Ol' One Eye

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

A Night to Remember!

Last Friday we had the pleasure of welcoming back one of the finest modern country bands in New England, TRUE WEST!! What a fun night it was!! The floor was packed for the lessons and we did a whirl wind of reviews, walk-throughs and new teaches to songs that we know the band plays to ensure everyone could get up and dance. 

They started out with a strong uptempo beat and kept it going all night long with songs like, Down in Mississippi -  It Happens - Stuck Like Glue - Mean - Jambalaya - You Belong with Me - Cowboy Casanova - Suds in a Bucket - Act Naturally - Drink in My Hand.....etc, etc, etc... To say they were good would be an understatement, they were outstanding! Excellent artists, musicians and great stand-up people. We're glad to be able to count them as friends... 

Monday, January 23, 2012


This Friday, January the 27th John, Tommy, Jim, Laura, & Allyn will be making the trek West to keep you up and dancing to your favorite country Hits ALL NIGHT LONG!! Yes indeed TRUE WEST will be back in town after a much too long absence, playing your favorite country dance tunes. If you have never seen True West you're in  for a treat! If you have, you know what a great time we have every time these guys come to town!

*   Down in Mississippi and Up to No Good - Up to No Good 
*  It Happens - Sugar Kane
*  Mean - Mean
*  Jackson - Jambalaya
*  Perfect Love - Heads or Tails
*  You Belong with Me - You Belong with Me
 Cowboy Casanova - Cowboy Casanova
 Suds in a Bucket - Suds in a Bucket
 Act Naturally - Love Trick
 Drink in My Hand - Drink in My Hand.....

Just to name a few....   In order to maximize the fun we'll be teaching beginners line & Partner dances to songs they Play.   See Ya there!!

Bi-Weekly OEP Update!!! (... I been goofing off )

New Dancers & Whiskey Hill  1/20/12 

Whiskey Hill was back at the AMVETS last Friday, mixing it up with a combination of Classic & Contemporary Country with a litter R&R mixed in. There was a good sized crowd overall and we had a full floor for the lessons. BTW we  HAVE NEVER had this many beginners at one time for the lessons!! (Again with the HOW COOL IS THAT!) Good dancers (Picked up quick) and nice people. Great additions to the dance crew! We kept the teaches mostly beginners reviewing Heads or Tails &  Let it Roll let it Ride then taught Little Squirt and the intermediate Partner Dance  Six Pack Summer for the couples who showed up in force as well.

OEP Country Night 1/13/12!!    YEAH!!

We kicked off the 1st OEP Country Dance night of the year on January 14th!. Another fun night of all request dancing all night long at Chicopee AMVETS. These nights really give us the  time needed to teach an extra dance or two or spend a little more time reviewing the more difficult dances. We started the new lessons with a dance to a song that's currently topping the charts"Drink in My Hand" and taught the "Wichita Waltz" for the couples dance. Speaking of couples we're getting more and more couples showing up every week for the lessons. How cool is that?? It's great to see the floor with with couples EVERY SINGLE week.  Next OEP Night is March 9th so mark your calendars.

Saturday, January 7, 2012

What a Great Way to Start 2012!!

We really kicked off 2012 in style at the AMVETS, packing the place for the one and only RADIO RANCH!  Joe, Justin, Matt, Jim and Art started the night out strong with a good upbeat tempo and kept us all up and dancing till closing! We had 30+ people on the floor for the line dance lessons and at some points of the night we had so many Partner dancers on the floor that people had to start a second circle in the middle. (How cool is that, Right?) It was a Outstanding night with High Energy and of course our regular "Party Crowders" and friends we don't get to see every week, Dave & Shelly, Gert & Guy, Rita & Ron, Denise, Diane from Canada, Kristen .....etc etc etc.. forgive me for not mentioning everybody! 

For the lessons we reviewed  the intermediate Line Dance that we taught on 12/30  "Don't Drink the Water" by Rachel McEnaney to the song by the same name by Brad Paisley and Blake Shelton. Got a lot of nice feedback on this one. We also reviewed the  "Argentine Cha Cha" "As a partner dance, not a mixer" to "Trying to get to New Orleans" by the Tractors. (What a Cool Song!) Since we knew we were going to have a few more beginners join us for the lessons, we taught two beginner dances "Let it Roll, Let it Ride" and "Heads or Tails" which they did a great job of picking up. (This was evident by the smiles on their faces as they were able to dance them during the band break.) Good dancers and very nice people. We also taught the partner dance Jambalaya which goes EXCELLENT to Radio Ranch's version of "Hey Good Looking". Radio Ranch will be back on Feb 3rd so mark your calendars!