1. Beginning dancer. Knows nothing.
2. Intermediate dancer. Knows everything. Too good to dance with beginners.
3. Hotshot dancer. Too good to dance with anyone.
4. Advanced dancer. Dances everything. Especially with beginners.
Which one are You?!
Line dance definition.
A line dance is 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 sex 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. Line dancing is a participatory form of dancing, with all the members dancing together for their own enjoyment, repeating a pattern of steps in sequence to the beat of the music. These line dance step patterns were fixed and easy to learn so everyone could participate.
The history of line dancing.
Line dancing, as we know it was probably born in the 1980s, in Nashville, when Jim Ferrazano supposedly wrote the line dance steps to "Tush Push" on a napkin. The dance was then tested on the dance floor by Melanie Greenwood, a now-famous line dance choreographer, who later was to write the line dance instructions for "Acky Breaky Heart" to the song of the same name by Billy Ray Cyrus. Some say this is the first instance of a choreographed line dance. Around the same time, Miss Jimmie Ruth White, from Texas, choreographed two dances, "The Traveling Four Corners" and the "J.R. Hustle", originally as square dances, but changed into line dances.
Line dances were not always done to Country & Western music. Many were done to popular music, such as the line dance "Cruisin'" done to a Beach Boys song called "Still Cruisin'" and a big favorite "Mustang Sally" to the music of the R & B group, The Commitment. One very beautiful line dance, choreographed by Sal Gonzales, called "Dancin' With You" can be danced to the song "Volcano" by Jimmy Buffet.
Line dancing came into it’s own around 1992 when Billy Ray Cyrus released "Achy Breaky Heart" and Melanie Greenwood choreographed the line dance instructions. This song and dance were a great success and finally put line dancing into it’s own niche. At this point, many classes for line dance instructions sprang up and most line dance songs were Country & Western. Even line dance videos were created to teach people how to learn to line dance in the privacy of their own homes.
This universal dancing style that comes from America is popular all over the world. As line dancing does not require a partner or preliminary dancing skills, the style has won over both the youth and the older generation. These days, line dances are danced to a variety of music styles. It provides everyone with a wonderful opportunity to dance to the music they like the best.