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    Overcutters Anonymous UPDATE

    Ancient proverb say: happy dancers make happy dancing make happy customers. With this age-old wisdom in mind, let's read tales of the DC dance scene...

    A 15 minute show downtown for $100
    FINALLY, we have slapped some sense into people. When will other restaurants catch up to this one?

    Shout-out to Ahmed at Fairouz Café (VA)
    Now here's an owner that treats the staff with respect: pay scale up to $115 for one show.

    At last, we're on our way to pay rates worthy of our time. There is still more work to be done, but together, we can win. Overcutters Unite!


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    wow how would it be?
    I dance at our local/only ME restaurant in SLC for $25 for 2-3 shows and maby $10 in tips...maby...I really just do it for the performance aspect...to stay on my toes since obviously it dosn't pay.


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    One part of the "performance aspect" is getting compensated for it...don't shortchange yourself!


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    Modern proverb say: You go girl! That's what happens when the owners get tired of looking at garbage.
    Last edited by Serpentine; 04-12-2007 at 03:29 PM.


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    woo-wee, Ahmed is a sweetie and was always paying on the better end. Props to you Kamilia for getting paid!


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    Quote Originally Posted by kamilia View Post
    One part of the "performance aspect" is getting compensated for it...don't shortchange yourself!
    There are not other options in the restaurant scene here. of course that will change as ever it does. There used to be 5 performace restaurants in town that paid up to $75 per 2 fifteen minute sets. But that was 4-5 years ago.
    I could just not do it...not dance there.
    But there are benefits besides money that rehersal dosn't do.
    One day I will open my own...and...and...


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    Quote Originally Posted by shahravar View Post
    wow how would it be?
    I dance at our local/only ME restaurant in SLC for $25 for 2-3 shows and maby $10 in tips...maby...I really just do it for the performance aspect...to stay on my toes since obviously it dosn't pay.
    ::eek:

    Please don't let that be known in Boulder/Denver, we've worked really hard to get our prices up to $65 a show.....
    If the restaurant owners here that, we are in trouble.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by Serpentine View Post
    Modern proverb say: You go girl! That's what happens when the owners get tired of looking at garbage.
    congrats to you all! ..g.:
    The restaurant where I schedule dancers, we are being paid $65 one show $85 for two, and that's the most any of us EVER got in Boulder/Denver.

    all it takes is ONE person coming in dancing for $35 bucks or whatever, and all that hard work goes down the drain.


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    Quote Originally Posted by shahravar View Post
    wow how would it be?
    I dance at our local/only ME restaurant in SLC for $25 for 2-3 shows and maby $10 in tips...maby...I really just do it for the performance aspect...to stay on my toes since obviously it dosn't pay.
    hi shahravar,
    i totally understand dancing for the sake of dance, but don't undersell yourself. i dance for the sake of performance as well, but only at certain venues, for charity, haflas, festivals (some do pay btw) etc... it can also pay well if you work at it. in restaurants, parties, weddings, etc...it's good to charge at least the going rate so we can keep it at a reasonable level for all.

    as maria said, just please don't let anyone in the restaurant business know you are charging that rate as they will expect us to lower our rates. .w.:


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    Great news! I concur with Shems, Ahmed was always incredibly nice to me when I was dancing there.


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    Yay! The flip side of demanding higher pay is making a point of patronizing the places that pay and treat us well. Let the owner (or at least the hostess) know that you came to see the show, and that you've heard (and appreciate) that this is a dancer-friendly venue.


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