September 10 – Line Dance Week

Posted on September 10, 2013

Do you know the Electric Slide?

The Achy Breaky?

How about the Watermelon Crawl?

Line dancing is a kind of country-and-western dance performed in lines. It's pretty easy, because you have no partner or square depending on you (in other words, if you mess up, you don't mess anybody else up!). It's nice because you don't need a partner (and you don't have to hold a stranger's sweaty hand!). And it's great because it is good exercise and (best of all) fun!

Actually, there are a lot of line dances from other folk traditions, as well. As a teen I loved joining hands and dancing the hora (an Israeli dance) in such long, winding lines that we could make complex patterns. I loved dancing the Greek folk dance miserlou in a huge circle (which is just a line that has joined ends).

There are other sorts of line dances, too. The Thriller dance is a great line dance! 

(By the way, if you have ever wondered what almost 14 THOUSAND people dancing "Thriller" looks like, check out this video!)

But these days, when we hear “line dancing,” we generally think of country-and-western dances.

So, grab your cowboy hat, your boots, and start scooting and kicking, vining and stomping to these videos:

Here is a YouTube video teaching the Cowboy Cha Cha. 

Here is a really slow-and-easy teaching pace to teach the very beginning of a dance called the Tush Push. (Notice all the other parts of the dance at the right side of the screen.)

And here is one of the most popular dances: Bootscootin' Boogie!

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