We may not be in Texas, but that doesn’t mean we can’t go to the honky tonk. One of these hot summer nights, mosey on down to the Union Station.
Every Wednesday night during the summer from 8 p.m. until 11:30 p.m., country music can be heard blasting from the Union Station in downtown Ogden.
“Dancing is just fun to do,” said 19-year-old Stephen Johnson. “It’s a great outlet.”
Since its debut in 2006, The Country Dance – Ogden has been a haven for those looking to “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” the night away. It has turned into a place to meet new people and a learning experience for those who have never stepped onto the dance floor before.
“I started a few years ago, and I was not good,” says Johnson. “It takes a lot to keep coming back time and time again, but it is just a great experience for people of all ages and styles of dancing.”
The dance club is aimed at older teens and young adults, but dancers of all ages are welcome to come and join in.
Doug Swayngim, 74, tries to bring a group out at least once a month.
“We try to get the ladies out of the house—and most importantly, out of our hair,” said Swayngim. “I started swing dancing when I was a teen and fell in love with it back then.”
The club brings in various age groups including millennials, middle-aged men and women and even some in their nineties.
“I grew up dancing. I just hadn’t ever done swing,” says Kristie Larson, 24.
Larson said she first came to The Country Dance two years ago, and eventually met her future husband there.
“It is a good place to meet people,” she said. “It’s a great de-stressor for a lot of us here.”
The Country Dance strives to give the younger communities a healthy hobby and to keep them out of trouble.
“Once I started dancing here, I just really liked it,” says Ally Sharpe, 18. “It gets me out of the house for some exercise because I hate going to the gym.”
Dancing is one of the ways people can stay on their feet and active instead of on the couch.
The club offers dance lessons from 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for those who need a new lesson or would like a refresher before kicking their boots up.
“Through various dancing, I have been able to lose 10 pounds and actually keep it off,” Sharpe said. “I really like to come out with my friends and shake it.”