I can get a little obsessive compulsive sometimes. For example, I was looking at the Herrang Dance Camp website and was amazed by the fact that they have 107 teachers. Granted, they are spread out over a month, but they still employ about 30 teachers a week.
Only a handful of other events like Camp Jitterbug, Lindy Focus, Lindy Shock, Beantown, and Rock That Swing each have a comparable number of teachers, but those are over long weekends or one week. Herrang usually takes place over four weeks, and this year its going to be five.
Anyway, I was curious as to how they scheduled this mass-o-teachers, so I plugged them into a spreadsheet just to see what it looked like. I’m not going to Herrang this year. I’ve never been actually. I’m just that much of a planning nerd. Simple things like this amuse me.
Trying to manage something like this during the event must be good times if you’re some sort of psychotic insomniac. Gotta give much respect though. This stuff is pretty hardcore. I am suitably impressed.
A couple of fun facts that I noticed . . .
Number of teachers: 107
Countries they represent: 13
Most of of the instructors are Lindy Hoppers, but a few are just teaching Mambo, Tap, Boogie Woogie, African Dance or Balboa. Some of them are teaching multiple dances. Here’s a break down of those who are just teaching one type of specialized dance.
African Dance 2
Boogie Woogie 5
There are 83 instructors teaching Lindy Hop with 19 of them also teaching some form of solo Authentic Jazz dance. Lindy Hoppers Nina Gilkenson and Naomi Uyama are also teaching Belly Dance during week 3.
Number of teachers named Jenny 3
Number of teachers named Jenny that are American 0
This does not include Jeni LeGon who is in a category all by herself.
Disclaimer: This chart is not a product of Herrang Dance Camp. While it is a reflection of the information available on the website as of March 2, 2010, I’m sure it will probably change between now and July. I have no intention of keeping it updated, but since I have all this information compiled anyway, I thought I’d share it.
Note that the Number at the top of the column refers to the week of the camp.