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Date Posted: 14:37:25 06/23/17 Fri
Author: of your post which is sad
Subject: Some of what you have posted leaves much. Lots left out, and your post is indicative of why people who choose not to read or find out information for themselves have really themselves to blame (had to say it). Further, you are incorrect with most
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's message, "While I appreciate your thoughts, in all the posts I've read defending the committee, it's been lost that every dancer/family has paid a separate fee" on 12:43:04 06/23/17 Fri
And I don't think anyone has forgotten the basic dancer entry fee. That fee is relatively small in comparison to what is needed to secure the halls for 5 days, pay for judges musicians, insurance, etc. etc. Your allusion to "how much MORE they will have to spend" is moot. People who booked within the block are not spending any more. Nothing was really altered, was it? Yet, your post is inflammatory because of all the inaccuracies.
First. The "fee" that is paid is to enter the competition itself, along with a family "daily fee" should the family be booked into a block hotel. That is clearly stated in the information. It was also spelled out this year and over the years - that if a family chooses to book outside of the block - all members, including the dancer would have to pay the $100 penalty. That penalty helps to ensure those families pay their fair share towards the halls hired, along with the other expenses involved.
-- that was very clear --- and there was no change whatsoever regarding that, was there? No.
As for those having to pay that $100, would absolutely bet good money that those numbers are fewer than 70 total, if even that.
Second. That in previous years, paying the basic, required nights gained wristbands for the week - that, too, is incorrect. That applied only if people stayed the length of time in a block hotel has that applied ever since this began - seven years ago. But, granted there were two years where the host committee gave out a weekly wristband. And people take chances regarding that, then beg off of others when their gamble was in error (and that is all on them, isn't it - there is no guarantee of getting one band for the week) - there are many who still cheat the system and beg for wristbands off of unsuspecting others.
Third. Communication. This committee, along with last year's and in Montreal have been upfront and informative with just about everything. There has been a wealth of information, not just with the competitions, but with all the side aspects as well. Room requirements were very clear at booking - it is not the fault of the committee that some chose not to read what was put out there for them -- that was on those who booked.
The committee also clearly stated that they were working with the wristbands back in February and from that, people should not have presumed and interpret in their own way, right? The committee was under no obligation to post further until they had everything set - much of that they probably needed to verify with regards to those who submitted their requests.
And finally, you allude to transparency, which really seems to be your agenda. You seem to be a thinking adult, can you not figure things out for yourself? You can figure out the costs involved, right? How much per day for a musician, then multiply by the number there. How much per day for adjudicators, then multiply by the number required (remember there are five for each set panel), how much daily insurance would be, security, first aid, daily cleaning, tabulations, additional hall coverage, and, and, and. The block rooms help to underwrite SOME of the costs for the halls, but nothing beyond that. Those halls do not come completely free, the block being sold reduces the cost of renting those halls for five days.
Those dancer entry fees are swallowed up very quickly when all is said and done.
Your comment about "nickel and diming" is also moot for this year. Dancers and their families have not been asked to add to what they were told up front - Two nights and dancer entry fee - nothing else has changed - not one thing was ALTERED, was it? No.
What families choose to do before and after, spend at the vendors, or do whatever while there is also a moot point. Many come and then go. They don't stay, they don't spend, either - be it with the vendors or locally. You brought that in to garner support for yourself and to deflect the post above. And that is also all on what individuals decide to do with their time and money, that's not a responsibility of the committee at all. Yet, you seem to think it is.
Sorry, but your post was out of line and so wrong with so much. You should really educate yourself and find out more before posting misleading and incorrect information.
All the best to you and your dancer, hope the NANS is what you hope it to be.
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That family fee is calculated based on the assumption you will stay in the block hotel. If there was not block that fee would have to be much higher. (NT) -- hth, 06:39:45 06/25/17 Sun
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