Yes those crazy Kat’s “Gypsy Dancers” from Pottstown Pa are moving again! We are not talking about gypsy jazz music here, we are talking about a group of people nomadically moving from place to place.
Hey everyone, if you are on our email list you got an email earlier this week informing you that we will need to be moving our dance classes & events from the Sunnybrook Ballroom. We very quickly moved into Sunnybrook in the last 2 weeks of 2013 as we had issues with another venue not holding to the terms of it’s contract with us. So the folks at Sunnybrook took us on and agreed to give it a go for a number of months. If they found things to be working out they then would have sign contracts with us and our various partners putting on Ballroom and Salsa dances as well as lessons. However with such short notice all of the particulars could not have been worked out at that time. Since then Sunnybrook has found that particulars (mainly Math) are not working out for them and they have given us generous notice to move our operations elsewhere. I am thankful for the opportunity they gave us as we would have had no where to go on Jan 1st without them.
So, here we are again. It is time to find a new home. As most of our programming that has survived the move from the Ballroom On High is now at the Sunnybrook Ballroom, we at this time will need to find a new home. Fortunately we have been working with a good bunch of guys over at the North End Fire Company who have been willing to work with us and our needs. However, they can only do so much for us and another situation is likely needed for what will not work there at their nice facility. Luckily I have tracked down another option. Last summer I was looking at a building that would have worked beautifully for most of our programming (minus Live Band Swing & Star’s big monthly salsa dance party). It was my first choice in venue however it was under contract to be sold. The good news for us is that it didn’t sell!
As we have been looking into this property we have found that there are many possible hurdles to be crossed in order to make this dream a reality. However one at a time these hurdles seem to be coming down. Keep in mind that moving into this building is a long shot at this point. However we are doing all we can to make this work.
Things are happening very quickly at this point! Way quicker than I was anticipating! I saw the inside of the building for the first time on Friday April 11th (just over a week ago) and then took most of our partners (Ballroom & Salsa Instructors) through the building Saturday April 19th. I have been working with Colleen(one of our Ballroom/Swing dancers) who is a realtor, and my bank to see what the hurdles are and what we can do about them. Though finances have not been the best for me over my years running Swing Kat, the fact that this building is priced in an affordable manner is helping us greatly. My bank has not given me it’s word on a loan yet, but I did receive a call today saying that though it is a close call financially speaking they will likely be able to work something out for us!!! WOO HOO! They told me that the ball is now in my court and that I will need to make an offer on the building before they can proceed any further.
Now last summer we raised over $64,000. in pledges to try and buy a building in Pottstown that fell through due to needing a $100,000. sprinkler system. So, we never collected that money. However, we did do 50/50’s, Star did a Zumbaton, Dibbs & the Detonators gave us a free show & a few people paid on their pledges anyway. All total we raised nearly $6,000. Of that amount $5,077. remains unused in our moving processes so far. If we are to purchase this building, more money will have to be raised. However, unless there is some big unforeseen issue that money we will need to raise should be much, much lower in amount. I will be trying to figure out what we will be needing in the next few weeks as well as how to raise the needed amount. I really don’t want to ask for pledges as I did last summer, so I am going to try to avoid this at all costs. However there are other ways of raising funding. I am currently checking into T-shirt sales, doing 50/50’s again, selling my beloved 1938 collector car and offering private dance lessons on a regular basis to raise the money.
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