A Community Resource for Traditional Dance, Music, and Song
Moderators & List Champions
How to Join
This mailing list welcomes organizers and those interested in organizing any form of traditional social dance. This includes contra, English country, traditional squares (e.g., Appalachian, New England, Quebecois, Cape Breton, etc), community/family/barn, ceili, Balfolk, and more!
Our goal is to support each other by:
Asking and answering questions that are of interest to organizers.
Discussing issues that come up in our communities.
Sharing resources that are helpful in organizing dance events.
Plan and announce organizer gatherings.
We discuss a wide variety of topics – the following are just a few examples to give you a taste!
Community safety and etiquette
Financial matters (admission fees, expenses)
How to increase attendance, including attracting youth
How to work with bands and callers
New organizers are especially encouraged to send questions to the group and learn from those with more experience -> we all started as beginners and even experienced organizers have lots to learn!
– Seth Seeger & Chris Weiler, list founders
From Seth Seeger & Chris Weiler (list founders): After a wonderful callers workshop at CDSS’s Pinewoods American Week in 2004, we decided that we wanted to try to keep the class going on in some way. We hoped that we could still draw on the support from Tom Hinds and the other experienced callers as well as their knowledge. To that end, we created the callers e-mail discussion group to discuss contra and traditional square dance calling.
With the callers list well established and a wonderful community built, we felt that it was time to expand the mission of SharedWeight to the other aspects of producing a traditional contra or square dance. We then added mailing lists for organizers and musicians to support each other and help those new to their roles grow and thrive. As organizers and musicians ourselves now, we hope to create similar places to the callers’ list where learning and discussion is encouraged.
The current list champions are Claire Takemori, David Chandler, Mac McKeever, and Emily Addison.
List champions actively support the list by promoting its existence and encouraging conversation. If you would like to become a list champion, reach out to Chris and Seth.
How to Join
You can subscribe to the dance organizers list in one of two ways:
Signing up for a Shared Weight account prior to subscribing.
Subscribing without creating an account.
Creating an account takes a few more steps but they are quick and having an account has definite advantages. This includes that you can manage your Shared Weight messages (e.g., sign up to receive the digest version – helpful if you want to limit the number of emails in your inbox)
Click ‘Sign Up’ in the top right corner. Then follow the instructions to create an account. Note –> your username can’t have a space.
Check your email inbox and follow the instructions in the confirmation email. This will lead you to the login page.
Once you are logged in, click on the list you want to join and then click ‘Subscribe’. Note -> You can use the same account to subscribe to more than one list! Add your email address. We highly recommend that you also add your name – the Shared Weight lists are a supportive community and it’s good for folks to know who you are!
One you have a Shared Weight account and have subscribed to the list(s), you can manage your settings. Check out our technical FAQ page.
Follow these steps to subscribe without an account:
FAQs specific to the dance organizer list are coming soon.
In the meantime, if you have technical questions about how the list works, please check out the technical FAQ page. If you still haven’t found the answer to your question, email the list moderators – Chris Weiler and Seth Seeger.