Yee Hah! The renovated shop/houses of Far East Square, at the heart of Chinatown, are often the source of pop music and the chatter of office workers, who throng its small restaurant strip at lunch time. But every Friday night, from 7pm until 11pm, the main plaza transforms itself into America's Wild West. Wearing pointed boots, cowboy hats and jeans or short denim skirts, hundreds of Singaporeans have taken up line-dancing. Some have the confidence of real pros and lead the pack, dancing and cheering, while others are trying out steps on the sideline, showing each other what to do. The ambience is one of fun and pride, as children copy adults. 'We've been here for the last two years,' says Michael Pang, the president of Singapore's Country Line Dance Association. 'Young or old, people can relate to line-dancing. The main advantage is that you don't need a partner, and for middle-aged people, it's a form of exercise.' Who would have thought Singapore could be a Wild Wild West? Still, last year more than 11,900 people turned up at the Singapore Expo centre in a bid to break the world record for line-dancing. The local association counts about 400 regular members, and it organises trips to the United States, Australia and Europe, conducts workshops and brings line-dancing celebrities to town. But all is not well. Far East Square used to attract 500 to 600 people, now fewer than 200 people are turning up. A combination of Sars fears and a change of schedule - the evening was moved from Sunday to Friday - is behind those falling numbers. 'Three months ago we were asked by (the square's) management to move the night. I think it was the noise. But Friday is not the same. People are leaving their office, they're more tired. Sunday was a much better time,' says Mr Pang. In August, the Asia-Pacific championship for country line-dancing will be held here. 'It's a chance to win a trip to Nashville and represent Asia in the US championship,' an excited cow girl says.