Join our L.A. Blues 2018 Housing Group on Facebook to find and offer housing (housing assignments will not be created by L.A. Blues).
Locals: HOSTS NEEDED! Post that you can host, how many, whereabouts you live in and/or around Los Angeles.
Out-of-towners: Let our locals know that you're interested in finding a place to stay for L.A. Blues.
Don't forget to check our our Housing Guide below!
L.A. Blues 2018 Housing Facebook Group
Offering Housing = Local Dancers Open Their Home to Out-of-Town Dancers
GENERAL INFO / RULES OF THUMB
We imagine that offering housing to out-of-town dancers goes all the way back to the first dance workshop, whenever that was in history. It's a kindness that dancers offer to each other around the world. Of course, there is a first time for everyone (as a guest or host), so we wanted to provide some important tips.
But first, why should YOU offer housing?
Great question! Though offering to host one (or a few) out-of-town dancers does not provide any sort of event registration discount, there are many reasons to offer housing to those coming in for L.A. Blues 2018. Some include:
SWEET, I'M IN. Great! Don't forget to post that you are willing to host on our L.A. Blues 2018 Housing facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1963255990589935/. We suggest you post things like: How many dancers you can house. if you have pets, if you can provide transportation (for those who are coming without a car), and what sleeping space you can offer (bed, cot, floor, etc).
CHANGES? Immediately contact the dancer(s) you said you could host if there any changes in your schedule/availability.
Once you have been confirm with a dancer(s) that you can house them, direct message/email them right away with your:
HOSTING ASSUMPTIONS. Guest dancers only expect a 3' x 6' floor space and a bathroom. Let them know if you provide anything more. Most dancers are used to traveling and are happy with the floor (and perhaps a pillow and blanket if they flew in) and a bathroom.
HOUSE RULES. Let your guest(s) know EXPLICITLY what is off-limits (rooms, food, alcohol, etc) and what is fair-game. Put notes on doors, cabinets, rooms, where they can or cannot go. DO NOT ASSUME. Print out and tape the House Rules to your front/back door.
TELL THEM WHAT THEY NEED TO BRING. Let them know exactly what they need to bring: towel, pillows, sleeping bag, air mattress, etc.
MEALS. Guests are supposed to take care of their own meals. Considering having a list of local restaurants on your fridge.
HOME COOKING. There's no need to make a full home-cooked meal since not all guests will be home at same time. If possible, it is nice to have some munchy-stuff around, but it should not be expected.
DRIVE TIMES. Let your guests know to what extent you can drive them around throughout throughout the weekend. If necessary, if you are an event promoter/worker, have them contact others to arrange rides.
PRIMPING SCHEDULE. If you are driving, let your guests know exactly when you plan on leaving for classes/dances. This way you avoid anyone getting cranky about being late. It's also nice to let them know what time you plan to leave from classes/dances so they can make other transportation arrangements if they would like to leave earlier or stay later.
GROUP MEALS. Check with other locals and/or L.A. Blues Team and see if there are any group lunches/dinners that your guests might enjoy.
STAY IN CONTACT. Always let your guests know what your plans are and where to find you. It keeps them from stressing. They are alone in your city and you are their contact if a problem arises.
KEYS/ACCESS TO HOUSE. Some dancers leave the dance early, some stay until daylight - Let your guests know your policy on the keys or access to your house. Some hosts give their guests a key and let them come & go as they please. Some may have stricter restrictions. Let your guests know!
And most important - THANK YOU! This event would not happen without Hosts like you.
GENERAL INFO / RULES OF THUMB
Crashing for "free" at a local dancer's home can be one of the most memorable parts of a dance weekend. It can even lead to lifelong friendships. That being said, housing is a bonus, not a guarantee.
Contact your host as soon as they connect with you on our L.A. Blues 2018 Housing Facebook Group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1963255990589935/. In a private message/email, share some basic information:
• Full Name
• Cell Phone #
• City/State Coming From
• Special Needs (bed/couch/floor)
• Day/Time Arriving & Leaving
• Are you a Smoker/ Non-Smoker
• Special Transportation Needs (possible airport pickup, to/from event, etc)
• Have A Car? If so, Are You Willing to Drive Other Guests?
• Allergies (food, pets, etc)?
• You Are An Early Riser/Night Owl
ASSUMPTIONS. Housing is NOT guaranteed and is a privilege, not a right. You should ALWAYS have a hotel/backup plan. Expect to be given a 3' x 6' floor space and a bathroom. Anything after that is a bonus! Do not assume you will be transported, fed, cuddled, nurtured, or catered to over the weekend.
CHANGE OF PLANS? If you found another place to stay or can't make it to the event, please inform your HOST IMMEDIATELY! Someone else might be able to use the housing spot.
Remember, you are a GUEST in someone's home, not a hotel. Be Clean. Be Kind.
WHAT TO BRING. Ask your host what is necessary to bring (towel, pillow, sleeping bag, air mattress, etc). Some hosts can provide a bed or couch, but most only have floor space on their hardwood floors - and we mean HARD wood floors.
SIZE MATTERS. If you are alone and driving into town, please consider buying a SINGLE-SIZED air mattress. Space is super limited in some cases, and it is plain rude if you take up the entire living room with your gargantuan mattress just for yourself.
SLEEPING SPACE. Your host is responsible for providing sleeping space and a bathroom only. Usually it's a first-come, first-served as far as "where" in the house you sleep.
FOOD, DRINKS, MEALS. You are on your own - most of the time. Ask your host for locals food favorites. Don't raid the fridge without permission. If you bought it, you can eat/drink it.
GIFT FOR HOSTS. It is not necessary, but it is a incredibly nice thing to do. Plus a positive hosting experience for all makes it much easier for us to get volunteers to host again for future events. How much? Think of how much you would have spent on a hotel for the weekend. Your host isn't expecting that much but you sure did save a lot of money because (s)he offered up his/her home.
TRANSPORTATION. Usually your host might be the one who will transport you to and from events but that isn't always the case. Check with your host to see if they'll be able to drive you to & from the airport and/or the events. DON'T ASSUME! If they can't, get in touch with the fellow guests and make arrangements that way. It's nice to offer whoever is driving you around some gas money.
GET READY QUICK. Nobody likes being late for classes or an event because someone needed a larger amount of time to get ready. If you are sharing a bathroom with the host and/or other guests, try to do as much of your routine outside the bathroom as possible so that other folks can use the shower, etc.
INFORM YOUR HOST OF YOUR PLANS. It keeps them from stressing. They usually feel somewhat responsible for you and want to make sure you are safe, therefore everyone is having a good time.
KEEP THE HOUSE CLEAN. You are a guest! Your host probably spent all week getting the house ready for you. When you are there, please keep the place clean. If you trash the place, then they will not open their home next year which will mean more of our out-of-town dancers may have to use a hotel.
Housing Etiquitte Credit Source: Dirt Cheap Blues