It was a dark and snowy night. You've been inside now since the day after it hit 70 degrees in early January. All your SAD lamps are on, all the time. The last day of February is fast approaching and you feel vaguely hopeful. And it's the VERY last day - it's February 29, Leap Year Day!
Suddenly, you remember: THERE'S A DANCE SO BIG IT ONLY HAPPENS ONCE EVERY FOUR YEARS: NEIL'S LEAP YEAR DANCE PARTY!
Shed the darkness - join us at Nighttown Restaurant and do some leaping of your own! And dining, drinking and good conversation with friends and friends-to-be.
We'll be dancing to a playlist of great music - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco, R&B...and more! (NOTE: Dancing & dining optional but de-stressing is strongly advised!)
As a happy dancer said at the December dance party: Why isn't everyone our age here? Indeed.
WELCOME TO NEIL'S LEAP YEAR DANCE PARTY!
My name is Neil Slobin and I host dances at Nighttown Restaurant (on Stephen's Green Four-Seasons Patio). The inspiration for the dances is that I love dancing to the old, classic tunes - Motown, Soul, Funk, Disco, and just about anything where you can move your feet to the beat. Unfortunately, there are few - or no - clubs where that is available.
My goal is to have a party: people who want to dance can get out on the dance floor, and people who want to have dinner, relax, and chat with old and new friends can comfortably do so without shouting over the music or straining to hear their friends. (Of course, if you come for one thing you can do the other....)
I make playlists that are wide-ranging, including music by the Temptations, Four Tops, Eurythmics, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Talking Heads, Aretha Franklin, and even some Bruce Springsteen - and many, many others. My personal limitations - by age and taste - focus on 50's, 60's and 70's music, approaching 80's and 90's tunes, but not far into them and beyond but for the odd song.
Unlike this 'essay', my comments during the dances are infrequent and kept to a minimum, and the music volume is mostly at a reasonable, though joyous! - level. I should also note that you don't have to have dinner, drink, or dance - but I'm hoping that you'll relax and have fun!
There is a $10. cash cover per person.
A life-time resident of Cleveland Heights, Neil discovered Nighttown shortly after it opened in 1965. In the mid-seventies, he worked at Nighttown as a waiter, bartender, and host. Like many of his generation, Neil has had a long-time love affair with music and dancing, growing up during the golden age of popular music. In the mid-sixties, Neil was a dancer on the Big 5 TV Show, from which emerged the nationally syndicated Upbeat Show. He also has a sandwich named after him at Tommy’s Restaurant on Coventry (the ‘NS’ - falafel and baba ghanouj).