If you're undecided about joining our High Desert Swing Dance Club, because you're not sure we're worth it,
please take the time to read the many benefits below that we offer our members.
Since we are a non-profit organization, ALL of our membership fees and event incomes are used to benefit our dancers and our local community. And, when compared to other dance clubs across the country, we consistently charge our members less for top-level instructor workshops because we don't need to make a profit. Our members also get reduced admission to our monthly club dances ($5 vs. $8).
In January, we offer a Membership Drive and Workshop package that includes five dance lessons for beginner dancers and five lessons for intermediate dancers (your choice), one year HDSDC membership, and free entry into our Saturday night dance the evening of the workshop - all for only $30. That's a great deal all on its own, without even considering the additional benefits noted on this page.
We own an extensive DVD library of dance instruction, workshops and events that local members can check out and use in the comfort and privacy of their home.
We host a few "pot-luck" dinner dances and theme dances each year. Sometimes we provide the main course, or the entire dinner, and we always provide all the needed supplies. We also provide free snack foods, coffee, cups, plates, utensils, etc. at all of our workshops and monthly club dances.
When we bring professional instructors to Boise for our workshops, they usually stay at a board member's home. This helps to reduce the price of our workshops. We also provide free locations for dancers to take private lessons and we help dancers schedule their lesson times.
We're constantly purchasing new music for our lessons and dances, and we're constantly creating new playlists that often include music that our dancers request. We feel that music is the single most important factor at any dance but, of course, we can't please everyone.
We have several dance instructors who regularly teach for us, but they don't get paid a penny! They serve our dance community out of the kindness of their hearts and love of dance.
Every year, some of our instructors attend, at their own expense, out-of-town, weekend dance events. While there, they take advantage of lessons from a variety of top-level instructors and dancers. This helps them stay current and "in-tune" with our constantly changing sport. After returning from these events, they teach much of what they've learned at our local dance lessons.
We own and maintain two, high quality wireless microphone systems, and two sound systems, that we use at our lessons, dances and workshops.
We are always on the lookout for new venues that might be better than our current venues. We are very thankful, however, for our current venues.
Each year we donate financially to Military families in need, the Meridian Food Bank, and sometimes to additional special causes.
We keep our dancers informed via our Email Updates, printed information, verbal announcements, web page, facebook, and Meetup.com (Boise Dancers).