• NSDC Ratings

    From DARYL STOUT@CAPCITY to ALL USERS on Sun Sep 26 00:01:00 2010
    I've been square dancing since December, 1985...and attended each
    National Square Dance Convention from 1986 to 2002. Since then,
    health and financial issues have prohibited me from attending any
    conventions.

    Anyway, others may feel differently about how a particular convention
    went, but this is how I felt they were...from best to worst. This
    message covers rankings 1 through 7...the rest of the rankings will
    be in another message.

    Rank: 1 Year: 1986 Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

    I don't know if it was not knowing what to expect, but not having
    been to a National Square Dance Convention (NSDC) before...to me,
    THIS was how a NSDC should be run. I was at the Hilton Airport,
    having registered just 2 months before the convention. I spent most
    of my "eatings" at a Hardee's a short distance from the Hoosier Dome
    (now the RCA Dome). The shuttle bus service, the facilities, the
    dance floor, the sound for the halls, the vendors, the food service,
    the caller selection...ALL were excellent, in my opinion. I could
    not find anything to quibble about...and it showed, with over 27,000
    dancers registered to fun all under one roof. This became the first
    of my "annual religious pilgrimages". It was here again in 1999, but
    sadly, that NSDC was a far cry from this one. The RCA Dome was
    imploded for a new structure in 2009.

    Rank: 2 Year: 1994 Location: Portland, Oregon

    Since I began dancing, this convention had the second most dancers
    in attendance...close to 22,000. With the exception for some events
    at a nearby arena, served by trolley and shuttle bus service, this
    was a great convention. The Special Event concert Wednesday night
    at the arena with Ronnie Milsap was very enjoyable...and so was the weather...as well as the train ride out and back.

    Rank: 3 Year: 1993 Location: St. Louis, Missouri

    This was all under one roof, and dancing under the Arch on the
    Wednesday night before the convention. Ironically, one week later,
    the entire riverfront area where we were was under floodwaters from
    the Mississippi River. Thursday was the only day of thunderstorms there...Friday and Saturday's weather was nice. Dancing at the
    restored Union Station was nice, although one lady was injured when
    she fell from her high heels getting caught in some of the brick
    surfaces in the open area.

    Rank: 4 Year: 1991 Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

    Even though it was all under one roof, there was confusion upon
    arrival at the Amtrak station for several dancers...concerning hotel transportation. I somehow lost $500 in travelers cheques on the
    train, but was able to get them back...which proves NOT to carry
    large amounts of just cash on a long trip!!

    Rank: 5 Year: 1988 Location: Anaheim, California

    This convention has the distinction of the most dancers to ever
    attend a National Square Dance Convention (almost 40,000 dancers in
    1976)...and it hosted the 50th NSDC in 2001. This was my first train
    trip to a NSDC, and it was fun!! Of the almost 27,000 dancers for this convention, 5000 were single...and 3500 were ladies. My feet swelled
    on the train, and I danced practically nonstop Wednesday night...then,
    limped back to the hotel in tears, due to terrific pain. I bought a
    pair of "Happy Feet" the next day. This was where I learned to dance
    the girls part (Dancing By Definition) to Lee Kopman, in a hurry!! The
    Parade Of States had to "parade through" a rather small arena...and
    unless you already had a seat in there, you missed things...I know the
    Fire Marshall was about to have a fit!! The weather was great...highs
    in the 70s, lows in the 50s (as it was over 100 back in Texas and
    Arkansas). The DisneyLand After Party Saturday Night was fabulous.
    The Sunday morning after the convention, we felt the fringes of an
    earthquake, centered 45 miles east of Los Angeles...but there was
    little damage that I could see. Unfortunately, the 2001 NSDC that
    was held here (noted below) was not as good.

    Rank: 6 Year: 1992 Location: Cincinatti, Ohio

    I don't recall a lot about this convention...rather "average"; but,
    just over 20,000 dancers. It was under one roof, for the most part.

    Rank: 7 Year: 1998 Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

    This convention, another "average" one...the worst thing was that
    since 1994, attendance had been dropping steadily.

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  • From DARYL STOUT@CAPCITY to ALL USERS on Sun Sep 26 00:01:00 2010
    I've been square dancing since December, 1985...and attended each
    National Square Dance Convention from 1986 to 2002. Since then,
    health and financial issues have prohibited me from attending any
    conventions.

    Anyway, others may feel differently about how a particular convention
    went, but this is how I felt they were...from best to worst. The first
    7 rankings were in a previous message.

    Rank: 8 Year: 1997 Location: Orlando, Florida

    This convention, had the potential to be a good one, with it being
    all under one roof. However, there were bad sound overlap problems,
    and poor shuttle bus scheduling. To top it all off, Saturday night,
    in the midst of a tropical thunderstorm, when the shuttle bus got
    back to my hotel, the security guard (for whatever reason) punched
    our bus driver in the face!! I was standing out in the pouring rain,
    calling for help on my amateur radio handi-talkie. When I got back
    to the Convention Center that night, I was shaking so bad from the
    adrenaline rush, that I couldn't dance. The case eventually went to
    trial, with the guard convicted of the crime, fined, and imprisoned.
    The State Of Florida flew me down there to testify, but that was not
    my idea of a Florida vacation. The Disney World After Party was
    cancelled at the last minute.

    Rank: 9 Year: 2001 Location: Anaheim, California

    The 50th year of the National Square Dance Convention, had the
    potential to be a good one...but just like the 2000 NSDC in
    Baltimore, bus service was poor. Many dancers were not buying
    bus passes until the last minute, and by then, too few buses were running...even though there were just 4 total routes. The Anaheim
    Convention Center had several areas where there was sound bleedover,
    plus food and beverage prices were comparable to the high gasoline
    prices. Just over 13,000 dancers attended, with 2000 dancers taking
    part in a parade down Disneyland's Main Street. The best event of
    the entire convention was the Special Event with The Alley Cats
    "a cappella" (no accompaniment) do-wopp group...among others.

    Rank: 10 Year: 2002 Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

    This convention was spread out between the Radission Hotel (5 blocks
    from the River Center), and the combination River Center/Touchstone
    Energy Place Convention Center. The Radission had a majority of round
    dancing, with the rest of the activities at the River Center. Due to
    the low amount of registrations (8817), partially due to the tragedy of
    Sept. 11, 2001, the shuttle bus transportation was limited to only 3 routes...campground, and 2 others...and the routes were served by
    school buses!! There were problems with the sound, if you weren't
    near the front of the hall, or near the speakers. Plus, food costs
    in the Convention Center were rather pricey.

    Rank: 11 Year: 1999 Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

    Unlike the 1986 Convention, this years just barely broke 10,000
    dancers. There were problems with the shuttle buses...and the food
    prices in the Convention Center were extremely high...$3.50 for a
    32 ounce drink!!

    Rank: 12 Year: 1989 Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    The Single Square Dancers were "exiled" to the Fairgrounds, where
    the RV Campers were...and there were shuttle bus problems. They got
    the 2003 NSDC. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, due to health
    and financial constraints...it was the first convention I had missed
    in 17 years...and I have not attended any since the 2002 NSDC in
    Minneapolis.

    Rank: 13 Year: 1995 Location: Birmingham, Alabama

    The Singles again were in a location 2 blocks away from the main
    dancing activity. One caller who got up to call in the morning in
    the Singles Hall, promptly left the floor without calling his tips,
    when no one would square up for him!! Attendance was 50% lower than
    the previous years NSDC that was in Portland, Oregon.

    Rank: 14 Year: 1990 Location: Memphis, Tennessee

    Transporation was a big problem at this convention...as well as
    a very small space for the Parade Of States.

    Rank: 15 Year: 1996 Location: San Antonio, Texas

    The Singles were "exiled" to the Alamo Dome; and with poor shuttle
    bus service, and with the hot Texas summer sun, some dancers fell ill.

    Rank: 16 Year: 1987 Location: Houston, Texas

    From one extreme to the other, this was the worst convention of all
    I had attended...at least until the 2000 Convention in Baltimore (see
    below). The biggest part was that they tried to sound the square dance
    halls with Peavey Rock-N-Roll Speakers instead of the tradtional
    Yak-Staks. Unless you were right in front of the speaker, you couldn't
    hear. This fiasco practically caused a dancer/caller revolt...with 1/3
    of the 20,000 dancers leaving town the first day of the convention!!
    There were also shuttle bus problems, and the after party coordination
    at Astro World was poorly handled.

    Rank 17 Year: 2000 Location: Baltimore, Maryland

    While sound wasn't a great problem at Baltimore, it was to some
    extent. However, there were other much more severe problems that led me
    to place Baltimore on the BOTTOM of the list of past conventions. These included very poor bus transportation...convention center food service and prices...dancing was spread out, and signs to direct dancers to the right
    halls were sorely lacking. Going between the halls meant walking through "walk-in cooler strips", plus the square dance halls were on concrete...
    with preferential treatment apparently given to round dancers and cloggers.


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  • From DARYL STOUT@CAPCITY to ALL USERS on Tue Jun 26 00:01:00 2012
    I've been square dancing since December, 1985...and attended each
    National Square Dance Convention from 1986 to 2002. Since then,
    health and financial issues have prohibited me from attending any
    conventions.

    Anyway, others may feel differently about how a particular convention
    went, but this is how I felt they were...from best to worst. This
    message covers rankings 1 through 7...the rest of the rankings will
    be in another message.

    Rank: 1 Year: 1986 Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

    I don't know if it was not knowing what to expect, but not having
    been to a National Square Dance Convention (NSDC) before...to me,
    THIS was how a NSDC should be run. I was at the Hilton Airport,
    having registered just 2 months before the convention. I spent most
    of my "eatings" at a Hardee's a short distance from the Hoosier Dome
    (now the RCA Dome). The shuttle bus service, the facilities, the
    dance floor, the sound for the halls, the vendors, the food service,
    the caller selection...ALL were excellent, in my opinion. I could
    not find anything to quibble about...and it showed, with over 27,000
    dancers registered to fun all under one roof. This became the first
    of my "annual religious pilgrimages". It was here again in 1999, but
    sadly, that NSDC was a far cry from this one. The RCA Dome was
    imploded for a new structure in 2009.

    Rank: 2 Year: 1994 Location: Portland, Oregon

    Since I began dancing, this convention had the second most dancers
    in attendance...close to 22,000. With the exception for some events
    at a nearby arena, served by trolley and shuttle bus service, this
    was a great convention. The Special Event concert Wednesday night
    at the arena with Ronnie Milsap was very enjoyable...and so was the weather...as well as the train ride out and back.

    Rank: 3 Year: 1993 Location: St. Louis, Missouri

    This was all under one roof, and dancing under the Arch on the
    Wednesday night before the convention. Ironically, one week later,
    the entire riverfront area where we were was under floodwaters from
    the Mississippi River. Thursday was the only day of thunderstorms there...Friday and Saturday's weather was nice. Dancing at the
    restored Union Station was nice, although one lady was injured when
    she fell from her high heels getting caught in some of the brick
    surfaces in the open area.

    Rank: 4 Year: 1991 Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

    Even though it was all under one roof, there was confusion upon
    arrival at the Amtrak station for several dancers...concerning hotel transportation. I somehow lost $500 in travelers cheques on the
    train, but was able to get them back...which proves NOT to carry
    large amounts of just cash on a long trip!!

    Rank: 5 Year: 1988 Location: Anaheim, California

    This convention has the distinction of the most dancers to ever
    attend a National Square Dance Convention (almost 40,000 dancers in
    1976)...and it hosted the 50th NSDC in 2001. This was my first train
    trip to a NSDC, and it was fun!! Of the almost 27,000 dancers for this convention, 5000 were single...and 3500 were ladies. My feet swelled
    on the train, and I danced practically nonstop Wednesday night...then,
    limped back to the hotel in tears, due to terrific pain. I bought a
    pair of "Happy Feet" the next day. This was where I learned to dance
    the girls part (Dancing By Definition) to Lee Kopman, in a hurry!! The
    Parade Of States had to "parade through" a rather small arena...and
    unless you already had a seat in there, you missed things...I know the
    Fire Marshall was about to have a fit!! The weather was great...highs
    in the 70s, lows in the 50s (as it was over 100 back in Texas and
    Arkansas). The DisneyLand After Party Saturday Night was fabulous.
    The Sunday morning after the convention, we felt the fringes of an
    earthquake, centered 45 miles east of Los Angeles...but there was
    little damage that I could see. Unfortunately, the 2001 NSDC that
    was held here (noted below) was not as good.

    Rank: 6 Year: 1992 Location: Cincinatti, Ohio

    I don't recall a lot about this convention...rather "average"; but,
    just over 20,000 dancers. It was under one roof, for the most part.

    Rank: 7 Year: 1998 Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

    This convention, another "average" one...the worst thing was that
    since 1994, attendance had been dropping steadily.

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  • From DARYL STOUT@CAPCITY to ALL USERS on Tue Jun 26 00:01:00 2012
    I've been square dancing since December, 1985...and attended each
    National Square Dance Convention from 1986 to 2002. Since then,
    health and financial issues have prohibited me from attending any
    conventions.

    Anyway, others may feel differently about how a particular convention
    went, but this is how I felt they were...from best to worst. The first
    7 rankings were in a previous message.

    Rank: 8 Year: 1997 Location: Orlando, Florida

    This convention, had the potential to be a good one, with it being
    all under one roof. However, there were bad sound overlap problems,
    and poor shuttle bus scheduling. To top it all off, Saturday night,
    in the midst of a tropical thunderstorm, when the shuttle bus got
    back to my hotel, the security guard (for whatever reason) punched
    our bus driver in the face!! I was standing out in the pouring rain,
    calling for help on my amateur radio handi-talkie. When I got back
    to the Convention Center that night, I was shaking so bad from the
    adrenaline rush, that I couldn't dance. The case eventually went to
    trial, with the guard convicted of the crime, fined, and imprisoned.
    The State Of Florida flew me down there to testify, but that was not
    my idea of a Florida vacation. The Disney World After Party was
    cancelled at the last minute.

    Rank: 9 Year: 2001 Location: Anaheim, California

    The 50th year of the National Square Dance Convention, had the
    potential to be a good one...but just like the 2000 NSDC in
    Baltimore, bus service was poor. Many dancers were not buying
    bus passes until the last minute, and by then, too few buses were running...even though there were just 4 total routes. The Anaheim
    Convention Center had several areas where there was sound bleedover,
    plus food and beverage prices were comparable to the high gasoline
    prices. Just over 13,000 dancers attended, with 2000 dancers taking
    part in a parade down Disneyland's Main Street. The best event of
    the entire convention was the Special Event with The Alley Cats
    "a cappella" (no accompaniment) do-wopp group...among others.

    Rank: 10 Year: 2002 Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

    This convention was spread out between the Radission Hotel (5 blocks
    from the River Center), and the combination River Center/Touchstone
    Energy Place Convention Center. The Radission had a majority of round
    dancing, with the rest of the activities at the River Center. Due to
    the low amount of registrations (8817), partially due to the tragedy of
    Sept. 11, 2001, the shuttle bus transportation was limited to only 3 routes...campground, and 2 others...and the routes were served by
    school buses!! There were problems with the sound, if you weren't
    near the front of the hall, or near the speakers. Plus, food costs
    in the Convention Center were rather pricey.

    Rank: 11 Year: 1999 Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

    Unlike the 1986 Convention, this years just barely broke 10,000
    dancers. There were problems with the shuttle buses...and the food
    prices in the Convention Center were extremely high...$3.50 for a
    32 ounce drink!!

    Rank: 12 Year: 1989 Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    The Single Square Dancers were "exiled" to the Fairgrounds, where
    the RV Campers were...and there were shuttle bus problems. They got
    the 2003 NSDC. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, due to health
    and financial constraints...it was the first convention I had missed
    in 17 years...and I have not attended any since the 2002 NSDC in
    Minneapolis.

    Rank: 13 Year: 1995 Location: Birmingham, Alabama

    The Singles again were in a location 2 blocks away from the main
    dancing activity. One caller who got up to call in the morning in
    the Singles Hall, promptly left the floor without calling his tips,
    when no one would square up for him!! Attendance was 50% lower than
    the previous years NSDC that was in Portland, Oregon.

    Rank: 14 Year: 1990 Location: Memphis, Tennessee

    Transporation was a big problem at this convention...as well as
    a very small space for the Parade Of States.

    Rank: 15 Year: 1996 Location: San Antonio, Texas

    The Singles were "exiled" to the Alamo Dome; and with poor shuttle
    bus service, and with the hot Texas summer sun, some dancers fell ill.

    Rank: 16 Year: 1987 Location: Houston, Texas

    From one extreme to the other, this was the worst convention of all
    I had attended...at least until the 2000 Convention in Baltimore (see
    below). The biggest part was that they tried to sound the square dance
    halls with Peavey Rock-N-Roll Speakers instead of the tradtional
    Yak-Staks. Unless you were right in front of the speaker, you couldn't
    hear. This fiasco practically caused a dancer/caller revolt...with 1/3
    of the 20,000 dancers leaving town the first day of the convention!!
    There were also shuttle bus problems, and the after party coordination
    at Astro World was poorly handled.

    Rank 17 Year: 2000 Location: Baltimore, Maryland

    While sound wasn't a great problem at Baltimore, it was to some
    extent. However, there were other much more severe problems that led me
    to place Baltimore on the BOTTOM of the list of past conventions. These included very poor bus transportation...convention center food service and prices...dancing was spread out, and signs to direct dancers to the right
    halls were sorely lacking. Going between the halls meant walking through "walk-in cooler strips", plus the square dance halls were on concrete...
    with preferential treatment apparently given to round dancers and cloggers.


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  • From Daryl Stout@TBOLT to All on Thu Apr 18 09:52:30 2019
    I've been square dancing since December, 1985...and attended each
    National Square Dance Convention from 1986 to 2002. Since then,
    health and financial issues have prohibited me from attending any
    conventions.

    Anyway, others may feel differently about how a particular convention
    went, but this is how I felt they were...from best to worst.

    Rank: 1 Year: 1986 Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

    I don't know if it was not knowing what to expect, but not having
    been to a National Square Dance Convention (NSDC) before...to me,
    THIS was how a NSDC should be run. I was at the Hilton Airport,
    having registered just 2 months before the convention. I spent most
    of my "eatings" at a Hardee's a short distance from the Hoosier Dome
    (now the RCA Dome). The shuttle bus service, the facilities, the
    dance floor, the sound for the halls, the vendors, the food service,
    the caller selection...ALL were excellent, in my opinion. I could
    not find anything to quibble about...and it showed, with over 27,000
    dancers registered to fun all under one roof. This became the first
    of my "annual religious pilgrimages". It was here again in 1999, but
    sadly, that NSDC was a far cry from this one. The RCA Dome was
    imploded for a new structure in 2009.

    Rank: 2 Year: 1994 Location: Portland, Oregon

    Since I began dancing, this convention had the second most dancers
    in attendance...close to 22,000. With the exception for some events
    at a nearby arena, served by trolley and shuttle bus service, this
    was a great convention. The Special Event concert Wednesday night
    at the arena with Ronnie Milsap was very enjoyable...and so was the weather...as well as the train ride out and back.

    Rank: 3 Year: 1993 Location: St. Louis, Missouri

    This was all under one roof, and dancing under the Arch on the
    Wednesday night before the convention. Ironically, one week later,
    the entire riverfront area where we were was under floodwaters from
    the Mississippi River. Thursday was the only day of thunderstorms there...Friday and Saturday's weather was nice. Dancing at the
    restored Union Station was nice, although one lady was injured when
    she fell from her high heels getting caught in some of the brick
    surfaces in the open area.

    Rank: 4 Year: 1991 Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

    Even though it was all under one roof, there was confusion upon
    arrival at the Amtrak station for several dancers...concerning hotel transportation. I somehow lost $500 in travelers cheques on the
    train, but was able to get them back...which proves NOT to carry
    large amounts of just cash on a long trip!!

    Rank: 5 Year: 1988 Location: Anaheim, California

    This convention has the distinction of the most dancers to ever
    attend a National Square Dance Convention (almost 40,000 dancers in
    1976)...and it hosted the 50th NSDC in 2001. This was my first train
    trip to a NSDC, and it was fun!! Of the almost 27,000 dancers for this convention, 5000 were single...and 3500 were ladies. My feet swelled
    on the train, and I danced practically nonstop Wednesday night...then,
    limped back to the hotel in tears, due to terrific pain. I bought a
    pair of "Happy Feet" the next day. This was where I learned to dance
    the girls part (Dancing By Definition) to Lee Kopman, in a hurry!! The
    Parade Of States had to "parade through" a rather small arena...and
    unless you already had a seat in there, you missed things...I know the
    Fire Marshall was about to have a fit!! The weather was great...highs
    in the 70s, lows in the 50s (as it was over 100 back in Texas and
    Arkansas). The DisneyLand After Party Saturday Night was fabulous.
    The Sunday morning after the convention, we felt the fringes of an
    earthquake, centered 45 miles east of Los Angeles...but there was
    little damage that I could see. Unfortunately, the 2001 NSDC that
    was held here (noted below) was not as good.

    Rank: 6 Year: 1992 Location: Cincinatti, Ohio

    I don't recall a lot about this convention...rather "average"; but,
    just over 20,000 dancers. It was under one roof, for the most part.

    Rank: 7 Year: 1998 Location: Charlotte, North Carolina

    This convention, another "average" one...the worst thing was that
    since 1994, attendance had been dropping steadily.

    Rank: 8 Year: 1997 Location: Orlando, Florida

    This convention, had the potential to be a good one, with it being
    all under one roof. However, there were bad sound overlap problems,
    and poor shuttle bus scheduling. To top it all off, Saturday night,
    in the midst of a tropical thunderstorm, when the shuttle bus got
    back to my hotel, the security guard (for whatever reason) punched
    our bus driver in the face!! I was standing out in the pouring rain,
    calling for help on my amateur radio handi-talkie. When I got back
    to the Convention Center that night, I was shaking so bad from the
    adrenaline rush, that I couldn't dance. The case eventually went to
    trial, with the guard convicted of the crime, fined, and imprisoned.
    The State Of Florida flew me down there to testify, but that was not
    my idea of a Florida vacation. The Disney World After Party was
    cancelled at the last minute.

    Rank: 9 Year: 2001 Location: Anaheim, California

    The 50th year of the National Square Dance Convention, had the
    potential to be a good one...but just like the 2000 NSDC in
    Baltimore, bus service was poor. Many dancers were not buying
    bus passes until the last minute, and by then, too few buses were running...even though there were just 4 total routes. The Anaheim
    Convention Center had several areas where there was sound bleedover,
    plus food and beverage prices were comparable to the high gasoline
    prices. Just over 13,000 dancers attended, with 2000 dancers taking
    part in a parade down Disneyland's Main Street. The best event of
    the entire convention was the Special Event with The Alley Cats
    "a cappella" (no accompaniment) do-wopp group...among others.

    Rank: 10 Year: 2002 Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

    This convention was spread out between the Radission Hotel (5 blocks
    from the River Center), and the combination River Center/Touchstone
    Energy Place Convention Center. The Radission had a majority of round
    dancing, with the rest of the activities at the River Center. Due to
    the low amount of registrations (8817), partially due to the tragedy of
    Sept. 11, 2001, the shuttle bus transportation was limited to only 3 routes...campground, and 2 others...and the routes were served by
    school buses!! There were problems with the sound, if you weren't
    near the front of the hall, or near the speakers. Plus, food costs
    in the Convention Center were rather pricey.

    Rank: 11 Year: 1999 Location: Indianapolis, Indiana

    Unlike the 1986 Convention, this years just barely broke 10,000
    dancers. There were problems with the shuttle buses...and the food
    prices in the Convention Center were extremely high...$3.50 for a
    32 ounce drink!!

    Rank: 12 Year: 1989 Location: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

    The Single Square Dancers were "exiled" to the Fairgrounds, where
    the RV Campers were...and there were shuttle bus problems. They got
    the 2003 NSDC. Unfortunately, I was unable to attend, due to health
    and financial constraints...it was the first convention I had missed
    in 17 years...and I have not attended any since the 2002 NSDC in
    Minneapolis.

    Rank: 13 Year: 1995 Location: Birmingham, Alabama

    The Singles again were in a location 2 blocks away from the main
    dancing activity. One caller who got up to call in the morning in
    the Singles Hall, promptly left the floor without calling his tips,
    when no one would square up for him!! Attendance was 50% lower than
    the previous years NSDC that was in Portland, Oregon.

    Rank: 14 Year: 1990 Location: Memphis, Tennessee

    Transporation was a big problem at this convention...as well as
    a very small space for the Parade Of States.

    Rank: 15 Year: 1996 Location: San Antonio, Texas

    The Singles were "exiled" to the Alamo Dome; and with poor shuttle
    bus service, and with the hot Texas summer sun, some dancers fell ill.

    Rank: 16 Year: 1987 Location: Houston, Texas

    From one extreme to the other, this was the worst convention of all
    I had attended...at least until the 2000 Convention in Baltimore (see
    below). The biggest part was that they tried to sound the square dance
    halls with Peavey Rock-N-Roll Speakers instead of the tradtional
    Yak-Staks. Unless you were right in front of the speaker, you couldn't
    hear. This fiasco practically caused a dancer/caller revolt...with 1/3
    of the 20,000 dancers leaving town the first day of the convention!!
    There were also shuttle bus problems, and the after party coordination
    at Astro World was poorly handled.

    Rank 17 Year: 2000 Location: Baltimore, Maryland

    While sound wasn't a great problem at Baltimore, it was to some
    extent. However, there were other much more severe problems that led me
    to place Baltimore on the BOTTOM of the list of past conventions. These included very poor bus transportation...convention center food service and prices...dancing was spread out, and signs to direct dancers to the right
    halls were sorely lacking. Going between the halls meant walking through "walk-in cooler strips", plus the square dance halls were on concrete...
    with preferential treatment apparently given to round dancers and cloggers.
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