As we gear up for the festival this year, it's important to recognize and appreciate the taxi dancers who graciously step up to help address the lead-follow ratio that affects the kizomba scene. We want to shed light on the valuable role of taxi dancers and the expectations surrounding their service. Together, we can create an atmosphere of respect, understanding, and great vibes for everyone to enjoy the festival.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the term, a taxi dancer is a skilled dancer who voluntarily offers their dance services at events like the Neo Kizomba Festival. Taxi dancers play a crucial role in ensuring that everyone gets a chance to dance and fully enjoy the festival experience.
At Neo Kizomba Festival, we firmly believe that every individual attending is here to have a good time, connect with others, and share the joy of dance. Whether you are an attendee, a taxi dancer, an instructor, or a DJ, we have a passion for kiz. Let's remember that behind the role of a taxi dancer is a fellow dancer, who also wants to have a great time at the festival. It is also important to recognize that for some of the taxi dancers, this will be their first time in the role, so it will be a new learning experience for them!
The taxi dancing service plays a vital role in ensuring that all participants have the opportunity to dance and enjoy the festival at the socials. We understand that the lead-follow ratio is usually imbalanced, limiting the number of dances for individuals attending without a partner. The presence of taxi dancers helps bridge this gap and enhances the overall experience for everyone involved.
While taxi dancers receive a pass to attend the festival, it's essential to recognize that they still incur costs associated with their participation, such as accommodation, travel, and other expenses. We kindly request that all attendees respect the dedication and generosity of these dancers. A simple gesture of appreciation or a friendly conversation can go a long way in fostering a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere.
To ensure that everyone has an amazing time at the festival, it's important to establish clear expectations for both taxi dancers and participants. We will communicate guidelines to the taxi dancers regarding dance etiquette, boundaries, biases, and mutual respect. By doing so, we can create an environment where everyone feels comfortable and safe, fostering authentic connections on and off the dance floor.
As we prepare for the Neo Kizomba Festival 2023, let's celebrate the unity, joy, and diversity that dance brings into our lives. Let's extend our appreciation to the taxi dancers who selflessly contribute to the community by helping address the lead-follow ratio. By respecting their role, communicating expectations, and embracing our shared humanity, we can create an awesome festival experience filled with laughter, connection, and memorable moments.