A newly created line dance called the “Boardwalk Rodeo Stomp” will be happening on April 1 in an effort to set the record for most line dancers ever on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.
The open-to-the-public event will be held in front of Boardwalk Hall and be led by local line-dance instructor Patti Nivens starting noon Friday, April 1 (the first day of the inaugural three-day Atlantic City Boardwalk Rodeo). A seasoned country-western line-dance instructor from Woodstown, New Jersey (home to the 55-year-old Cowtown Rodeo), Nivens has recorded an easy-to-follow video tutorial to help interested participants learn the steps to the Boardwalk Stomp. Click here to view the video. Interested participants are encouraged to view the video, then attend a live rehearsal in The Quarter at Tropicana on Friday, March 25, at 7:30pm.
“We are so excited about this dance and about the rodeo,” says Nivens. “The dance is written especially for the event, and our goal is to set the line dance record on the Atlantic City Boardwalk.”
Dancers will have the opportunity to register for free tickets to the A.C. Rodeo, a chance to win tickets to the Las Vegas Rodeo, and chances to win their own personalized line-dance DVD.
The rodeo is co-sponsored by all 11 Atlantic City casinos. It starts at 7:30pm Friday and Saturday, April 1-2, and 1pm Sunday, April 3. Tickets for the rodeo are priced at $16, $31, $51 and $102 and can be purchased at the Boardwalk Hall Box Office, at all Ticketmaster locations, or by calling 800-736-1420.
Family four-packs are available for $79 and include four $31 tickets, four hot dogs and four soft drinks. There is a $5 discount on $31 and $51 seats for groups of 10 or more, and two complimentary tickets are available for each block of 40 tickets sold. For group sales, call 609-348-7021.
The eastern part of the country — particularly along the Atlantic coast — isn’t exactly prime rodeo territory. But having attracted thousands of fans to each of its first two shows in Atlantic City, the Boardwalk rodeo has quickly become the biggest competition of its kind in the east.
Atlantic City, an urban gambling mecca by the sea, should be seeing a lot more cowboy hats and boots on visitors this weekend when the city becomes a magnet to draw both urban cowboys and better yet, the real deal, to town.
There is so much going on over the next week in Atlantic City. Between fundraisers, food events and yes, even a rodeo dance competition (the actual rodeo events at Boardwalk Hall take place April 1-3), you can’t say it’s a slow season here at the Jersey shore.