Happy New Year. We hope you had a Merry Christmas with friends and family and we wish you health and happiness in the coming year. 2017 was a great year. We had a wonderful Round-Up season with the nostalgic trip back to the 50s, as many clubs had 50s themed dances leading up to a great “Rock Around the Clock” Round-Up at the Grapevine Convention Center. We are looking forward to another upcoming Round-Up season in 2018. Also in 2017 many of the clubs had successful recruiting and lessons, adding to their membership and bringing new dancers into their circle of friends and the fun of dancing. 2017 was a fantastic year for club special dances. We and all dancers appreciate the extra effort that club members put forward for their Anniversary Dances and other themed dances that make club visits so much fun. Our activity is much more than just dancing. Meeting new friends, socializing, exercising both mind and body, and for many couples it is their “date night”.
Save the date for the upcoming NTCA Dancer Appreciation Dance at Swingtime Center, Sunday January 28, 7:30 PM. Members of the NTCA, our partners in this activity, are hosting this FREE dance to show their appreciation for us, the dancers. Their theme is “Partners Pick the Program”, meaning the partner, spouse, etc. of the caller or cuer will pick their favorite songs to be performed. This should be interesting. Let’s show them our reciprocal appreciation by attending and having fun.
Also save the date for the Lessons Grant Benefit Dance following the NORTEX Quarterly Business Meeting on Sunday February 18, 4:30 until 6:30. This will be a repeat of last year’s “Crazy Cookie Dance”. Attendees will have a chance to vote on their favorite cookie with their donations to the Lessons Grant Fund, with the winning cookie baker being recognized with a gift card. More details to come. We think a sustainable Lessons Grant program might be one of the keys to our clubs having a sustainable membership. If you’ve never been to a NORTEX Quarterly Business Meeting, come early and see how the business of the Association takes place. Our business meetings welcome all dancers, not just delegates.
The Nominating Committee for NORTEX Officers for 2018-2019 will be meeting on January 21, 2018. The proposed slate of officers for the ensuing year will be presented to the delegates at the February 18, 2018 Quarterly Business Meeting. Elections will take place at the April 2018 Quarterly usiness Meeting, and of course, nominations can always be made from the floor.
We hope you are having as much fun as we are dancing with the new dancers. Please take them with you to visit other clubs. Dance with them and remember what it was like when you were a new dancer. They are the future of your club. We want to thank all the callers, cuers, angels, club officers and all dancers, as well as NORTEX officers and committee chairs. It is truly an honor to serve you, the dancers and clubs of NORTEX. We are looking forward to seeing you as we visit your clubs and special dances and continue to “Live to Dance and Dance to Live”.