Country Line Dancing at the Country Barn
Come on out and join us for line dancing at the Country Barn. Stomp your feet, kick up your heels and have a blast on our beautiful hardwood dance floor! We offer line dancing for all ages on Tuesday and Friday night from 6:30pm – 10pm with live DJ’s. The first hour is dedicated to lessons with our qualified dance instructors. New to country line dancing? We’ve introduced our own country version of “First Fridays”, come out on the first Tuesday and Friday of the month to learn easy, beginner line dances. If you don't have time for supper after work, we have food and drinks are available. This is a non-smoking building.
12 Fun Facts About Country Line Dancing
- The line dance is a pattern dance where a cluster of people dances in one or more lines, performing the same actions. Some line dances are thought to be variations of the circle dance (from the Middle East) in which people were joined by hands. Many circle dances were actually done in line formation if the dancers available were small in number.
- Line dancing and cowboys have gone hand on hand, as line dancing was mostly set to country music. In the 1970's, the hustle dance was all the craze. (Come on, you know you are singing that song right now!) In the 1990's, with an even more music styles, line dancing become popular again. (Thank you to MTV, VH1, and CMT for promoting videos showing people line dance.)
- Have you heard of a DJ's play list? Country music set to line dancing is no longer the predominant one. Play lists are now eclectic with line dancing music. Genres include folk, country, rock, pop, swing, dance, big band, and Celtic. Anything with a regular beat can be used in line dancing.
- Line dancing has not lost its 'craze calling'. Classes are still being offered throughout most of the fifty states. For a relatively inexpensive price, (thirty dollars per week) and an opportunity to learn a new dance each week, it is more fun than going to the gym!
- There are line dance cruises! Yes! It begins with a line dance weekend workshop followed by a five-day cruise on the Carnival cruise ship, the "Elation" out of Orlando.
- Want to learn how to line dance, but in secret? You can order dance videos online from various websites and local instructors often offer private lessons.
- With the explosion of line dancing in the 1990's being such an influence to artists; Chet Atkins was quoted to have said, "The music has gotten pretty bad, I think. It's all the damn line dancing."
- Have you found yourself in a rut? Line dancing is not only about dancing. It is a socially accepted recreational activity. Country music bars, social clubs, dance clubs, as well as ballrooms can offer this actively. What a way to meet people!
- Terms used in line dancing are simple. A basic is one echo of the main dance from the first to the last count. If a basic were performed in a competition with no variations, it is known as "vanilla" stop. A variation is when dancers whom have escalated from beginners to 'experts' will sometimes replace a segment of the dance with a compatible set of steps. It is required in competition. Each dance has a number of counts, the number of beats of music needed to finish one dance sequence. A restart is done to fit dance sequences to the length of the music. Each dance is derived of a number of movements- steps.
- There is more than one step. Common ones include the Chasse, the grapevine, the weave, the triple step, the shuffle step, the lock step, the applejack, the botafogo, the butterfly the coaster steel, the heel grind, the hitch, the jazz box, the kick back change, the lunge, the mambo step, the military turn, the Monterrey turn, the paddle, the pivot turn, the rock step, the sailor step, the scruff, the spiral turn, the stamp, the stomp, the sugar foot, and the vaudeville.
- A wall is the direction that dancers face at any given time. Therefore, a dance can be a one, two, or a four-wall dance sequence.
- Line dancing is a great way to make new friends and get reacquainted with others. There are thousands of line dance events all over the world with a large array of dancers dancing on all levels from beginner to the advanced.