A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows without regard for the gender of the individuals, all facing the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time. Line dancers are not in physical contact with each other. Older “line dances” have lines in which the dancers face each other, or the “line” is a circle, or all dancers in the “line” follow a leader around the dance floor; while holding the hand of the dancers beside them.
Interesting facts about line dancing #1
The line dance is a pattern dance where a cluster of people dances in one or more lines, performing the same actions. Some line dances are thought to be variations of the circle dance (from the Middle East) in which people were joined by hands. Many circle dances were actually done in line formation if the dancers available were small in number.
Interesting facts about line dancing #2
Line dancing and cowboys have gone hand on hand, as line dancing was mostly set to country music. In the 1970’s, the hustle dance was all the craze. (Come on, you know you are singing that song right now!) In the 1990’s, with an even more music styles, line dancing become popular again. (Thank you to MTV, VH1, and CMT for promoting videos showing people line dance.)
Interesting facts about line dancing #3
Have you heard of a DJ’s playlist? Country music set to line dancing is no longer the predominant one. Playlists are now eclectic with line dancing music. Genres include folk, country, rock, pop, swing, dance, big band, and Celtic. Anything with a regular beat can be used in line dancing.
Interesting facts about line dancing #4
Have you found yourself in a rut? Line dancing is not only about dancing. It is a socially accepted (in some places) recreational activity. Country music bars, social clubs, dance clubs, as well as ballrooms can offer this actively. What a way to meet people!
Interesting facts about line dancing #5
Terms used in line dancing are simple. A basic is one echo of the main dance from the first to the last count. If a basic were performed in a competition with no variations, it is known as “vanilla” stop. A variation is when dancers whom have escalated from beginners to ‘experts’ will sometimes replace a segment of the dance with a compatible set of steps. It is required in competition. Each dance has a number of counts, the number of beats of music needed to finish one dance sequence. A restart is done to fit dance sequences to the length of the music. Each dance is derived of a number of movements- steps.
Interesting facts about line dancing #6
There is more than one step. Common ones include the Chasse, the grapevine, the weave, the triple step, the shuffle step, the lock step, the applejack, the botafogo, the butterfly the coaster steel, the heel grind, the hitch, the jazz box, the kick back change, the lunge, the mambo step, the military turn, the Monterrey turn, the paddle, the pivot turn, the rock step, the sailor step, the scruff, the spiral turn, the stamp, the stomp, the sugar foot, and the vaudeville.
Interesting facts about line dancing #7
A wall is the direction that dancers face at any given time. Therefore, a dance can be a one, two, or a four-wall dance sequence.
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