Last December proved to be the last Wednesday Night Hop at The Arvada Tavern. A dancer we hadn’t seen attend our dances in many months professed they were sad we were closing down since it’s so close to their place.
A monthly swing night at Dry Dock Brewing’s South Dock proved unsustainable after a huge kickoff night was followed by a 50% attendance drop the following two months. We discovered that special events spaced out were much more successful.
Several years ago when I was teaching in Europe, I saw the extraordinary news on Facebook – Marilyn was giving Denver’s largest swing night (Tuesday) to the blues dancers. Thursday nights, the secondary night, hadn’t been doing well, so the hope was that consolidation would make more business sense.
These examples all show that we can’t take our venues for granted. We can’t even take the apparent indefatigability of venue showrunners for granted. Colorado Swing Dance Club has been asking for new board members for a few weeks. Will someone new step in, perhaps someone that loves that Friday night dance option and wants to see it continue?
If you like something for whatever reason close to your heart, support it. Support can come in a variety of ways – sharing ways the venue can attract more people, giving encouragement to the new DJ that had to step in, inviting your friends to the dance or class even though you can’t attend, et cetera.