With the swing craze in full force, Ive been getting lots of calls from swing dancers asking for advice. Usually about work theyre interested in doing or have already accepted. For those of you interested in Swinging for Cash, what follows is some pratical advice regarding arranging, pricing, and performing work for schools, organizations and corporations. -- Bob Thomas
|Swingin for Cash, Part 1: Teaching||Swingin for Cash, Part 2: Performing|
|What Kind of Experience Do I Need?||Minimal qualifications|
|Charting Your Teaching Progress||Questions to ask the client|
|What Do I Charge?||What do I Charge?|
|Corporate Teaching Gigs||Other Considerations|
Who the heck am I?
Im Bob Thomas, director of The Kamikaze Jitterbugs. Ive been doing shows and dance-related work for organizations, schools and corporate clients for over twenty years, and I have a ton of advice, most of which you probably dont need and arent interested in. But, for those of you determined or foolish enough to go out into the public marketplace to teach and perform swing, I thought it might be helpful to write down some advice and suggestions to help you on your way. For fun and horrifying accounts of our most interesting gigs, read my piece Swinging in the Dark: Gigs from Hell.
Swingin for Cash, Part 1: Teaching
Someone calls you or asks you when youre out dancing, Would you be interested in teaching a series of classes for my school/office/etc? more
What Kind of Experience Do You Need?
If youve never taught swing before, first learn... more
Charting Your Teaching Progress
As you teach you need to check on how well
What Do I Charge?
Rates. Well, thats a tough one. Basically, you want to charge enough that... more
Corporate Teaching Gigs
If someone says, Would you teach a lesson for my school/organization/corporations party? Think about it... more
Swingin for Cash, Part 2: Performing
If someone says, Would you dance swing at my school/organization/corporations party? Think about it three times (at least). Questions that you should ask the client are... more
Minimal qualifications before considering a paid performing gig:
-- Have been... more
Questions to ask the client
1) Is it a formal performance or will you just... more
What do I Charge?
One-off teaching? Dance shows? Probably a good basic rate is... more
Costumes: Generally clients will be as impressed with... more
Swingin' For Cash
Swingin' For Cash