What is Line Dancing?
Line dancing is an easy to learn dance format where, as its name implies: people dance in lines to music. Line dances are choreographed dances with a repeating series of steps that are performed in unison by a group of people in lines or rows, usually facing in the same direction.
Although many popular line dances are set to country music (boot scooting), the first line dances were done to contemporary music - pop and rock 'n roll.
Modern Line Dancing Today
In the USA line dancing is most commonly taught and practiced in country and western dance bars, social clubs and dance halls, with the accompanying blue jeans, cowboy hats and boots.
The scene is slightly different in Australia where you can now find yourself dancing not just to the traditional country and western music but to a number of different music styles including rock and roll, waltz, Latin (cha cha, mambo, rhumba), and Irish.
Line Dance Steps
Basic line dances focus on movements of the legs and feet, with more advanced dances including the arms and hands. The movements of a line dance are marked as "counts" where one count generally equals one musical beat, with a particular movement or step taking place at each beat.
Line dances are made up of a series of different steps, with each step sequence identified by a catchy name.
What to Wear
Comfortable shoes appropriate for dancing. No thongs, please. Bring a couple of different shoe types to try. In Cairns, it is recommended that you wear loose clothing.