Line dancing became most popular in the 1970’s with such dances as the electric slide, and the Cha cha, and the cupid shuffle. However, it all began with the Madison. The height of its popularity was in the 1950’s, and in 1961 The San Francisco Stomp embodied the definition of a line dance. Line dancing is a dance done in a group. Dancers line up in rows doing synchronized moves, often not meeting one another.
Line dancing stemmed from contemporary disco, although country and western line dancing emerged at the same time. “Country line dancing” is what most people think of when they think of line dancing. The most well-known Country line dance songs that helped to bolster the dance were “Cowboy Boogie,” and “Walkin’ Wazi.” Many different musical styles have been inspired by this dance, such as rhythm and blues, disco, swing, and Latin. Country and western line dancing usually includes the two-step, western promenade, and variations of the polka and swing. In the 1970’s the disco version of line dancing brought new life to the style.
Even though in the decades since line dancing has been synonymous with country music, these days that is no longer the case. The versatility of this style is what keeps it going. Pop, rock and hip-hop line dance songs can get people up and moving.
The count for line dancing is either individual-1,2,3,4 or double- 1&2 3&4. There are four categories One step, two step, Waltz or Cha cha.
Some of the basic moves of line dancing are as follows:
One count steps
Step (one count)
Right Vine ( three counts)
Left Vine (three counts)
Touch Tap (one count)
Scuff (one count)
Stomp (one Count)
Double count steps:
Triple step (1&2)
Forward Shuffle (1&2)
Sailor Step (1&2)
Rumba Box (eight counts)
Toe switches (two counts)
Rolling Vine (three counts), just to name a few.
The versatility makes line dancing one of the most popular and fun group dances to date. Whether you are two stepping to “Rock Lobster” by the B-52’S or doing the “Tootsee Roll” by 69 Boyz, there is a version of this dance for all kinds. Anyone can learn to grapevine with their friends.
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