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Capital Callers and Cuers Association

Presented by: Ralph Lambert

Date: September 19, 2004

 

MC’ing A DANCE

 

There are lots of things to be done prior to and at dance to be MC’d.  Some of them are as follows:

 

PRIOR TO THE DANCE:

·         Invitations to be on dance program, if invitation only program, (may be done by sponsoring organization).

 

PROGRAMMING THE DANCE:

·         From sign-in list at door, in order that they came through the door.

·         From responses to invitation.

·         Pre-rounds, pre-squares, etc.         Who?

·         Dance

·         Try to mix-in stronger and weaker callers or cuers.

·         Dance program typed-up and available at stage, sign-in table, posted, etc.

·         Depending on length of dance, and number of callers/cuers to participate, decide on full tips and split tips for both callers and cuers.

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DUTIES AT DANCE:

·         Provide and set up sound, speakers, amplifier, record player, CD player, mini-disc player, mixer, hearing enhancement, etc.

·         Greeting callers/cuers on program.

·         Where to store records.

·         Microphone usage, head only, head and cord.

·         Inform each when on program.

·         Getting dancers into squares or circle.

·         Introduce caller/cuer and spouse, with club affiliations.

·         Setting sound for first record.

·         Sound level for subsequent records, MC set, signals from MC or spouse to caller/cuer, etc.

·         Thanking caller/cuer after calling or cueing.

·         Keep program moving along.

·         Work with sponsor on announcements, door prizes, split the pot, etc.

·         Flexibility to reprogram dance if “no-show”, etc.

·         Take down equipment.

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OTHER:

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