An Update From Metro President, Sharon Whalin, September 23, 2020
Metro DFW Ballroom members & friends, I hope this finds you all healthy, wealthy and wise, emphasis on the healthy! I was hoping by September our dancing venues would be opened and back to normal. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Swingtime has let us know that they will be closed through December of this year. Hopefully by January they will be reopened.
Most of you know Adrian and Joe Truley, the facility managers (you’ve seen their smiling faces at the concession window). Joe passed away a few weeks ago after a long battle with pneumonia (not COVID-19). Please keep Adrian in your prayers.
I hope you all stay safe and healthy and we get to see each other after the holidays.
Update June 22, 2020
Here’s the latest update for Metro Ballroom. We will NOT have a dance in June, July or August. Hopefully by September things will be back to normal, or at least to our “new” normal.
So, in the meantime, keep safe and healthy, and don’t forget how to dance!!
Sharon Reynolds, President
Update May 13, 2020
Hello Metro Dancers,
I know this won’t come as a surprise, but our Metro Ballroom May dance is cancelled. As stated last month, Forest Hill has closed Swingtime until June 15th. We won’t know about our June dance until next month.
We are in uncharted territory right now and we’ll just have to play it by ear. In the meantime, stay healthy, strong and be safe. I’ll be glad when we can say, “Let’s dance!!” 💃🕺💃🕺💃🕺
Sharon Reynolds, President
Hi Guys & Dolls, (March 13, 2020)
I hope you are all safe, healthy & sheltering in as requested. As you’ve probably already guessed, there will no Metro Ballroom Dance in April. As of right now, Forest Hills has closed Swingtime until June 15, which would mean our May dance will be cancelled too. But I’m hoping restrictions will be lifted soon and that will change. A notice will go out the first week of May to confirm whether we will have a May dance or not.
Stay safe & healthy & I hope to see you all out dancing soon!!
Sharon Reynolds, President
March 2020 Dance Cancelled
Well Dancers, it’s time to address our March dance status. We’ve made the inevitable decision to cancel our March 28th dance. Many of us are in the age group most susceptible to serious consequences of the COVID-19 virus. Hopefully the proactive measures taken by everyone will result in a return to normalcy soon. Everyone take care of yourselves and stay healthy! Sharon Reynolds, Metro Dance Club President
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!