What is Modern Line Dance?
Quite simply Modern Line Dance is.... Dancing a repeating pattern of steps while standing in lines...
What can you expect?
Line dancing is no longer the thumbs in belts YeeHa image you see portrayed in today's media. It has evolved to incorporate all styles, rhythms and genres of music - from Rock & Roll to current Chart Hits, Hip Hop, R&B, Jazz, Irish, Celtic, Latin, Waltz, Tango and yes, even Zumba. Yes, we do still dance to Country some of the time, but not to the exclusion of other music.
Line dancing has many health benefits besides the physical benefits of a low impact cardio workout, it increases muscle tone and co-ordination and it's a great workout for your brain memorising the step sequences. It can help keep joints supple and build up strength in your leg muscles; it’s good for your heart and lungs; memorising the step patterns challenges your mind and keeps it active; and it is GOOD FUN!
Studies show that modern line dancing can help you lose weight, stay flexible, build muscle tone, reduce stress and tension, reduce depression, the music makes you feel happy and cheerful and make friends and much more...
Line dancing is supported by a number of medical charities including the British Heart Foundation and National Osteoporosis Society.
Anyone can line dance, it's suitable for all ages, there is no need for a partner, so there is no need to worry about getting your toes stepped on or being left out, you will learn at your own pace in a friendly and fun atmosphere.
If you have never tried this before, please be patient – it will probably take a few weeks before you start to feel that you are making progress. Everyone learns at different speeds – so don’t be dismayed if you don’t pick up the moves as fast as your friend – you will get there in your own time! It just takes a little practise and you will be surprised at how quickly you will progress.
In Line Dancing some of the steps come in groups, each with it’s own name. Don’t worry! We go over them slowly.
Once you have a grasp of the basic moves, learning new dances will become easier. If there is anything that you are finding tricky PLEASE say so! No-one will mind going over it a few more times (there are probably others in the room also glad to have more practice before we move on).
There are over 20,000 line dances, with more being written every day, so we can only ever expect to know a few.
They all have varying degrees of difficulty and speed.
Some are written for one piece of music, others can be danced to many different tracks. Some tracks can be used for different dances.
Some dances I teach are popular with other groups in the area, so if you want to attend a social event, you’ll be able to join in.
Line dancers are very friendly and you’ll always find someone who’s happy to guide a newcomer.