I built THE RANCH for my family and I to have a place to dance. Before dancing I like to enjoy a good meal, and while I dance I like a well-made drink. I like the best of everything and my goal with THE RANCH was to have the finest food, drinks and entertainment that I could put together under one roof. That is THE RANCH Restaurant & Saloon.
Before 1995, the only types of dancing I knew how to do were The Shag, which is the State Dance of North Carolina where I am from, and Free Style Dancing, that I could do to any kind of music that I couldn’t Shag to. I have always loved country music and started listening at an early age with Hank Williams doing Jambalaya and watching George Jones and Dolly Parton on the Porter Wagoner Show with my Dad, on our Black and White TV set, every Saturday night. Of course then Rock & Roll came in with Little Richard singing Good Golly Miss Molly, Jerry Lee Louis with Great Balls of Fire, and Dick Clark’s American Bandstand. I was hooked and just had to learn to dance. I remember learning to dance holding on to a tie attached to a doorknob, and my younger sister Linda helping me out with American Bandstand in the background. I was so embarrassed, but I had to learn, or in my mind there was no chance with the girls. After all, and I believe it still holds true today, the guy that can dance has the best chance to succeed with the girl of his choice.
It wasn’t until 1995 that I actually learned to country dance. I had collected all the country music I could find over the years, but knew not how to country dance. Ironically, at the time my then wife hated country music. Obviously that marriage was doomed to failure. When my daughter Ashton was 7 years old, we would listen to Billy Ray Cyrus, George Jones and Buck Owens in the car every morning on the way to her school. My first exposure to country dancing along with Ashton was learning The Electric Slide Line Dance to the song that dominated for many months back then, Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus. You probably will laugh at me, but I would love to have Billy Ray on stage at THE RANCH doing Achy Breaky Heart. In my opinion, country music was saved by line dancing even thought I don’t Line Dance now. Line dancing allows a woman, or a man for that matter, the independence to dance without a partner. This is most important for a woman. She can go to a club and dance all night without having to wait for a guy to ask her to dance. It puts her in control and allows her to have a night of fun by herself, or with a guy if she chooses, or happens to be lucky and finds a guy that can dance.
After learning The Electric Slide, I then learned to Two-Step. To learn I bought dance lesson video tapes and quickly picked up on the slow, slow, quick, quick (which is now taught quick, quick, slow, slow!) I remember buying my first set of Tony Lama boots. After all, you need leather soles to dance on wood and you really need to look the western part. Oh how I did love it! After all, I grew up on Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and The Lone Ranger. I bought my first hat and now I really looked the part! I was ready for The Old Crazy Horse off the 55 and Dyer Road. I remember first asking someone to dance at the Crazy Horse. I don’t remember her name, but she had on open toed shoes and I stepped on them and was so embarrassed. My next attempt was THE RANCH Saloon regular Colleen. She of course was an experienced country dancer and was very patient. As I see her on the dance floor now, I note that she is just as patient now and very much the Pro.
I began learning the West Coast Swing, the state dance of California. I have to tell you, to me this is one of the most fun dances and also one of the more complicated ones. I learned to “double time” the Two-Step, which is now my dance of choice. Of course, I also learned the Cowboy Cha Cha, which is another of my favorites.
At The Old Crazy Horse, I met my wife Morgan and we have been dancing ever since. Morgan is a Line Dancer as well as being a Pro at all the dances I love and I have always been totally enamored with the fact that she can follow any good lead.
I encourage you to come down to THE RANCH and learn to country dance. Even if you can’t dance just watching our dancers on the floor is a show unto itself. You will be amazed and love the show!
Free dance lessons are taught each night Wednesday through Sunday with a DJ every night and a band on Friday and Saturday nights.
Here let me introduce THE RANCH Dance Instructors teaching every night FREE the dances posted on our Saloon Calendar on our Web Site at www.theranch.com under the Saloon drop down Calendar. Dance lessons are taught each Wednesday through Sunday night at 6:30 and 7:30 except on Family Sundays. The first Sunday in the month is Family Night at THE RANCH Saloon and we open at 4:00 with dance lessons at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30. Each of our instructors loves to dance and also offer private lessons as well depending on their availability.
I look forward to seeing you at THE RANCH Saloon!
We are a Country Music Dance Venue, therefore we feature country western style dancing
such as Two Stepping, West Coast Swing, and Line Dancing. The Ranch Saloon has a managed
dance floor. Provocative and out of control dancing is not condoned and you may be asked to
leave the dance floor. Freestyle dancing is only allowed when called by the DJ or the Band!
• The dance floor moves in a counter clockwise direction for Two Stepping.
Fast and experienced dancers on the outside of the floor, slow and beginners
dancers to the inside center of the floor.
• The DJ or Band “calls” every dance to maintain dance floor flow and safety.
• Drinks of any nature are not allowed on the dance floor. This includes drinking
across the rail. There is no standing on the dance floor, as it impedes the flow of dancing.
• For the Safety of all of our patrons, dance lifts by experienced dancers
must be cleared by management or the DJ.
Wednesday & Thursday 6:30PM & 7:30PM
Friday & Saturday Nights 6:30PM & 7:15PM
Family Night Sundays 4:30PM, 5:30PM & 6:30PM
Check THE RANCH calendar for nightly
lessons available at the box office!
Please speak to a manager to inquire about our
Designated Driver Program