Contra ... the final frontier.
Contra ... the final frontier.
Q: Should I dress up on Saturday night?
A: Are you kidding? Dressing "in theme" on Saturday night is an Atlanta Dance Weekend tradition and when are you going to get a better chance to channel your inner Trekkie?
...Go for it!!
Q: Is registration gender balanced?
A: Not deliberately. And even when equal numbers of men and women register for the weekend the balance among potential partners can be skewed at any given time since everyone isn't on the floor at the same time. Given that our collective goal is to dance as much as possible you are urged to ignore issues of gender when asking or being asked to dance.
Should you find yourself dancing an unfamiliar gender role, keep these tips in mind:
• The lady is usually on the right
• Gents hold hands palms up, ladies hold hands palms down
• Gents extend their left arm in a swing, ladies extend their right arm
• In a hands across star, the gents' clasped hands are usually above the ladies'.
Q: Do you have to have been dancing for years to attend this weekend?
A: Absolutely not!! We do not recommend that absolute novices attend as the weekend will definitely be more challenging than a regular dance but if you have been to a contra dance in Atlanta or elsewhere at least three times you should be fine.*
*WARNING: If you have any question about your level of dance expertise do NOT make the mistake of pairing up with another inexperienced dancer -- that risks creating contra entropy as you go up and down the line.
Q: Is there a deadline for requesting housing?
A: Yes. October 22, 2017.
Download a list of local hotels and motels.
Q: Whom do I contact with housing-related questions?
A: Please contact our Housing Committee at Atlanta.Dance.Weekend.Housing@gmail.comAtlanta.Dance.Weekend.Housing@gmail.com
Q: When will I hear who is providing my housing / Who my guest(s) are?
A: Not until about 2 weeks before the dance. The housing coordinator will contact you once housing matches are made after the housing cut off has passed (October 22).
Q: Where do I meet my host / guest(s)?
A: We will have a rendezvous location at the Hall so that you can meet up with your host/guest at the beginning of Break on Friday evening.
Q: What if I can't get to the dance until really late on Friday night or even until Saturday morning?
A: You will be given email and telephone contact information for your host as soon as the assignments are made, please use it to get in touch ahead of time, particularly if you don't think that you are going to make the rendezvous at the beginning of break on Friday. It causes hosts a lot of anxiety when guests don't warn them in advance that they will be coming late or not coming at all. NOTE: We keep a list of no-shows and if we get a report from your host that you failed to show without notifying them in advance we won't be providing you with housing in the future.
Q: I'm not sure I can make it for the whole weekend. May I register in advance for just certain sessions?
Q: Something dire has happened and I can't come to Starship CCD after all. May I get a refund?
A: See details on the Registration page.
Q: I'm short on cash, but I'd love to help out -- do you have work scholarships available?
A: Unfortunately not. Please don't petition us for an exception to this -- as hard as it will be to say “No,” we'll say it anyway.
Q: Where do I find food in Decatur?
A: LOTS of places. If you turn left out of the Dec Rec front door and walk a block or two you will be tummy-deep in more restaurants than you can shake a Rigelian Hypnoid at. Want more details? Check out this Decatur Chamber of Commerce "Taste of Decatur" link.
Q: Is the Sunday brunch Potluck?
A: Yes. Our Sunday community brunch is a cherished opportunity for dancers to gather, relax, chat, and gear up for the final push to Nirvana. WE NEED YOUR HELP in putting food on the table.
CCD will provide plates, cutlery, serving utensils, and ambiance. That leaves a LOT of room on the table!! Please help us fill it!!!
Q: Who can come to the potluck brunch on Sunday?
A: Everyone!! Entry to the brunch is complimentary for dancers with a full weekend registration and is included in the pay-as-you-go price for Sunday so bring some food to share and come join the party.