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March 22, 2005 > Not Just for Urban Cowboys

Not Just for Urban Cowboys

by Susana Nuñez

To an outsider, the words "line dancing" triggers the visual of an all out hoedown at the local country-western club. The reality, however, is the opposite. You'll more likely spot a group of friends line dancing to Michael Jackson's "Beat It" than to the likes of Johnny Cash. At its peak in the mid '90s, line dancing earned a worldwide following as both young and old enjoyed learning new dances to some of their favorite songs. It has left its mark everywhere, from clubs to wedding receptions.

Line dancing is alive and well in the Tri-City area at the Boots 'n Buckles Club. Currently at 110 members, the club holds Friday night dances, when members kick up their heels with favorite steps and practice dances learned at weekly classes. Club goals include doubling membership and attracting a younger crowd to their dances and events. They have already managed to attract some new and younger members by playing music by artists such as Celine Dion and Michael Jackson. "Line dancing used to be country western," Club President Bonnie Sayre said," but they can't even call it country western anymore since we're dancing to so many different types of music."

Boots 'n Buckles is approaching its 20th anniversary and there is more energy in the group than ever. Fridays are often designated as theme nights when members have fun dressing in distinctive costumes - a recent St. Patrick's Day theme will be followed soon by an Easter dance when members will show off personalized Easter "bonnets" on March 25.

The June 4th anniversary dance will celebrate 20 years of Boots 'n Buckles. The Club has scheduled a special choreographer and will be hosting a barbecue dinner for members.

For those who would like to learn to line dance, Rich and Melody Beard hold lessons at Swiss Park in Newark every Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for beginners and intermediates. On Monday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., Trish Boesel instructs an intermediate class.

Public dances sponsored by Boots 'n Buckles are held every Friday night from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. New dances are taught that evening at 7:20 p.m. and dancers are encouraged to come early, ready to learn. Dances are casual and comfortable and all are invited.

For more information about Boots 'n' Buckles Dance Club visit or email

Friday night line dancing
Public $8; Members $6; Seniors 55+, $5
Swiss Park
5911 Mowry Ave., Newark
(510) 793-6272

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