There's a new place in town to kick up one's heels.

Line-dancing classes are now being offered at Fast Eddie's Billiards Cafe in New Milford.

Interested dancers can hone their skills on a brand-new, 1,200-square-foot dance floor at the 46 Old State Road cafe, while nondancing folks can play pool.

Resident Jill Weiss instructs the classes, with Free Spin Dance serving as disc jockey.

"I couldn't even tell you when the last formal line dance party was held in New Milford, and the response has been awesome" so far, Weiss said.

She said it was popular years ago and is now experiencing a "resurgence."

Weiss said the venue at Fast Eddie's is "unique (because) it's an opportunity for the young professional crowd to be introduced to this very fun and unique type of dance, while providing an adult venue for the over 30s dancers."

She described the venue as a "perfect option" for many people, giving people of all ages -- from 20s to 90s --and all dance levels, beginner through advanced, the opportunity to learn and dance all together."

"I know of no other venues on this side of Hartford who are targeting this broad of a demographic," she said.

Lessons are offered Tuesdays at Fast Eddie's.

Beginners are invited to attend from 6:30 to 7 p.m. The class will be followed by a mixed bag of lessons with a couple of requests thrown in from 7 to 8 p.m.; an intermediate class from 8 to 8:30 p.m.; and an all-request, open dancing line and partner dance from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m.

A $5 cover is requested.

Attendees are asked to bring a dessert or snack to share. Pizza will be served.

In addition, a line dance party -- featuring an all-request open dance with a short, easy lesson and a short, more difficult lesson -- is offered the first and third Fridays of each month at Fast Eddie's.

Beginners are welcome.

Pool specials, free pizza and door prizes will be available.

Dancers should bring a dessert or snack to share

A $5 cover is requested.

Weiss emphasized participants dance to country music, but also dance to mainstream pop, rock, blues, jazz and some alternative music.

"There is a crazy cool dance to `Blurred Lines,' " she said.

Eddie Locke, who co-owns the business with Mike Fiocola, said Weiss is a "perfect fit" to offer classes. "She's so energetic and she works hard."

Weiss also leads a weekly Sunday line-dancing course in Danbury with Kevin Fritch, of Warren.

Line dancing is offered from 5 to 8 p.m. in a workshop format at Vitt's Dance Studio at 10 Precision Road. All levels of dancers are welcome.

Admission is $7.

Weiss said dancers looking for a pair of leather dancing boots may be able to find them at the newly opened Leather J's leather store at 48 Kent Road (Route 7) in New Milford.

For more information, call Fast Eddie's at 860-350-8569 for times or email For more information about Fast Eddie's events, visit

Deborah Rose may be reached at 860-355-7324 or