Imagine walking into a dance hall and immediately feeling like you are a part of the fun. At The Whiskey Baron Dance Hall and Saloon, that is the experience you will have through line dancing, a performance of upbeat steps, and popular dance routines. Even if you are not familiar with the routine, we offer Line Dancing lessons that you can attend right here in Colorado Springs on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. Before you head on down for some fun, let’s chat about Line Dancing, why it’s special, and what makes it so much fun.
What is Line Dancing?
Line Dancing is the art of bringing people together to dance in lines to music that is choreographed with a repeating series of steps performed in unison. Line Dancing is also widely recognized in an outgoing country hoedown. Most of the time, country line dances are made up of different steps to several counts that are coordinated with a beat. If you have ever heard of, “Cha-Cha Slide,” “The Macarena,” or “Charlie Brown,” you have actually been a part of a line dance.
You Might Be Familiar with Some the Line Dancing Moves Already
When you think of the words line dancing by itself, some examples of popular dances might not immediately come to mind. However, one of these popular line dancing moves below might refresh your memory.
- The “Heel Dig” – This is a move where your feet begin together, then you will take each foot and move it forward while angling the heel down to the floor, so your toes are pointing toward the ceiling. The heel dig will start with one dig and then return your foot to its original position. Next, you will life the same foot and do two heel digs, then return it to its original position. You will then repeat this movement with the opposite foot.
- The “Ten Step” – This is a line dance that includes moving both of your feet in a synchronized fashion where each movement represents a number, ranging from one to ten. Once you reach ten, you and your dancing partners will move forward while shuffling your feet until you reach count 8, starting the route over.
- The “Grapevine” – Otherwise known as the “Vine,” this includes traveling your body to the left or right side, originally starting to the right side. The first step includes moving your right foot to the right with your left foot crossing behind the right foot to follow next. Third, your right footsteps to the right and then ends with your left foot closing to the left side of the right foot.
- The “Jazz Square” – This is a popular dance routine that helps improve your coordination. Based on you are doing a right-over-left or left-over-right jazz box, the routine is the same. You will begin with stepping your right foot across your left foot (right-over-left), following stepping your left foot back and to the side. Next, you step to the right side with your right foot, and then close your left foot to the left side of your right foot.
- The “Pivot Turn” – Simply put, this is just a half turn. A lot of dances include 2 pivot turns in a row to complete a full 360-degree rotation. You begin with stepping forward on to your right foot while keeping the weight centered on the ball of your foot. Next, with your weight evently distributed, turn your body a half turn to the left and end with your left foot in front.
How to Line Dance Like A Pro
If you want to learn how to Line Dance like a professional, it is easier than you think. You start by standing in a room with space to move around comfortably. Once the setting is in place, just follow these simple steps:
- Stand still with your feet together, keeping your arms relaxed at your sides.
- Lift your right foot and step forward, keeping your legs at shoulder-width apart.
- Step your left foot behind and then to the right of your right foot, crossing your legs from one another.
- Move your right foot to the right, which puts your legs in their original position.
- Put your left foot back in its original position so your feet are now back together.
- Now, you will repeat those same steps but instead, move to the left rather than the right.
Congratulations! You have successfully completed a full cycle.
Keep in mind: Based on the speed of the song, how fast or slow you move your feet will depend on the song’s rhythm. Once you have mastered the steps to a line dance, you will be the star of the show as well as impress your friends and family. Soon after, they may come to you for line dancing lessons!
Where Did Line Dancing Begin?
It is believed that Line Dancing began during the 19th-century in Europe when folk dancers transformed their own songs into more modern country music. One of the first true Line Dances was “The Madison,” which was danced for the first time in Columbus, Ohio in 1957.
Where Can You Find Line Dancing Lessons in Colorado Springs?
We offer line dance lessons Wednesdays and Fridays from 6-8 PM. Wednesday’s class is for intermediate and advanced learners, and Friday’s class is for beginners. Also on Wednesdays, we have College Night line dance lessons at 8pm. Up-tempo new dances are hitting the scene.
Starting July 7th we will offer West Coast Swing lessons on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30. We offer two-step lessons on Saturdays between 6-8PM. There are no sign-ups. All you have to do is show up! All lessons are free and there is no cover charge for entry if you arrive before 7PM (Ages 21+).
Hope to see you there!