Modern Line Dance classes are informal and great fun as well as a social gathering where you will make new friends.
The classes are professionally run with a BWDA qualified and fully licensed teacher.
Footwear: Something comfortable, which will stay firmly on your feet, and with a slightly slippery sole. You could damage knee/hip joints if your feet don’t move smoothly on the floor’s surface. PLEASE – NO STILETTOS! They can be too dangerous, and can damage the floor not to mention other dancer’s feet.
Clothing: Lots of layers – tops, t-shirts, shirts. When you exercise you get warm, when you sit down you get cold. Be prepared.
Refreshment: You can become quite dehydrated during physical exercise – please feel free to go and get a drink whenever you need one.
If there’s anything else you want to know please ask.
I’d really like you to enjoy Modern Line Dance as much as I do.
AN INTRODUCTION TO LINE DANCE
Most line dances are written in groups of 8 steps, (except for waltzes which are in groups of 6) beginner dances often have the first 4 steps repeated in the opposite direction, making them easier to remember.
Here are links to some files I put together on common moves used in line dancing - they are not exhaustive there are many more, but these are the most common and easier step combinations.
There is also a file on line dancing terminology.
Just click on the button to download them.
Advice for new dancers
If you are a beginner - be patient - don't expect to be dancing with the best of them after just one lesson.
For most it takes 4 - 6 weeks before things start to click. If it takes longer don't worry - how quickly it takes you to pick it up initially has little bearing on how good you'll be a year later.
Practice, practice, practice. Practice may not make you perfect but it will increase your confidence and help you learn a new dance. Don't just practice in class - run through the steps at home, at work, anywhere and anytime you have the chance and the space. If you don't remember the sequence practice the basic steps - grapevines, shuffles, coaster steps etc. Ask your instructor to provide you with step-sheets and to explain the sections.
Balance is important. Keep your body centred over the foot your weight is on.
Don't be afraid to ask for help! If you are having trouble with a step chances are that others are too, everyone started off as a novice, no one will mind going over the steps a few more times.
Wear proper footwear, leather soled is best as it allows you to glide on the floor. Don't think you have to invest in dancing shoes though, just a low heeled shoe or boot with a smooth sole and no grip is fine for starters.
When you go to your first class make sure it is a beginner class and introduce yourself to the instructor letting them know you are a beginner. Don't hide at the back, the best place to be is up front in the middle - you need to be able to see the instructor and more importantly the instructor's feet.
If you bump into anyone, briefly appologise and carry on dancing. Bumps are a fact of life on the dance floor. No matter how good you are, you'll still occasionally bump into people.
Keep smilling and carry on dancing!
Some useful information for keeping safe while dancing at home!