What is Line Dancing

It is a group of people, doing the same dance steps, facing the same way and moving in the same direction. The absence of physical connection between dancers is a distinguishing feature of line dancing. Line dances accompany many popular music styles since the early 1970's including Pop, Swing, Rock & Roll, Disco, Latin (Salsa Suelta) and Jazz.

Although line dancing is associated with country & western music and dance, it has similarities to folk dancing. Many folk dances are danced in unison in a single, nonlinear "line", and often with a connection between dancers. Folk line dances have many forms: pairs of lines in which the dancers face each other or a line formed into a circle, or the line follows around the dance floor. The dancers mayhold hands with their neighbours, or use an arm-on-shoulder hold, or hold their neighbours belts.

Line dancing is practiced and learnt in country & western bars, social clubs, dance clubs and ballrooms worldwide. It is sometimes combined on dance programmes with other forms of country & western dance, such as two-step, and western promenade dances, as well as western style variants of the waltz, polka & swing.

Line dancing has originated from many different cultures across the globe. However, modern line dancing as we know it, encompasses many styles of dancing and music, so line dancing can be enjoyed by everyone - all you need is patience and perserverance.