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Recognize Hard Work

Every job I’ve ever had, had celebrations around tenure. Usually, employees were recognized after the first year, the fifth year, and every five years thereafter. If dancer retention is important to you, to your club, and to your region, why don’t you...

A Secret for New Dancer Retention

Something that I advocated 10+ years ago was for coordinating student activities in geographic regions. (In Washington state, we have area councils.) Come September, starting when lessons begin, there should be a student dance every week in every council. Yes, the...

Goldilocks and the Three Complaining Bears

Here’s a parable for 21st century square dancers.  Three bears were at a dance.  The Papa Bear said, “This dance is too hard!.”  The Mama Bear said, “This dance is fun!”  The Baby Bear said, “I’m having a great time but my dad...

The Purpose of Hearing Enhancement

What is the purpose of hearing enhancement? Is it to hear more? Or, is it to hear better? If it is more, than you should feed both music and voice through the hearing enhancement system. However, if it is to hear better, what is it that people need to hear better to...

How do you learn?

How do you learn? Do you learn by reading? Do you learn by watching? Do you learn by listening? Nearly everyone learns by doing a combination of these three things. However, most of the time, we learn by what we do instead of what we’re told. Yes, the input...

Be social. Be respectful.

This past summer, Laura and I attended a couple of dances that left me shaking my head. If politeness was measured on a spectrum, what I saw fell between inconsiderate and rude. The issues were twofold. First, the loud talking on (near) the dance floor by people when...