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1, Survey about Dance Fees
We're thinking about replacing our TCD dance entrance fees with a sliding scale "pick your price" option. Our goal would be to make dances more affordable to those on limited incomes, while still maintaining at least our current income (because we need that to stay solvent!) Of course, for a sliding scale to work, some people would have to choose to pay more than they do now. We wouldn't be asking dancers any questions about their income or anything - we'd just be asking at the door how much you want to pay..
One dance group that tried this said they actually took in more money with "pick your price" than with their regular fees. if we try this, we'll do it as a small test/pilot (one or two dances) first to see how it goes. But before we decide to even try it, we'd like to know what you think of the idea.
So please fill out this short survey. We very much value your opinion!
2, Fundraising Bake Sale Sign-Up
Calling all bakers and lovers of snacks! We're looking to build a fund to replace our aging sound equipment and help with other financial needs that arise in the process of putting on our dances. This winter, we'll be trying a new fundraising effort: bake sales, with all proceeds going to Toronto Contra Dance.
If you are able and willing to provide baked goods (your own or purchased) for sale during the break, please use this form to sign up. We're all set for this Saturday's dance (Jan 13), but could use some help going forward!
Saturday Jan 27, 2019
AFTERNOON CONTRA DANCE
2 - 5 pm
for experienced dancers
5:00 - 7:00 pm Community potluck & chat
EVENING CONTRA DANCE
7:30 - 10:30 pm
Lake Effect (Rochester)
Join as a new member or renew your /semi/annual membership now and pay via PayPal here.
We are a contra dance community who loves getting together for evenings of great music, great dancing, and great fun. Contra dance is a traditional dance style similar to square dancing. We dance to live music, and a caller leads us through the steps of each dance. The music comes from the Scots-Irish and French Canadian traditions, but is often played with a modern twist.
If you are not familiar with contra dancing, we invite you to watch these videos to get a sense of the dance, the music, and the community.
Everyone is welcome! Singles, couples, families, LGBTQ friendly. We welcome new dancers of all ages, quite literally with open arms!
If you can walk, you can contra dance! No experience required. We always offer a free Basics Class from 7:00 - 7:30 pm, and each dance is taught before it is danced. We change partners between each dance, and you will find that experienced dancers seek out new ones to help them along.
Please Come Dance with Us
Every 2nd, 4th, and 5th Saturday evening, from September through mid-June. Regular evening dances are held 7:30 - 10:30 pm, with a Basics Class at 7:00 pm. We sometimes add an advanced level dance from 2:00 - 5:00 pm. See our schedule for details (fall, spring).
St. Barnabas Anglican Church Hall, 175 Hampton Avenue, near Chester subway station (detailed directions). There is municipal parking and street parking nearby. If you are driving from farther away, you may be interested in MTO traveller information (road closures, traffic cameras, etc).
Regular admission: Non-members: $15, Members: $12
Student admission: Non-members: $10, Members $8
Children (16 and under): free
Receive a Second Dance Free card on your first visit.
Shoes, clothing, fragrances:
St. Barnabas has asked us to respect their shoe policy, which is that no street shoes are worn in the gym. Please bring a clean pair of shoes to change into. Any wide-heeled, soft-soled shoes are fine. More details.
Dress casually and comfortably, keeping in mind that it gets quite warm in the dance hall – even in winter. Skirts, shorts, and jeans are all common.
We ask you to refrain from wearing scented products, in consideration of fellow dancers who may be allergic to them. Your thoughtfulness is appreciated.
We provide water throughout our events and free cider at the break. Please help us reduce our environmental impact by bringing your own cup or water bottle.