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.