The roots of line dancing go back hundreds of years when peasants would attempt to replicate the courtly dances of the upper classes in England and France. Eventually, European immigrants brought their line dancing traditions to the United States, resulting in a melding of cultures. Today, line dancing is most common at social functions for schools, religious groups and communities.
The cowgirl twist is one of the easiest line dances and is often used for novice line dancers. The dance is danced to Vine Gill's "What Cowgirls Do." The dance features basic heel struts, side steps and pivots.
Boot Scootin Boogie
The Boot Scootin Boogie is one of the most popular country line dances. It is also sometimes referred to as the Vancouver Boogie, Bootscoot Boogie, Calgary Bootie, Philadelphia Special or the Montreal Shuffle. This dance is relatively simple and is therefore popular with beginners. The dance involves a grape vine, swivel heels, stomps and kick steps. In 2000, this dance was used to set the Guinness World Record for the world's largest line dance.
Bright Side of the Road
Bright Side of the Road, sometimes referred to as Longneck Bottle, is another popular country line dance. The dance is most often danced to Van Morrison's "Bright Side of the Road" and is a popular dance for beginning line dancers. The dance includes a forward slide and a grapevine step.
The Jambalaya Joe is suitable for upper-beginner and low-intermediate line dancers. The dance is most often danced to Cajun music. The dance incorporates the Cotton-Eyed Joe dance step, which involves raising one knee over the other and kicking it while raising your arms and shouting.
The Diamond is a line dance for intermediately skilled line dancers. During the dance, each dancer makes several fairly complicated steps to form a diamond shape. These steps include a waltz step, a full diamond step and a half diamond step.