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Kick up your heels at The Silver Spur: Line dancing lessons every Monday night

Kick up your heels at The Silver Spur: Line dancing lessons every Monday night

Live country music and dancing fills the dance hall at The Silver Spur in Mechanic Falls on most Friday and Saturday nights. You’re welcome to kick up your heels on the dance floor any way you’d like those nights, whether that’s line dancing or engaging in your own signature moves (which are awesome).

But if you’d like to learn a few line dances to take to back to The Silver Spur – or to bust out later when a line dancing opportunity presents itself or simply because you want to try something new – then mark your calendar for Monday night.

Monday night line dancing lesson at The Silver Spur, Mechanic Falls. Shannon Bryan photo
Monday night line dancing lesson at The Silver Spur, Mechanic Falls. Shannon Bryan photo

DeeDee Allen, who also owns The Silver Spur, teaches line dancing classes in the dance hall on Monday nights from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $5 and new dances are taught every week (so you can keep coming back to build up your repertoire). The lessons are open to all levels – this past Monday, there were a handful of beginners, myself included, but definitely a few men and women who moved with such coolness and ease, I’m certain they’ve been line dancing for ages.

DeeDee Allen leads a line dancing lesson at The Silver Spur. Shannon Bryan photo
DeeDee Allen leads a line dancing lesson at The Silver Spur. Shannon Bryan photo

DeeDee is good-humored teacher, too – able to explain the steps in an easy way, but also able to make some jokes along the way. It is dancing, after all. It’s supposed to be fun (even when some of us keep turning the wrong way or forgetting the step). (DeeDee also teaches Piloxing, a combination of Pilates, boxing and aerobics, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. More on that.)

The Silver Spur sign. Look for it on Lewiston Street in Mechanic Falls. Photo courtesy The Silver Spur.
The Silver Spur sign. Look for it on Lewiston Street in Mechanic Falls. Photo courtesy The Silver Spur.

Also worth noting: The Silver Spur is BYOB. I didn’t see much drinkin’ during my visit, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t gather up a few friends and a bottle of wine and have a grand time line dancing on a Monday night.

After class, you can take home dance sheets with all the steps written out so you can keep practicing.

Dance steps. Shannon Bryan photo
Dance steps. Shannon Bryan photo

(TIP: If you’ve never been to The Silver Spur, know there’s a banquet hall AND a dance hall. I inadvertently walked into the banquet hall and stumbled in on a Zumba class…where I stood confused for a few moments thinking, “This doesn’t look like line dancing.” The dance hall door is on the right (when you’re looking at The Spur head on).

Country line dancing lessons at The Silver Spur

6 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays
$5
The Silver Spur, 272 Lewiston St., Mechanic Falls.
www.thesilverspurclub.com and on Facebook.

Note: This story originally published on Jan. 28, 2016


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Shannon Bryan

Shannon Bryan

I don't like "exercise" any more than you do. But you know what I do like? Paddleboarding with a friend all afternoon (and then sitting in the grass to drink chardonnay). Bike rides and nachos, hikes, yoga classes held in breweries, group paddles to Fort Gorges, you get the idea. Because Maine is my gym.