Dance Like Nobody’s Watching: Doowutchyalike at The Atlantic
Dancing, high energy, good tunes and an even better time are the pillars of Gainesville’s Thursday night dance event at The Atlantic, Doowutchyalike. The upbeat but relaxed environment make it a spot for all sorts of fun.
Since 2004, Doowutchyalike has provided a fun and safe environment for people to express themselves. As the name suggests, this dance event aims to remain open and accepting for everyone who walks through the door. The event does not preference professional dancers or even people who know what they’re doing.
The Atlantic on Thursday nights is a place for nonsense, fun and some drunken dancing. Glynis Ashtyn, a trans woman who occasionally makes her way down to Doowutchyalike, describes that there is a safe atmosphere and that she doesn’t worry about her safety like she might at some other clubs. This is a place for all genders, races, sexualities etc. because DJ NickFRESH cultivates positive attitudes with his music.
DJ NickFRESH commutes from Jacksonville to the Atlantic every Thursday night to create the atmosphere and sound that Doowutchyalike is so well-known for. DJ Nick has performed with bands on tour but for the last seven years, Nick has brought his DJ talents to Gainesville.
He explains that he keeps coming back because of his audience. “The energy is unmatched,” he describes.
Many people come on Thursdays just for DJ Nick. Nick is known to play a wide variety of music and get very close and personal with his audience. When he is hyped up by a song, he is known to come into the audience and dance alongside them.
Christopher Kennedy is a Doowutchyalike frequent visitor, going to The Atlantic almost weekly. He describes Doowutchyalike as an “immersive experience.”
Kennedy is able to get lost in the music and truly dance as if no one’s looking. “I dance at The Atlantic like I would in the mirror at my own home,” he says. This is the kind of accepting and safe space Doowutchyalike strives to foster.
Doowutchyalike is yet another quirky Gainesville gem. Largely fueled by the atmosphere, the crowd itself keeps dancers coming back. The space is dim, loud and full of energy. Attentive bartenders keep the party going and if the room gets a little too stuffy, outdoor patios serve as additional breeding grounds for eclectic people, funky music and great conversation.
In the center of the always-bustling Downtown Gainesville, The Atlantic gives little reason to stay in on your Thursday night.
Whether it’s an excuse to break out your kitchen dance moves or your destination spot on thirsty Thursday, Doowutchyalike is sure to give you an authentically fun and satisfyingly sweaty night out in Gainesville.