Modern Variations of Line Dancing

Who doesn’t love to do some line dancing? I believe the people that sentence doesn’t apply to are few and far between. Line dancing is something that appeals to people of all ages, sizes, ethnicities, and gender! I know, the term “line dancing” can sound a little intense at first, i mean, what if i get out of line? But not to worry, because line dancing is more about the dancing than it is the line.

Typically line dancing is just a series of choreographed dance steps that repeat themselves and are to the beats of famous “line dancing” songs. Yes, often times there are a few different “lines” that are formed and people tend to dance in them, but if you break formation no big worries, the group will put you right back where you belong.

It is often considered a good way to relieve stress because you don’t have the time to focus on much else besides what you’re doing. It is also a great source of exercise, with constant motion and a continuing rhythm, your body is going to be moving non-stop once you set foot on that dance floor!

And let’s not forget how extremely sociable line dancing is. You and your friends, significant other, or even a first date, would have a great time at your local line dancing bar. Here in Indianapolis there is a bar called the saddle up saloon, and it is often revered as the premiere place to find some authentic line dancing. But where did line dancing really come from? Let’s take a little closer look at that.

Line dancing really first got started way back in the 50s and 60s, with dances like the Madison, and the San Francisco stomp. It continued to evolve in the 70s and was adapted to disco music. The electric slide is probably one of the more popular line dances that originated in this particular era of line dancing, but not the only one by any means.

In the 80s is when line dancing really took its big jump to being considered a very “country” dance, but this was really only due to the fact that there were so many dances being created in the this time. Tons of local business began advertising “line-dancing” as a way to invite people in on the weekends. But as the popularity grew in the country field, some of the other genres had interest as well.

I’m sure we are all aware of, The Chicken Dance, this is a dance created in the 80s by the revival of line dancing. One little known fact however is that most of the early country line dances weren’t all that original. Instead they were just mere adaptations of earlier disco dances that came about in the 70s. And the evolution just continued. In the 90s Achy Breaky Heart was an instant classic and became popular nationwide, keeping line dancing alive and healthy!

The song Swamp Thing, was released in the 90s as well, and it helped to fuse the gap between the pop world of line dancing and the country world of line dancing. The Macarena was the next song to also blur the line between genres of music and line dancing. Urban music didn’t want to miss out this opportunity as well, and dances like Cha-Cha slide is one of the more famous dances to arise from this genre.

Since it’s inception line dancing has only continued to grow, and has now reached places overseas. It’s hard to say what the next 50 years have in store for it.

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