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LINE DANCING

 
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Line dances are very easy to learn, mainly because the steps are straightforward, and you do not have to coordinate you movements with a partner. Line dances also involve repeating series of steps, so if you get lost, can easily catch up with the rest of the class. Line dances are also perhaps the most popular dances now performed in many western-oriented clubs.

Line dance formations


Because of its cowboy image, line dance is often thought to have originated in the Wild West. According to the Wikipedia Encyclopedia, line dancing in fact originated in the age of disco, though the concept goes back to folk dances such as the Virginia reel. Line dancing declined with the death of disco until it was more or less single-handedly revived by Billy Ray Cyrus with his hit “Achy Breaky Heart”— thus the cowboy image.

 

Each dance can be described to consist of a number of walls. A wall is the direction in which the dancers face at any given time, which would be the front, the back or one of the sides.

A one-wall dance would mean that at the end of the routine, the dancers would be facing in the same direction as they had started and so each sequence would repeat exactly the same. A two-wall dance would mean the start of each routine alternates between two walls (almost always the front and back walls) A four wall line dance is one in which at the end the whole routine of dance moves, the dancers turn 90 degrees, so that they would face all four walls in turn during four repetitions of the routine.

 

Click HERE for the steps of a number of fun line dances.

Video of a sample line dance.

 

| Developed 2006 | Peter Hastie |