Admissions to the weekly dances has held steady at $8 for 5 years. There has not been an increase in the weekly admission since 2004. Unfortunately our expenses have steadily increased over that same time period. We are sorry, but to keep the dances going we find we must finally pass on some of those increased costs to you our valued patrons. However, you can still pay less per dance by purchasing a dance card for $40. This card gives you five dances for just $40, a potential savings of $5-10! Please sign up to receive our emails as we will be offering early bird discounts from time to time. In defense of the admission price, where else can you get 3.5 hours of entertainment that includes parking, coat check, all the food you care to consume and hundreds of singles to meet, for just $9-10? Compared to a movie, bowling, dinner, etc. this is a bargain.
Anyone over the age of 25 may attend. While we have a variety of ages 25 - 60+, the majority are aged 35 - 50. All attendees are young at heart.
Think of all the costs that a private sponsor must pay that a non-profit/charity organization (church) does not. We must pay for the rental of a facility, any required housekeeping and security personnel. We do not have church members volunteering as our dance staff. There is all the cost of insurances, permits, wages, taxes, and licenses, not to mention the promotion expenses. We also provide fun mixers, themes and decorations as well as the famous refreshments or "Snack Food Buffet" at every dance. We also pay for a higher quality DJ. Not only that, if you think about it, what else can you do for the price of an admission? You get 3.5 hours of entertainment, hundreds of singles to meet and food as well. Not many other activities can be done any cheaper.
We offer a pre-paid dance punch card that saves on each dance. They are available for purchase at any dance and are valid for admission at any $9 dance. The cost is $40 for 5 dances. Many find the punch cards to be convenient and safer to carry than cash. Joining our email list is another way to save money. Periodically we offer admission discounts with our email updates.
If these dances are not sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, why are there standards?
Dee's Dances was established as an alternative to the single's dances sponsored by the LDS church on Friday nights. In addition to renting fun and interesting locations, Dee's Dances has the flexibility to play a more contemporary mix of music, which is what has always made us popular. We can also vary the atmosphere by providing theme dance parties. Those in attendance still need to adhere to high standards which include a dress and conduct code.
Most dances are casual dress and jeans are allowed. The dress code is specifically: No halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, belly shirts, backless, strapless, low cut, see through or otherwise revealing clothing. No offensive sayings on shirts. Skirts and shorts must be of a modest length (no more than 3" above the knee). No smoking or alcohol is allowed. If best dress is specified, then dresses and modest evening wear for the ladies, shirts and ties (and jackets) for the men.
Our goal is to provide a wholesome, clean alternative social event for you to meet other quality single adults. We enforce a dress and conduct code so that all patrons will feel comfortable at every dance without being offended by revealing clothing and inappropriate conduct. Dee's Dances provides a much needed alternative to the "bar scene".
Hopefully most situations are turned away before they enter the dance, but many times someone's attire is modified after entering the dance. If you are comfortable approaching someone and offering guidance as to the appropriate standards of dress and conduct, please do so. If not, please alert one of our staff members to the issue and we will try to handle it tactfully.
All music is provided by Exceptional Sound, Mobile Music and Entertainment. The DJ plays a mix of mostly contemporary "Top 40" and requests. Many times these requests span a wide variety of music tastes and style. While we are always happy to play a request, we do screen requests for appropriate content and dance-ability, [one that will keep the dance floor full]. We do not usually play club mixes and usually play 5-6 fast, upbeat songs for every 1-2 slow, romantic songs. Every one has different tastes in music so we try to play a variety that will satisfy everyone.
The "Snack Food Buffet" is original and unique to Dee's Dances. The buffet usually has over 25+ snack items including hot nachos and salsa. We also try to include some healthy snacks, and we always provide unlimited ice water and breath mints.
Most of the facilities we rent have strict guidelines as to when the rental period ends. We end our events with enough time to allow us to tear down, do any required clean up and vacate the premises within the time period of our contract.
Some of the facilities we rent are not available for the additional early time needed prior to the dance to teach dance instruction. For every additional hour, we have increased costs in staffing, rental, DJ and teachers. It may not physically or economically possible to offer instruction at every dance.
Similar to the postal mail list, we sometimes have a very hard time reading the email addresses that are hand written, especially in the case of "O"s and zeros, underscores and hyphens etc. We will try variations of the address if it comes back as undeliverable, but once we have exhausted all possible combinations, we delete the address. The best way to get on the mailing list is to do it from the website where you type in your address. You can do it from the main page by clicking here.
We find that the Salt Lake area is a nice middle place for Utah and Davis Counties. Each dance is very expensive to sponsor, thus we use locations that we are most familiar with in the Salt Lake/Utah County area of the Wasatch Front. Our employees reside in Utah County and are not willing to travel an additional hour or two. Not many realize that we arrive 2 - 4 hours before the beginning of the dance to get everything ready, making most dance nights 6 - 8 hours long for our staff. We ourselves do not get home many nights until after 3 am and to go further north would place additional hardships on our great staff. This also applies to other areas we have had requests for to hold dances (St. George and Las Vegas).
There is not enough older music, not enough newest music, not enough slow dances, too many slow dances - why is that?
When we started Dee's Dances, we were popular because we always played the newer contemporary, Top 40 music mixed with requests for older music. Everybody thinks they know what everyone else wants to hear when in fact, everyone in the room has different musical tastes and at any given time, someone will love the music while others will hate it. We try to play enough variety that will satisfy the majority of tastes in the room and do so based on the requests that are made. We have found that playing 3 - 4 faster songs to 2 slower songs seems to be a good mix of fast and slow, but will sometimes keep things moving a little longer if the crowd is really in to it.
The pictures are not of the highest quality for a couple of reasons. They are reduced in size and quality so that they load quickly on the website, not everyone has high speed internet. Also, without having release waivers signed by everyone, we can't just post pictures that could be downloaded and used for whatever reason. The close up pictures are people who have consented to have their pictures on the web site, the crowd shots are lower quality because we do not have those same permissions.
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