"taxi dancers to keep the ladies happy and to encourage beginner leaders to keep coming back. Have any of you lot heard of this being tried and did it make a difference." I know of at least one town (which shall remain nameless) where the organizers adress this need by having men show up specifically to provide partners where men are in short supply. It's all done sort of "on the sly". These events have continued to be popular for several years, so I guess it must be working. To me the term "taxi dancer" implies payment for dance, and the only place I'm sure this goes on is in Buenos Aires, based on my readings. From what I read it is a pretty common thing there. I have thoughts about how most of us think about paying for things with money, which aren't fully formed and which I should proabably keep to myself. You would know best whether such an idea would be accepted in your community. But maybe you don't mean "taxi dancer" in that sense. Cruise lines have "Gentlemen Host" programs. Cruise in return for dancing with the ladies. What can you offer these men? Free lessons? Free admission to the milonga? One instructor here in Portland allows anyone who has taken one of his classes to take his "Tango from the Ground Up" class free of charge. Having experienced dancers who aren't total beginners in the class is (hopefully) a benefit to those who are complete beginners. But that's a suggestion for teachers, rather than organizers, I guess.