While there are tons of reasons to go to Frankie100, there are also plenty of reasons not to go. I don’t mean for this post to deter people from attending or to suggest that this won’t be an amazing event in many ways. In fact, I’m sure there will be people who attend and have a fantastic time. I know I’ll be one of the people reading all of the follow-up blog posts and constantly hitting refresh on YouTube for videos.

This post is intended for all of the people who can’t go, don’t want to go, or just feel bad about not going, whatever the reason is. And there will be a lot of us. Let’s join forces and not feel terrible about ourselves together.

Reason #1: Money

In addition to the basic pass price of $329, there will be travel costs (to/from the event and public transit during), accommodations (I can’t imagine there are enough NYC dancers to host everyone), food, and whatever else you decide to spend money on while there. It certainly adds up, and I knew pretty early on it wouldn’t fit into my budget.

Reason #2: Crowds

I’m not sure of the exact numbers, but I heard Frankie95 was about 1800-2000 dancers at the main event. I was there. It was crowded. It was hard to find people I knew, let alone dance with them. It took a lot of effort just to cross the dance floor, even between songs. If you’re not a big people person, you might feel overwhelmed.

Reason #3: Limited Number of Tickets

Tickets are selling out fast in the first few waves and I’m sure it will be the same for our zone. There are a lot of people going, but there are also a lot of people *not* going. If you don’t end up with a ticket, you are not alone!

Reason #4: You Don’t Need to Be in NYC to Celebrate

Whether you want to celebrate Frankie’s birthday and legacy, World Lindy Hop Day, or being part of the larger lindy hop community, you don’t need to be in NYC or at Frankie100 to do that. In fact, someone recently suggested that scenes host their own Frankie100 parties. I think this is a great idea! Put on a dance or even just a small get-together and celebrate in your own way.

So whether you don’t end up snagging a ticket or simply choose not to attend, my message is simple: it’s not the end of the world.

And so I and others don’t feel alone, please chime in if you’re not going and why.

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5 Responses to Why You Shouldn’t Feel Bad About Not Going to Frankie100

  1. LindyShopper says:

    I couldn’t get past the cost threshold. 2014 is also the first year my husband and I will been able to afford a vacation together, and, I hate to say it, but some things are more important…we’ve been together for 13 years, married for 4, I’d say it’s about time. :)

  2. Paul Roth says:

    #1 & #2 are definitely my reasons for not going. The crowds more than anything else. I’m glad you wrote this!

  3. SomeLindyHopper says:

    I can’t go because I don’t have holidays then. I don’t get to pick when my holidays are. But also, New York is FAR, and it would be expensive to get to. Finally, if I still hoped to go after all that, my wave is sold out already. But in any case, the reasons why I don’t feel bad about not going are firstly, that it will be really really crowded and I am not a people person. I’ve been to the Basie Centennial, and that was fewer people, and I still wasn’t able to find people I wanted to see there. You’d bump into them once and that would be it, you’d never be able to find them again, and the whole time it was so crowded you could barely dance. I loved it and would go again, but if I’m missing the event, I’ll regret it less because of that. It’s still pretty uncomfortable to be in a crowd like that for so long. Secondly, I really think the messages of “you should feel bad if you are not going” are unfair. I’ve heard that several times from the promotional videos and from teachers and well-known dancers, and rather than making me feel bad for not going, it makes me a little pissed off that they would try to make people feel bad. I’ve heard several times that people should borrow money to go if they can’t afford, and that seems wrong to encourage too. If you are borrowing to go, no problem, but to pressure people seems unfair to me. I think that choosing to stay within your budget should not be something that people should be made to feel is bad or something that they will regret.

    That said, I still wish I could have gone to Frankie 95, and if I had Wizard of Oz type shoes I am sure I would try to go to Frankie 100. I wish I could go, but I won’t feel bad about not being able to make it. I hope that the event organizers will continue to encourage people to go in a way that doesn’t involve making people feel bad for not being there. I think they don’t need more hype anyway, it’s already got enough push to sell out multiple times even without it.

    (Rant over. Sorry for the rant)

  4. Somewhere, an organizer just had a brain explosion.

  5. Carl Flores says:

    I really struggled with not applying, but for the first time in a long while the cost vs. benefit (per items #1 and #2) just didn’t quite add up, especially when I know I could go to at least two events across the country for the same cost (and see many of the same folks). Granted, F100 in NYC will at times epic, but I intend to be an active part of whatever local Frankie 100 celebration is going on that weekend, and will be happily swinging out in honor of Frankie! Thanks for posting this!

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