An update from Sharon Reynolds, Metro Dance Club President, 2/14/2021
Dear Metro Members,
I hope this finds you all healthy and doing well, maybe dancing from your living room, to the kitchen, and maybe down the hall. 😁The board recently met and some decisions were made. Once we are able to dance again at Swingtime, tentatively June 26, the entry fee will be $10 per person for everyone. There will be no yearly dues collected. Hopefully the new price will encourage attendance. We are going to be alternating between a band and a DJ in the future.
We need to have a vote on a new board. If you know anyone who would like to serve, please let us know.
Our world has definitely changed, and while it may not go back to the way it was. We are just hoping our new normal will include dancing!!
Mardi Gras Ball 2020
Black and White Ball 2020
Proposed Changes to Metro Dance Club
At our August 2019 dance, we asked for suggestions to keep Metro going into the next decade. Thanks to your great suggestions, I feel we will be able to keep Metro going for several years. We have some immediate changes and are working on many more to ensure continued support and growth.
First, we received many suggestions on possible less expensive venues. We contacted most and also had a discussion with Swingtime. They have come up with a solution to lower the costs and still keep Swingtime and Saturday night. This would mean shortening the dance by 30 minutes (new time: 7:30 to 10:30) and would lower the cost by $200 a month. They are willing to rewrite our contract and lowering our costs starting in September. This will save us $600 this year.
Second, we will have to speak to our bands to see if they can lower their costs since they will be playing 30 minutes less. However, we have contracts with them for this year so we may not be able to lower band costs this year but will for next year.
Third, we are changing our dress code. No more summer and winter dress. All dances with the exception of our Black and White Ball will be dressy casual. No Jeans/No Tee Shirts. Men need to wear collared shirts. We feel this many encourage the younger dances who don’t already have the formal/fancy clothes that the older crowd has acquired. We have not decided on our December dance and that may be formal as well.
Fourth, we will be alternating with DJ and Bands. In order to ensure we have sufficient funds to hire them. We are starting a new program –Sponsorship.
Fifth, the majority of the responses indicated they would be happy to increase membership and/or admittance fees. Rather than increasing the membership and admittance across the board, we have come up with a sponsorship plan as follows. We would need the sponsorship to be paid by November 1, 2018 in order to better plan and budget.
Fred and Ginger Sponsor – $1000.00. This will include two memberships and admission to all 12 dances for two people with no additional costs. Sponsor will be acknowledged at the beginning of the dance and name will be displayed. You can pick your band (with board approval) and/or month. Celebrate an anniversary, birthday, etc.
Dancing on the Table Sponsor – $500. This is designed to get a group of people an opportunity to help pay for the band. Most people have a group of people they sit with each month. All could “chip” in and pay most of the cost of the band. This sponsor will be acknowledged at the dance. This does not include membership or admission to any dances.
Strike Up The Band –Any amount. Single donations earmarked for payment for music.
We have more plans to increase membership and encourage younger dancers and are working on getting these solidified.
I think we are off to a good start and am confident we can keep Metro alive and well for years to come.
You can help Metro remain a top dance club.
Join/renew your membership.
Invite your friends to join.
Attend as often as you can.
We are in need of greeters at the dances and we are currently looking for a volunteer to create and distribute our Metro Club Newsletter and Flyers. If you would like to help the club with these tasks please contact Denise Clark at 817-706-4669.
Thank you for bringing snacks to our dances! You have been doing a great job and are greatly appreciated!