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Howdy friends....

From: Ann M.
Sent on: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 9:31 PM
We have had a big influx of new members and I had an email tonight from one of the newbies. Some of you have been with me since the beginning of this group. It's hard to believe it's been 3 years since I formed this group. I pay the fees to keep the Meet Up group going, and I don't charge anyone to join, to post events or to be my friend. (Unless hugs and cookies count, in that case I may be guilty.) Two years ago I had a major life change and started a job that keeps me on the road 3 weeks out of the month. I'm lucky to get one night out a week to dance when I am home. It makes me feel so good when I see people posting events and friendships developing and growing as a result of being members of this group. It's grown far beyond what I ever imagined. Even though I haven't come close to meeting all of the members of this group, I have made some lasting friendships with those I have connected with on the dance floor. You know my favorite word is abundance...and I feel an abundance of happy memories as well as proud thoughts at the connections this group has helped to develop. Now..on to the email and the answers to some great questions! Hi, Ann. I'm looking for clarification of the purpose of this meet up. Is it a 'Meet Up' where you meet people who like to dance and the group attends dances at different venues or is it about dance lessons? ***Once upon a time...I decided that I wanted to learn to dance. I decided to form this MeetUp group so I wouldn't have to venture out on my own to a local honky tonk for lessons and social dancing. I don't think we are like a typical Meet Up group. Listed on our calendar are dance lessons, dance venues and just nights out to have fun. I try to bring a sign if I know there will be new people there. But I'm not able to attend all of the events. I'm writing this email from Toronto, Canada this evening. (Ohhhhh Canada--it's cold and snowing here.) There are some groups that meet on Friday night at the Electric Cowboy in Lewisville and at Cowboys Red River for both lessons and social dancing afterwards. There's not usually a sign, the group at EC is usually to the right of the bar as you walk in. The Red River group hangs out in the *cool section* at the far end of the inside bar. If you plan to attend, if you post a note on the MeetUp response area for that week people are pretty good about watching out for newbies. Not everyone will RSVP..so there may be many more people there than are listed on the RSVP. Several of the 'Meet Ups' I've joined are actually set up by dance instructors to teach lessons; and if this is one, who is the instructor and what dance style are they teaching? **The calendar for the MeetUp group is open to any member to post. I am thrilled to see more and more people in different areas of DFW adding classes and lessons. I have always encouraged people to add to the calendar to try to find new dance venues and areas of the Metroplex to dance. Usually the event will have the name of the instructor and the dance being taught. Does this meet up attend different venues learning different dance styles? I noticed there are lessons on your calendar scheduled at Red River. Does the group dance anywhere else? **There are dancers in this group that do country, west coast, east coast and latin dances. Most places that offer lessons also follow that with social dancing. We dance at all sorts of places. Red River, Electric Cowboy, Fairfields, Southern Junction, Billy Bob's, Sandunga and many more options. Does the Meet Up do anything else together other than dance? **I head to Deep Ellum once a month and invite all of the members to join me to make Sandwiches for the Soupmobile. We're heading there this Saturday the 23rd and a few people have taken me up on the offer. It's great fun, a nice way to meet people and to give back to the community. I love to dance and NEED a partner so, are there plenty of men in the meet up group? **I wish that I could say that we have an over abundance of men at the events...women definitely do outnumber the men. I do encourage women to ask men to dance..it's worth asking as opposed to standing around waiting to be asked. (I have heard that at Toby Keith's on Wednesday night that the men far outnumber the women....but no promises.) Look forward to meeting the members and you! **I love when I get to meet members of the group. I'm a big hugger and always encourage people to introduce themselves and to say hi. Whew...let me know if you still have questions. Ann

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