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.
May 15 Update
Hi Metro Ballroom dancers. We’ve had a great response from members & guests, So it’s official, we are having our first dance on Saturday, May 22nd!!! The cost will be $10.00 each. Dress is business casual for men, no jeans or knit shirts, and after 5 for ladies, bling always works!We are excited about seeing everyone again. We won’t be having a snack table yet, but you are welcome to bring snacks for your table. We will start at 7:30. Hope to see you all there!!
April 17, 2021 Update
TO ALL METRO BALLROOM MEMBERS & GUESTS
As we listen to the news reports, there seems to be some light at the end of this pandemic tunnel. With this in mind, we are cautiously anticipating having our first dance on Saturday, May 22nd. We will no longer have membership fees and the admission fee is now only $10.00 per person. We would, however, like to hear your sentiments on our opening back up. Would you please RSVP, by April 24th, to firstname.lastname@example.org, to let us know if you are willing to come or not.
Caution will be the byword for this first dance, and others to follow:
*Hand sanitizer will be at all tables
*Masks are encouraged, but not mandatory. Dance hosts will wear masks
*Tables will be further apart
*There will be no snack tables, but feel free to bring food for your table
*BYOB. Set-ups will still be sold
*The dance will be 7:30 – 10:30 at Swingtime Center, 5100 SE Loop 820, Ft Worth, 76140
*There will be a line dance lesson at intermission
*Music Makers will be providing our music
We have really missed seeing our dance friends, so we are hoping you all will RSVP that you are coming.
Sharon Reynolds, President
Mardi Gras Ball 2020
Black and White Ball 2020
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!