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    (01/16/2009 wh)

Things to do and plan for at Weekend-Long Dance events, (such as this week's Atlantic Sea Shore C/W Gala)

1. The number one detail is to plan in advance. This comes right out of the Steve Buttice playbook on surviving weekend events. You have to check the schedule as soon as possible. Check the web for the estimated schedule now.

 

2. Another of Steve's survival tips is to shift your day to plan around workshops and nightly dancing. You may need to take a mid-day nap to get in all your sleep hours but that's how you survive.

 

3. Plan your meals well. If the schedule shows non-stop workshops during lunch pack a sandwich and take it with you. There seems to be plenty of drinking water out but it's smart to pack a bottle of water anyway.

 

4. Know your limitations on workshops. I can't remember complex patterns without lots of repetition so I opt for the technique classes. Some workshop instructors have a reputation for fast paced classes. Others teach almost a full routine in a one hour class. If you are like me and forget easily stay clear of them. There are plenty of other workshops to choose from. Remember that many instructors who are not so "famous" are great to learn from also. Sometimes even better.

 

5. If you plan to compete in the future, sit and watch the competitions. You can learn a lot about presentation and appearance just by watching others dance. See who would catch your eye if you were a judge. You may not be able to pickup any cool moves by watching but you sure can tell what not to do.

 

6. If you are a lady plan to ask men to dance. There are just too many lady dancers in the ballroom and if you want to dance you won't get to by sitting around waiting. Men, you need to ask as many different ladies to dance as you can get away with. You will really find out what leading is all about.

 

7. Look at what the vendors are offering. The clothes, shoes, music, videos and jewelry are for dancers. This is almost the only place where you can see it all at one time. If you find something you like but can't afford check back several times. Some of the vendors put stuff on sale later in the weekend.

 

8. If you like the event ask about buying a pass for next year. Some of the event directors will sell next years weekend passes at very good prices. Just keep in mind that few offer refunds even for sickness. Also check out hotel reservations for next year.

 

9. Concentrate on what you like best but try to experience the entire event. You may find something more interesting than you would have thought. Walk around the hotel during the event. Don't get stuck in one area. You may find a something going on that you weren't aware of.

 

10. Dress in comfortable clothes and shoes. If you stay up for the late (3 to 4am) swing dances you need comfortable shoes. If you are staying in the event hotel put out a change of clothes and take a break during the night.

 

11. If you liked the event find the event director and thank them. They hear many complaints during the weekend and a little praise goes a long ways toward making their day a little more bearable.

 

 

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