The Texas Two-Step

I’m going to put all my cards on the table right away: this post is likely to be fairly embarrassing for me. But as someone who’s already posted a video sitting in my bathroom, I’m willing to roll the dice. For those of you keeping score at home, that’s two casino references in two sentences.

About two weeks ago I went two-stepping for the first time. For those of you unfamiliar with how this works, Wikipedia’s got you covered. The sad thing is, after reading the first few sentences of this description, not only was I terrible at it, but according to this site, I was also doing it incorrectly. Counterclockwise, you say? Great.

A group of my friends decided that Halloween just wouldn’t be complete without a little two-steppin’ at the Broken Spoke on South Lamar. I’d driven by this place, and it sure screams “Texas” as you go by, but believe me, that’s nothing compared to inside. A hardwood, beer-stained floor sprawls out in front of you as you enter, leading right up to a five- or six-piece band (mustache required!) that jams the night away. But this stage has seen its fair share of celebrities–on their Web site, you can see pictures of all the famous visitors of the Broken Spoke including Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson.

The Midnight Rodeo, on East Ben White Blvd., offers a great venue for concerts and two-stepping.

The Midnight Rodeo, on East Ben White Blvd., offers a great venue for concerts and two-stepping.

After I made a fool of myself with someone who knew what she was doing, I took my friend Kristin out on the floor. She was visiting from Pennsylvania and, granted she’s not from Texas either, but she took dance all her life. I figured I was in safe hands. We’re still sending out apology letters to couples we bumped in to.

If you’ve been to the Broken Spoke and you’re looking for someplace else, I’ve heard good things about Midnight Rodeo. Admittedly, I know nothing about this place, but their Web site seems pretty informative. Check out the drink specials, and upcoming concerts and events.
I thought I’d leave you with a deliciously awkward video of a couple doing the two-step. I don’t know exactly how terrible I looked when I was out on the floor, but there’s no way it was this bad. Right?



4 Responses to “The Texas Two-Step”

  1. 1 pieper12 November 19, 2008 at 4:15 pm

    Ha, I think this is awesome and I absolutely LOVE going two-stepping! I think it is something that everyone who comes to Texas should try at least once, especially at some small, smoke-filled honky tonk. Props to you, Jeff for hittin’ the wood floor!

  2. 2 Samantha G. November 20, 2008 at 6:19 pm

    I have never been to the Broken Spoke… but I have been to Midnight Rodeo. In 2004ish, I used to go there on Tuesday’s which I think was College Night. I never wanted to dance for fear that I would be horrible. One night this cute guy asked me to dance I agreed- he whisked me around the dance floor, it seemed like forever but FINALLY the song ended.

    I asked the guy:

    “what kind of dancing was that?”

    he replied:

    “that was a four-step”

    Ummm…does that even exist? I have no idea. I just know we were moving really fast, and I never accepted an invitation to dance again.

  3. 3 jeffbechdel November 20, 2008 at 10:03 pm

    Samantha, that’s hilarious. I think we had very similar experiences, except that I’m told the guy is supposed to “lead.” So the beauty of what you’re guy did was probably just make something up and tell you it’s the 4-step… and four years later, you’re none the wiser! haha, I think I’ll give it at least one my shot. If it goes as poorly as the first, that’s it. Back to the electric slide for me. (It’s Electric! Boogy woogy oogy oogy!)

  4. 4 buknuk September 27, 2009 at 7:00 am

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