TRIPLE PLAY TOMORROW NIGHT AT THE BIG APPLE RANCH!

We’ve got:

* Spring Break - wear your finest spring break attire.  There will be Speedos in the house.   All proceeds to benefit Team NY Aquatics

* More West Coast Swing with DJ Dave Muzii

* and last, but certainly not least, this Saturday’s line dance is Outlaw.

Here is a couple all set for the Spring Break Dance this Saturday at the Big Apple Ranch.  All they need is a pair of cowboy boots and they are ready to dance the night away.   For those of you a little more modest…same outfit with a Hawaiian shirt coverup that can be unbuttoned as the night goes on.    A benefit night for Team New York Aquatics, who promise to wear their speedos for our enjoyment!!

Here is a couple all set for the Spring Break Dance this Saturday at the Big Apple Ranch. All they need is a pair of cowboy boots and they are ready to dance the night away. For those of you a little more modest…same outfit with a Hawaiian shirt coverup that can be unbuttoned as the night goes on. A benefit night for Team New York Aquatics, who promise to wear their speedos for our enjoyment!!

The Big Apple Ranch wishes a Very Happy Birthday to DJ Andrew!   Thanks for the great music.  We love you!

The Big Apple Ranch wishes a Very Happy Birthday to DJ Andrew!   Thanks for the great music.  We love you!

IN OUR CONTINUING SERIES “MEET A RANCHER”, HOW WELL DO WE KNOW OUR BARTENDER STEVE HAUCK?

He is quite a guy!   The Big Apple Ranch caught up with Steve to find out more about who he is and his history at the Ranch.   Don’t miss the link to the video of his work at the end of the interview!

BAR: How long have you been bartending at the Ranch, and how did you get started?  My first year working at the Ranch was 2003. I started in coat check, and moved gradually to the front desk, then to bartending. I remember going to the Ranch to dance as early as 1995. My friend Dean Deason was running it then. I enjoyed the low-key, friendly atmosphere, so different from the dance club scene. And I liked the challenge of learning a new line dance every week. I was still going to dance auditions then, and it helped me get the steps quickly. 

BAR: What’s your favorite thing about bartending at the Ranch? 
My favorite thing about bartending at the Ranch is the social interaction. I haven’t danced in a while, but I enjoy talking with regulars and newbies alike. I don’t go to gay bars as a rule. They seem to me to be the exclusive domain of the young. I’m 54. The Ranch offers a friendly, welcoming atmosphere to everyone regardless of age. So many gay places are all about a snooty attitude. I like that we’re creating a warmer, looser atmosphere. 
BAR: What do you do in your “real” life?  
I’m an actor. I moved to New York in 1990 to pursue my theatrical career, and in addition to being a social outlet, the Ranch has been a great way to earn cash in between shows. The last few years have been very fruitful for me. I did my first Broadway show, IRENA’S VOW, in 2009, and I’m starting my second next week—THE VELOCITY OF AUTUMN, a two-character play with Stephen Spinella and Estelle Parsons. I’m standing by for Stephen, so I may get to act with Estelle, an 86-year old Oscar winner. The great (and sometimes alarming) thing about the acting business is that you never know where it’s going to take you. I’ve also been doing a lot more TV and film in the last several years, which is great because of the money (including residuals, hallelujah) and exposure. I’ve had roles on ELEMENTARY, THE AMERICANS, ALPHA HOUSE, THE BLACK BOX, BOARDWALK EMPIRE, GOSSIP GIRL and 30 ROCK. And I’ve appeared in the movies OLDBOY and THE SWEET BLOOD OF JESUS (both directed by Spike Lee), THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 (coming out this May), and WHAT HAPPENS NEXT, a gay rom-com in which I’m married to the hilarious Wendie Malick. 
And here is Steve in action:  https://www.dropbox.com/s/lvr47nce4jqvij9/steven_hauck.mov
ANOTHER GREAT OPTION FOR TONIGHT -  RAINBOW TANGO!
Rainbow Tango asks: Have you ever danced tango with a person of the same sex? Or how about a woman who takes the lead in the dance? Come to Rainbow Tango and find out what you’ve been missing! Traditional dance roles are broken here. Experienced and beginner dancers are welcomed. What if you never danced tango? We can start you up with a quick intro! No partner necessary, wear comfortable shoes - smooth soles preferred. Anyone can lead! Anyone can follow!Where: Asura Restaurant, 235 West 35th St (By Wingate hotel)When: Wednesday March 19, 2014 Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm$10 per person - includes introdutory classhttp://www.rainbowtangonyc.com/

ANOTHER GREAT OPTION FOR TONIGHT -  RAINBOW TANGO!

Rainbow Tango asks: Have you ever danced tango with a person of the same sex? Or how about a woman who takes the lead in the dance? Come to Rainbow Tango and find out what you’ve been missing! Traditional dance roles are broken here. Experienced and beginner dancers are welcomed. What if you never danced tango? We can start you up with a quick intro! No partner necessary, wear comfortable shoes - smooth soles preferred. Anyone can lead! Anyone can follow!

Where: Asura Restaurant, 235 West 35th St (By Wingate hotel)

When: Wednesday March 19, 2014 
Time: 7:00pm - 10:00pm
$10 per person - includes introdutory class

http://www.rainbowtangonyc.com/

Bob has been busy trying out new looks for the Spring Break Dance this Saturday at the Big Apple Ranch.   For Bob this would be an understated look!     Don’t miss out, throw on your Hawaiian shirts and sufer jams or t-shirt and speedo and join us on the dance floor!!

Bob has been busy trying out new looks for the Spring Break Dance this Saturday at the Big Apple Ranch. For Bob this would be an understated look! Don’t miss out, throw on your Hawaiian shirts and sufer jams or t-shirt and speedo and join us on the dance floor!!

What happens once a month, and  IS your friend?   Why it’s JOHN LINDO teaching West Coast Swing at Dance Manhattan one Wednesday every month. Followed by a dance party with DJ (none other than) John Lindo :).  This week is it!    Sign up here.

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GOT THE MONDAY BLUES?  HERE’S THE ANTIDOTE!

It’s never too early in the week to start dreaming about next Saturday night at the Big Apple Ranch.

We’ve got:  

1. More WCS with DJ Dave Muzii

and

2. Spring Break - all proceeds benefit Team NY Aquatics!   Cute men in tight Speedos!

Put the Big Apple Ranch on your calendar for next Saturday night :)

Some pics from another awesome night at the Big Apple Ranch :).  

We’re already smart because we love the Big Apple Ranch!    Come on out and dance tonight!

Feel like going south for a few days?   Peach State Country Western Dance Championships is next weekend in Atlanta.    Ranchers will be teaching, performing and competing, and some Ranchers are going just for the fun.  The only valid reason to miss the Ranch on a Saturday night :)

Some fun from last Saturday night.   Don’t miss this week!   Our line dance is Urban Myth.   Here’s your video!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nQCOszwaeA

Some fun from last Saturday night.   Don’t miss this week!   Our line dance is Urban Myth.   Here’s your video!  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7nQCOszwaeA

ALSO ON YOUR CRUISE….SARA HILBRICH OF ROLEPLAY SWING!
See her dance!  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AznKeetX-Ic
Sign up for the cruise!  
http://www.danceacrosstheseas.com/GLBT_TRAVEL.html

ALSO ON YOUR CRUISE….SARA HILBRICH OF ROLEPLAY SWING!

See her dance!  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AznKeetX-Ic

Sign up for the cruise!  

http://www.danceacrosstheseas.com/GLBT_TRAVEL.html

Rancher Gloria Rothstein is March’s Follower of the Month at Connolly’s Tuesday night West Coast Swing dance.    Come on down and dance with her!
Gloria Rothstein

A little background…
Found my passion for dancing in Southern California. Was out dancing 5-6 nights a week. Went to The Press Box every Friday where all the PROS would come out and dance with everyone. Press Box was a dive bar connected to Westminister Bowling Alley but it was heaven for dancing. Kenny Wetzel set the stage, welcomed everyone, and ensured everyone danced with everyone, setting up gang dances for visiting PROS. Afterwards we would go to The Westminister Cafe where Kenny Wetzel, Mary Ann Nunez, Mark the Marine, and others would share their stories and themselves. Was a wonderful time to be dancing and the energy was amazing. Would have probably done better in my dancing if I had not blown out my ACL and MCL in my knee when my binding did not release while skiing. Moved to NY after a 19 year vacation in Southern California to care for my parents who are now both gone. Took a lot out of me but I am glad I did it. I am a Social Worker, caring for others, and needed to do the same for my family. I still LOVE to dance. Am proud to call myself a dance slut. Any time I am sitting, I’d rather be dancing. Lost my edge for asking people to dance. So please do ask me to dance. I will always say YES. I am a sensitive soul. One thing that may surprise you is that I am shy. It surprises me too. This picture is from the Renaissance Faire in Southern California, 1985.

Rancher Gloria Rothstein is March’s Follower of the Month at Connolly’s Tuesday night West Coast Swing dance.    Come on down and dance with her!

Gloria Rothstein

A little background…

Found my passion for dancing in Southern California. Was out dancing 5-6 nights a week. Went to The Press Box every Friday where all the PROS would come out and dance with everyone. Press Box was a dive bar connected to Westminister Bowling Alley but it was heaven for dancing. Kenny Wetzel set the stage, welcomed everyone, and ensured everyone danced with everyone, setting up gang dances for visiting PROS. Afterwards we would go to The Westminister Cafe where Kenny Wetzel, Mary Ann Nunez, Mark the Marine, and others would share their stories and themselves. Was a wonderful time to be dancing and the energy was amazing. Would have probably done better in my dancing if I had not blown out my ACL and MCL in my knee when my binding did not release while skiing. Moved to NY after a 19 year vacation in Southern California to care for my parents who are now both gone. Took a lot out of me but I am glad I did it. I am a Social Worker, caring for others, and needed to do the same for my family. I still LOVE to dance. Am proud to call myself a dance slut. Any time I am sitting, I’d rather be dancing. Lost my edge for asking people to dance. So please do ask me to dance. I will always say YES. I am a sensitive soul. One thing that may surprise you is that I am shy. It surprises me too. This picture is from the Renaissance Faire in Southern California, 1985.

GET READY FOR SPRING, RANCHERS!  Dancing far and wide.  
Here are the details for the Gays for Patsy’s Annual Hoedown, Spring Stomp!, down in Provincetown, Massachusetts, April 25-27, http://www.gfp.org/stomp. We have a new venue: Sage Inn and Lounge for Friday night’s dance and Saturday workshops. The main dance will be at Town Hall. Alan Gaskell will return to teach advanced Two Step, West Coast Swing, and Waltz. Art Sullivan will be teaching our beginning Two Step. Hope to see you there.

GET READY FOR SPRING, RANCHERS!  Dancing far and wide.  

Here are the details for the Gays for Patsy’s Annual Hoedown, Spring Stomp!, down in Provincetown, Massachusetts, April 25-27, http://www.gfp.org/stomp. We have a new venue: Sage Inn and Lounge for Friday night’s dance and Saturday workshops. The main dance will be at Town Hall. Alan Gaskell will return to teach advanced Two Step, West Coast Swing, and Waltz. Art Sullivan will be teaching our beginning Two Step. Hope to see you there.