As per the request of one of the DanceNet readers, here are copies of the past ramblings of the DanceNet Webmaster.
The White Heat Swing Orchestra is playing at Swing City on Friday. They were the band that was playing the moment I decided to take swing dance lessons all those 16 years ago so I always think fondly of that band.
Of course, after last month's anniversary dance, how could I not show up at the monthly Boston Swing Dance Network swing dance in Watertown. That's another venue that factored heavily in my dance history. I met a lot of wonderful people during my 16 years on the Boston swing dance scene and I met most of them at this dance.
Oh, wait! Sunday Swing at Copley is this weekend, too? Dare I even think about it? Three straight days of dancing? Be still, my beating heart! I think Mike #3 is running the music.
Some of the dance organizers I like the most in Boston are those who would work really hard to avoid conflicts in scheduling. As I've mentioned before, they'll refuse to hold a conflicting event or work really hard to rearrange their schedule to help someone else out. They don't think about maximizing the number of dance venues available; they think about maximizing the number of venues that dancers can attend.
Yet, you've read in the past in this space about venues about which I get upset because they chose to conflict with a local event (There's something wrong if someone chooses not to conflict with an event 1,500 miles away but then thinks it's okay to conflict with a local venue 5 miles away). I don't write about those activities just because I think they're malicious; I *do* write about them because there are clearly so many other examples of people doing the right thing.
People interested in start a new dance venue should consider other areas that don't have enough dance venues. Lowell (MA), for example, might be a good area that could use a new swing dance venue.