...Since the glow-in-the-dark-dance began, actually. That dance was around before I was a member of the club. I wouldn't know when it started, exactly. But it's been literally years. It has been a thing. THE thing of my club. (I also won't receive any more glow-in-the-dark bracelets, which is problematic for my confidence levels, but that's a sidenote of the issue.)
The reason given?
Because it wasn't very profitable last year.
I don't think the new wave of members understand what that dance stood for.
It wasn't for the profit. That was something which was good for the club, yes, but it wasn't something the club really needed from the event.
The glow-in-the-dark dance represented our club showing off. It represented us hosting a party. It represented us presenting ourselves to the whole square dance world: "This is our club. This is what we do for fun. This is our event, and we are here to share it with you."
The dance represented the heart and the soul of the club. Something to have fun. Every club has or had their own unique event. Some of them are newer than others. Some of them span back literally years. But every club eventually gained their own unique event. Each event had its own quirk to it. Each event had something appealing, a catch, a hook, to reel people in, to draw them in, to fill the dance floor, and get people across three states and two countries to attend no matter the distance.
And I don't think the current club members understand this, that the unique club dance represents the health, the livelihood, of a club. We've been limping along the last few years, that much is true. But by not hosting a dance, it's about the same as saying "we're not going to be successful anymore". It's a resignation of defeat, one step short of the whole club folding.
And I'm just...not happy at it. Sad, even. It's disheartening to see this thing which was part of my childhood, a highlight of most years, now be gone, because...because it just was something which deserved to stay around. It deserved to still be run. I'm not sure how I can put this to words. I'm emotional, and not in a good way.