a board, committee, or just you, these sessions will provide support for building a strong infrastructure.
- Creating a Happy, Healthy Volunteer Base: Ways to engage and retain volunteers to sustain our dances, Tara Bolker, Maxine Louie
- Navigating Transitions: Strategies for evolving from a “one-person show” to an organizing team, Linda Henry
- Happy Dance Boards and Committees: Growing a thriving, productive, and fun dance committee, Stephen Gabe, Michael Kerman
- Fundraising Strategies and Tips for Dance Organizations: Broadening our views for supporting dances, Rima Dael, Patty Giavara, Nancy Turner
- Powerpoint presentation
- Handout: Fifty-Three Ways for Board Members to Raise $1000, Kim Klein
- Handout: 8 ways to raise $2,500 (or more) in 10 days (or less…), Kim Klein
- Non-Profit Management: Updating and strengthening our administrative foundation, Catherine Burns, Rima Dael, Nancy Turner
- Dance Weekend 101: Streamlining the organization of weekend dance events, Adam Broome, Jaige Trudel
Strand 2. IMPROVING KEY ELEMENTS OF OUR DANCES: Here’s a variety of resources for working with callers, musicians, dancers and sound engineers to create thriving dances across the genres.
- Behind the Scenes: Building constructive relations between performers and organizers, Adam Broome, Adina Gordon, Jaige Trudel
- Problem Dancers: Proactive management and response; creating a dance environment safe for all, Will Loving
- Growing Local Talent: Helping our budding callers and musicians grow and succeed, Luke Donforth, Cedar Stanistreet
- Sound Design for Social Dance: Understanding the challenges of engineering sound for live music, Greg Brown
Strand 3. GROWING AND SUSTAINING A HEALTHY DANCE SERIES: Successful organizations don’t stand still! Here are valuable approaches and practical tools for expanding our outreach, finding new audiences, increasing our attenDANCE and more.
- Beyond Publicity: Getting new dancers to come and come back, Tara Bolker, Emily Addison
- Beyond New Dancers: Upping your attendance by preaching to the converted, Emily Addison, Tara Bolker
- Growing Younger: Engaging youth for a sustainable future, Danielle Boudreau, Abigail Hobart
- Engaging Families in your (not necessarily “Family”) Dance: Exploring the best strategy for a successful dance series, Chrissy Fowler
- Welcoming Diverse Populations: Examining ways to make a welcoming dance community for everyone, Sophia Donforth, Julia Bennett
- Shoot for the Moon: Organizers’ roles in shaping the future of traditional dance, Danielle Boudreau, David Millstone
Whole Group Exercises from Plenary Sessions
- Impact/Feasibility Assessment to address “Roadblocks and Potholes”
- Peer Feedback Circles
- Paper Airplanes: We committed to actions, wrote them on paper airplanes, and sent them off. The peer who retrieved our airplane will remind us of our commitment…