A Dance Community's Tribute

Hello Country Dancers! And Happy February, 2023!

For this month's email, I wanted to let y'all know that there are three new articles on the blog!

February's Topics:

A Dancing Community Tribute

2023 Stagecoach Country Dance Contests, Full California Round-Up!

Good Dance Floor Etiquette – All The Essential “Need to Knows!” For Both Partner and Line Dancing.

A Dancing Community Tribute...

First, I want to share something rather unique and special that some of my local dance community friends and I did. We went dancing for 14 straight nights! Why? Well, we did this in honor of a very cool man that we lost to cancer way too soon. If interested check out the details here.

This is a very short post and is mainly just all the photos of us dancing all those days for 2 weeks. It was a fun challenge, but it also created a stronger bond between dancing friends and really that is the best thing about the dance community, wherever you may be–the friendships found and held for years to come.

Stagecoach Dance Contests!

As mentioned last month, here in Southern California, two events in progress or coming up are the Edge Dance Convention in March and the Yearly Stagecoach Dance Contests in February & early March.

The Stagecoach Dance Contests have begun and are in full swing! And, as promised last month, I now have a new blog post made for the Stagecoach Dance Contests! It has all you need to know!

The Bars, The Dates, The Dances!

2023 Stagecoach Country Dance Contests, Full California Round-Up!

At each bar's contest there will emerge 4 winners! Each will win a Stagecoach General Admission 3-day Pass & a chance to be on the Stagecoach Honky-Tonk Dance Team! Four contests have already happened, and this week the competition will continue at InCahoots in Fullerton CA!

#1 SAT 1/28 Cowboy Country, Long Beach CA
#2 THU 2/2 The Ranch Saloon, Anaheim CA
#3 FRI 2/10 Montanas, San Dimas, CA

#4 FRI 2/17 Brandin Iron Saloon, San Bernardino CA
#5 WED 2/22 InCahoots Fullerton, CA
#6 THU 2/23 Stampede, Temecula, CA
#7 FRI 2/24 BL Saloon, Agoura Hills, CA
#8 TUE 2/28 Moonshine Flats, San Diego CA
#9 THU 3/2 Buckle & Boots, Lancaster CA
#10 SAT 3/4 STONEYS, Sacramento CA
#11 SUN 3/5 Fantasy Springs Casino, Indio CA

So many dance contests! Even if you don't compete, these are super entertaining nights to go dancing and see the best dancers leave it all out on the floor!

Good Country Dance Floor Etiquette!

Good Dance Floor Etiquette – All The Essential “Need to Knows!” For Both Partner and Line Dancing.

Check out a new article that takes a deep dive into dance floor etiquette. This is a mix of research and my own observations. Anything left out is probably covered in some of the sources I've sited. Check it out! And let me know if there's something missing! This can be an evolving article/list about the topic.


Yes, The Edge is coming up! Next month, March 10-12, 2023 will be the 4th Annual Edge Dance Event! I love this event and want to let you know you can still get your tickets! Click here to Register!

Some New Things this Year!

This year there are two new things being offered! First is something called The Beginner Barn!​ This a great experience being offered for brand new beginner dancers throughout the weekend at the Edge!

Besides all the workshops and the new things being offered, like last year, the Edge also features great dance competitions going on at night in the CRC Barn to challenge and entertain. In preparation for these, there have been some invitational competitions. Most have passed, but here's the dates & locations of the final ones!

Feb. 21 Country Nights with DJ Keahi and Debb in San Diego (Tuesday night)
Feb. 24 Mavericks, in Pleasanton CA
(Friday night)
Feb. 25 Stoney's, Sacramento CA
(Saturday night)​

Even if you are not competing, these are great nights to go see some great dancers compete!

Beautiful Temecula Valley & Country Dance Workshops!

To see what this event is like, check out my blog post recap of it from last year:
The Edge Dance Event – A Unique Country Dance Convention Experience!

Note: I know I have subscribers from all around and I'm reporting often on the Southern California country dance scene. So, please if you want me to mention or announce your event or classes anywhere in the world I would be glad to do so!

Just reply to the email and let me know!

Also, when it comes to cool dance halls and dance clubs in other places, please know that I’m on the lookout! Where are the best places to go dancing? Or what great country dancing events are coming up?

And, as a subscriber to my blog please let me know where YOU go dancing! I’d love to know! This might help me create the next giant exhaustive blog post for BEST PLACES TO COUNTRY DANCE in a city near YOU!


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Country Dancing Tonight

Hi, I’m Brian and I love country dancing! I am a single dad to 4 amazing adult kids and live in Fullerton, California. In 2016 I went through a divorce, and like many going through something like that, I was pretty devastated. In my journey toward recovering and moving on, a recurring theme I heard was that there’s hope! People talked about finding silver linings in things like this. Maybe you’ll do things and discover things you never would have before! Well, in 2017 some friends of mine invited me to go to a country bar where there was dancing. But this wasn’t just any country bar, this was the Ranch in Anaheim California! A very nice premier place for live music and country dancing. I joined them and had a really good time. And over time, even without my friends, I kept going just to sit, have a beer, and hang out. (better than being all alone at home). I wasn’t dancing immediately at all–that terrified me! But what I found was that just sitting and watching people dance was nice, even therapeutic. Something about just watching people dance was very cool. But you can’t be at a place like that too long before you try it out yourself. So began my journey into country dance. At first, it was line dancing, but then after a few lessons, I actually tried the two-step as well. There were some rather terrifying moments to that of course! But now, here 6 years later I have enjoyed many many nights of dancing. In that time I learned the basic Two Step, learned several partner dances, and now know close to 50 line dances and tried out hundreds. It has really become a very fun outlet and activity. A place for meeting new friends and enjoying some great nights of live music and dancing. Looking back, I would never have guessed I'd be so caught up with, of all things, dancing! But here I am, and I'm happy to have found it and all the things and people that surround it. And now to write about the discoveries and hopefully put out some interesting and helpful information about it is a bonus!

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