Line Dance Learning Center
Line dancing is a great way to spend the day and night with a few friends, both old and new. Forms of this type of popular dance have been around for centuries. It basically consists of choreographed movements where the dancers are arranged in lines, with various rows, depending on the amount of dancers in the dance space. This type of popular dance spread across all genres of music including pop, disco, latin, jazz, and rock and roll. However, line dancing has most popularly been tagged to country western music and dancing.
Line Dancing Advantages
Line dancing also solves a multitude of problems that other dances possess. Many people find it hard to find a good studio to learn Latin dances or ball room dancing. This problem is avoided with line dancing since you can learn it any country western stop such as bars, dance halls and clubs. The movements are extremely easy and easy to catch on to. The steps are also repetitive so that makes this type of dancing much easier to learn. Line dancing also eliminates the use of a partner. Many people avoid dancing because it requires them to dance with someone else and this may make many people feel awkward or uncomfortable. Or, they do not think they can dance because they do not have someone to dance with. Line dancing is traditionally performed solo.
The popularity of line dance is growing, with its relaxed country and western music and casual atmosphere. Dancers lacking the confidence to grab a partner for a waltz or two-step are running to dance floors at the first note of a line dance. You can formally learn country line dances at local dance studios, but many people get started in local country bars and nightclubs. Following are a few tips to get you started line dancing.
- Be comfortable. Wear something casual, such as jeans, that allows you to move freely and stay comfortable. Don't forget about your feet. Wear a pair of comfy, flat, closed-toed shoes. If you have cowboy boots, wear them...they'll help get you into the "feel" of the atmosphere.
- Stand in the middle. As a new line dancer, avoid standing in the back, even though you think that's the best place to be. Because line dancing involves lots of turns, you could at some point find yourself in the front of the entire group! Stand somewhere in the middle, the safest place for beginners.
- Start with feet together. Always start with your feet together facing the same way as everyone else. Figure out the step you are going to do first and have your weight on the correct foot.
- Tuck your thumbs. Stick your thumbs inside the top of the waist band or belt loops of your jeans or skirt. Don't put your hands on your hips, behind your back or down by your sides, as your arms will be in the way.
- Know a few steps. If you know a few basic line dance steps, you'll be able to get through most of the popular dances. Familiarize yourself with a few of the basics: grapevine, step-tap, scuff and stomp.