I noted with interest that a request was just posted to separate out
class fees from the membership fee when responding to the query posted
earlier about branch membership fees. I am curious how many branches
(or non-branches, for that matter) include classes as a benefit of
membership as opposed to charging separate fees for them.
FYI, the Twin Cities Branch membership fee of US$30 per individual/$50
household includes classes. If individuals choose not to join the
branch, we charge $3 per class, but we found that by offering classes
as a benefit of membership, almost everyone joins. It's also a lot less
hassle for us, as no one really liked dealing with class fees every
Since we started this policy of including classes in our membership fee
about 5 or 6 years ago, our membership has grown steadily from around
40 people to around 70 people. Last year we had an average of 5-6 sets
of dancers at our weekly class.
Incidentally, it is not really possible to separate out class fees from
the rest of our membership fee. Our total membership fee is loosely
based on the the fact that (as of this year) approx. US$15 goes to
Scotland. The other $15 covers things like a subscription to our
bimonthly newsletter, administrative costs, and space rental for
classes. However, it should be noted that we make a substantial amount
of money throughout the year doing performances (more than we make in
dues, actually). If we did not have that source of income, we'd have
to raise our fees substantially.