I have personally been involved in the location we historically known as the Wild West Saloon on 50th street through all of its transitions/owners as I had been passionate about this room and the possibilities it had. I can’t explain it but this room was “home” to me and many others! It was the Wild West for 32 years so clearly it has great potential! It has weathered a number of changes but will always be the Original Home of the Wild West Saloon.
I have watched it go from the Wild West, to Fandangos, to Draft Bar and Grill and last but not least to Draft Country Nightclub…and I have read reviews upon reviews of each venue name and owner.
When this final closure happened in April 2016 it was time to take the bull by the horns and do something about it!
I started “The West Hall Parties” but I soon realized what we needed was to keep the History of the Wild West alive but accept that it is gone and there was a need to freshen up. I was tossing names around with an acquaintance and we came up with Boot Scoot’n Boogie Dances and it has since stuck.
The first Dance was March 19, College Rodeo weekend. I hired a local Band, The Danita Lynn Band, got a Hall close by the Wild West Saloon and got the word out. That was the start of what I am doing now.
These Events have old fashioned two stepping and new age swing dancing. We have the classic line dancing and new age line dancing. Cowboy hats and cowboy boots are a huge hit here! A lady in a flirty country western skirt with cowboy boots is a unique sight but a constant one in our venue!
We have kept the people of the Wild West together and fostered their friendships with the old Country/Western feels as well as continually supporting local LIVE country bands. Since the Events started there have been 17 Events with anywhere from 50-250 Guests at any given event!
I am continuing my own Live Country Music Room in local Halls as this is a passion of mine. This passion first began in that wonderful room we all loved called the Wild West Saloon and that is where “Boot Scoot’n Boogie Dances” originated from.
I believe there is a need for a venue that bridges the generation gap. The 18-25 year old have several country bars with DJ’d music to go to, the 60 plus generation has a couple of bar options that have live country music and small dance floors. It is the 25-60, that middle age range, that really has no place to go to do some things they are so passionate about, dance, socialize and listen to some good country music, live. Our events cater to ALL ages. We have a live band and recorded music in between. Our Members have also outgrown the “bar scene” and prefer the Hall Dances we offer.
Boot Scoot’n Boogie has been getting stronger and stronger since we started in March 2016. We have operated out of several halls having to move all of our things each time we switch to another hall.
We have had halls cancel our events due to double bookings leaving us in a pickle. We had a hall cancel our booking on the day of the event once leaving us to find a location to move all our guests to in a matter of hours and reach all of our guests to do so. We are in search of a permanent space.
Our group mission and purpose
Our Social Dance non-profit family/society is a casual, affordable form of Music/Dance Therapy which incorporates a Live Music Component as an integral part.
Studies show that dancing and moving rhythmically with other people creates a powerful sense of “withness?” One of the benefits of dancing is an increased sense of vitality, an awakening and renewal of one’s life energy. We offer couples dancing and lessons as well as individual dancing in the form of line dancing and lessons.