|Sent on:||Monday, April 29, 2013 5:19 PM|
My reply and public statement to Pablo's email. (see below)
I like Pablo, I love his events and think he has brought up a great point that I need to address again.
I created "Diablos que Bailan" to be a community organization that has very few rules. One of the few rules being that it is meant to be a free and open place to find out ALL of your choices to go salsa dancing on any given night.
Any person who is doing a legitimate salsa event in the Nashville area is welcome to post their event here. We will gladly make you an organizer if that is the case. There is a built in system on the site, the ratings system, which allows the members to judge which events they like and don't like.
So, if you do not like an event give it one star and tell others why. If you love an event, tell others why and give it a four star rating!
I do NOT think it is a good idea for organizers to get together and create a monopoly. Someone would be left out of that system. It is not fair and open nor free market.
That is the only rule that I will strongly enforce and have been since I created "Diablos que Bailan" in 2007.
Although it does sound fun, and kind of godfatherish to all get together, it is not a good idea for salsa event promoters to get together and create a monopoly and decide which weekends to do stuff. By doing this, favorites would have to be chosen. There are only four weekends in a month. That means there are only a certain number of events that could be given priority. Then you have some people agreeing to do an event one weekend while another guy says he will step down and not do an event one weekend. This site is NOT going to tell anybody how to run their business.
Now, if a few of you want to get together and strategize, go ahead, but do not use this free and open site to do it, please!
That is not a way for a community to offer choices. That will absolutely not fly! (with all respect to Pablo's super cool gangster idea!) This is about giving the dancers as many choices on a given night as possible.
As an organizer, if you feel your event is suffering by the other choices, my advice to you is to make a better event. I would never want to be the best because I am the only one. I want to be the best among others and because i am simply being the best. I have always offered other promoters free and professional consulting on how to step up their events. If any of you would like to meet with me, I am happy to support you in growing our community.
As you know, after years of fostering this site, I myself even used what I learned to make a successful and profitable event company. Throughout all these years, I still attend other promoter's parties and encourage other promoters to do the same and utilize the resources at hand to further grow the community.
If you want to see when other promoters are doing an event and try to throw one on an "off" weekend then great! BUT just know, that does NOT reserve that weekend for you NOR should it stop another spontaneous promoter from doing one on the same night. This is about creating choices.
I never have nor will I ever buy into the theory that we are spreading the salsa dancers too thin by actually giving them choices.
With Love and Respect,
Carey James Balboa
Pablo's Original Message
Dear Salsa Organizer,
It's come to my attention that these days more and more social events are being scheduled. When I started doing these gatherings four years ago I was the only one, and I'm happy to see the community grow! However, I've also seen that often the events coincide on the same day while in other weekends there is nowhere to go. A couple of years ago I went on a road trip with a group to Atlanta and the salsa meetup there told me that they had coordinated among organizers such that every weekend the salsa dancers knew where to go. I would like to propose a meeting among organizers to discuss the possiblilty of coordinating ourselves so the small community of dancers doesn't have to decide where to go when more that one event happens on the same day as well as to maximize our profits from the events. We could meet at my place or other designated location.
Viva la Salsa!