Country music and line dancing are typically categorized under things you experience in old western movies or thriving bars in modern day Tennessee, but believe it or not one could find that country atmosphere here on Long Island, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays no less.
Colleen Mcree is a regular at the Nutty Irishman in Farmingdale. The Irish pub has an unusually diverse schedule of weekly events; Ladies night Thursdays, Friday Night Party (The DJ plays party music the whole night), and every Tuesday the pub plays host to local country bands, a line dancing instructor and an entire crowd of line dancers cutting a rug on the modest Nutty Irishman dance floor.
For the 22-year-old country music fan line dancing is a form of escape. Dancing and being around the people is where she feels comfortable. “You’re just there to dance and nothing else matters” said Colleen. “It’s a place to go and you just forget everything for a little bit… It boosts your confidence.”
“Everybody ends up in a huge group of people, because there is not that much room on the dance floor,” said Colleen. The Country night crowd fills the entire bar as well making getting anywhere difficult without getting to know some stranger fairly well. Luckily the point of Line dancing is to move in unison so there is minimal shoving on the dance floor.
Line dances are all about timing and the choreography. For someone who doesn’t know the moves that go with the song it can be a little bit difficult. That doesn’t stop first-timers and novices from joining in with the experts.
Edward Martinez, a 23-year-old who has been line dancing for only a year prefers line dancing because of the comfort that planned choreography offers. “You can follow whoever knows what they’re doing and you’re dancing,” said Martinez. “A few people that go to every country night know a majority of the dances. You’ll see them at the beginning thinking of each song and what dance goes best with it.”
“I’m a die-hard country fan and this is actually my first time [line dancing]” said Joshua Beiling, a tag-along friend of Martinez. “It was a little tricky at first but I caught right on and I was able to get into it.”
“It’s definitely more fun doing it with people who like this music and know what they are doing” said Bieling.
Unfortunately for Bieling the nearby Nutty Irishman in Bay Shore is temporarily closing for renovations next week. That doesn’t mean there will be any shortage of bars featuring a country night on Long Island.
Boot Scootin’ at Who-Ville bar and grille, Country Tuesdays at Revolution, Hump day Hoedown at Dublin Deck. Bars on Long Island can’t seem to help designating Tuesday or Wednesday to a country themed catch phrase and a night of Line Dancing.