|Volume XXIX Issue 25||April 25, 2002|
A clubbing playground: Exposing the Studio 54 of Greensboroís night
Adriane Bradberry - Reporter
A young man and woman walk along a nameless street in the middle of downtown. She wears a low-cut red blouse, tight black pants and stiletto heels. He dresses more casually, wearing khaki pants and a collared shirt.
Despite what the couple wears, they both express a certain desire to escape from their daily stressful situations. The sun disappeared a long time ago, and now these sexually-charged individuals have come out to play.
Their playground of choice is the N Club, located in downtown Greensboro. The N Club describes itself as "the Studio 54 of Greensboro." As pompous as this advertisement seems, the N Club does possess a certain indescribable something.
Tall, red and white letters on a black backdrop illuminate the clubís name for all to see. A person cannot help but feel important when waiting behind the big, red velvet rope, hoping the woman at the door will unlock the entrance to a different kind of recess.
The N Club "has a higher class of people and atmosphere compared to the rest of Greensboro," Anna Vining, an occasional clubgoer said.
While waiting, VIP members pull up in limousines or expensive cars. They strut past the long line, careful not to make eye contact with anyone of lesser value.
Once inside, the pounding bass from the music invades the ears and moves on to the soul.
The lobby smells of sweat, cigarette smoke, spilled beer and a mix of perfumes and colognes.
The bright neon lights encourage the eyes to look in every direction and absorb everything that makes the N Club worth the wait.
All the senses remind the body it is time to come out and play.
Overwhelmed with excitement, individuals struggle with picking their first stop. The choice is made between the bar straight ahead, the bathrooms upstairs or the dance floor through the corridors.
The bar is lined with comfortable couches and stools. There is a hint of blacklight that illuminates the purple walls. It is the perfect area for single people to mingle and committed people to look but not touch.
The bathroom area is like another club all its own, playing different music from the main floor. Near-perfect models, or those who want to be, compare outfits while lining up for stalls. Shameless men line up outside only to watch the beautiful girls walk out on their imaginary runways.
After a quick touch-up in the bathroom or a drink at the bar, there is nowhere left to go except the dance floor. After passing through the dark corridors, the space opens up to a carpeted area. An oversized counter in the shape of an N stands just in front of the second bar. This counter is the meeting point for all social activities. Smokers, drinkers and talkers stand around the oddly shaped counter, waiting for their perfect moment to break onto the dance floor.
While there are no swing sets or monkey bars, the dance floor provides the same level of excitement as any backyard play pen. It is moderately large, including a platform and a stage with two levels. It is here where the bright lights, sweating bodies and booming music all come together. With no professors in sight, kids of all ages hold nothing back.
The chaperon for tonight is the disc jockey. It does not matter what kind of music a person prefers, because disc jockeys at the N Club cover it all.
"They play better music than anyone else. There is always a diverse group of people because the diverse mix of music brings them there," Alexis Cartwright, a regular visitor, said. The music ranges from techno to hip-hop and keeps the dance floor packed.
Women and men of all ages contort their bodies to the beat of the music. There is dirty dancing, break dancing, rave dancing and dancing that belongs to a category yet to be discovered. People can disappear in the middle of the crowd or show off their dancing skills, by making their own space on the stage.
Wallflowers choose to stand around in the carpeted areas or sit in the plush theater-style seats along the wall. On or off the dance floor, people are having a good time.
The N Club is certainly one of a kind. The clubís manager brags that it is "often imitated, but never duplicated." It has a grip on what is needed to run a successful club.
Perhaps it is the music, the setting or just the type of people who go there. Whatever it is, more and more individuals come out to the N Club to play.
"Itís a good way to have fun, go with friends and meet new people," Katy Masters, an occasional visitor, said.
"Itís a place to get away. Itís like another world or environment," Martha Olstein, a clubbing fan, said.
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