What to Expect When You Go Country Dancing!

These boots were made for dancing! Sure you have the denim and the hat, but do you have the moves? Here are some helpful hints to cut a rug in any honky tonk.

Line Dancing- There will be several songs that get everyone up to line dance. If you don’t already know which ones are popular in your area, get a preview with your teacher. Most line dances repeat to each wall of the dance hall, but if you try pick it up on the fly you might get frustrated or stepped on. But that doesn’t mean that you have to sit the song out! You can probably still find a partner to dance around the peripheral of the floor.

Interrelating your dances- Country Two-Step, Country Swing, Country Cha Cha it can all be a little overwhelming to have to learn a bunch of new dances. What if I told you that you could use your Bronze 1 and 2 Foxtrot to get through a night of Country Two-Step? And Single Time Swing will be your friend during the Country Swing. Cut your advanced start and you have your Country Cha Cha. (You might want to calm the Cuban motion down though! Most cowboys don’t wiggle their hips!) The Country Waltz will resemble Bronze 3 Waltz, but no excessive arm styling. You don’t want to knock off anyone’s hat.

Cowboy Cha Cha- Is a very popular choreographed partner dance. There are a few slight variations based on your region, but since the person ahead of you in the circle will be doing the choreography too you will be able to figure it out!

It’s not a race- Whether you are dancing Country Two Step or the other traveling dances you do not need to channel your inner NASCAR driver. Keep your pace with the music, not the person next to you. If you need to make a pit stop, you can maneuver towards the middle of the room and (if it’s Country Two Step) dance some Country Swing while you catch your breath or engage in conversation with your partner, and then you can rejoin the flow when you are ready.


Happy Dancing!


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