Learning How to Line Dance

Line dancing is a great social dance style. This style of dance is created with a sequence of steps. It is often associated with Country and Western music.

What is Line Dancing?

Traditionally line dancing is a formation style of dance. It involves a group of people in one or more parallel lines facing the same direction, simultaneously executing precisely the same dance movements. The movements of the dancers are synchronized.

Line Dances

Line dance routines can be simple or quite complex. The higher counts and sequences lead to a higher level of complexity.

One-Wall Line Dance

All dancers begin facing the same direction and end facing the same direction.

Two-Wall Line Dance

Through repetitions of the dance, during one set, dancers turn through 180 degrees. An example of this is the Samba line dance.

Four-Wall Line Dance

The direction the dancers face at the end of the dance is 90 degrees to the right or left of the position they began in. The Hustle is an example of this line dance.

Line Dancing Music

Line dancing is often known as a country and western style of dance. However, this changed in the 70s when the hustle line dance was introduced and became very popular. Even though line dancing to Country and Western music is still the most popular, you will find people line dancing to other types of music such as:

  • Celtic
  • Pop
  • Rock
  • Folk
  • Swing

Popular Line Dancing Songs

  • Boot Scootin’ Boogie
  • Cha Cha Slide
  • Achy Breaky Heart
  • Any Man of Mine
  • Cupid Shuffle
  • Cotton Eye Joe
  • The Chicken Dance
  • YMCA
  • Macarena
  • Mashed Potatoe Time
  • The Locomotion
  • The Hustle
  • The Time Warp

Places to Learn Line Dancing

There are several places you can learn how to line dance. Depending on your level of comfort, you can learn to line dance in your local Country and Western bar, local community center, organized community programs, or at a dance studio.