by CristaMarie DeVito '17
Line dances are something that has been around forever. Some of the most popular line dances today are the Macarena, Cha Cha Slide, Cotton Eye Joe, Cupid shuffle, Wobble, and the Whip. These dances are most popular during social gathering such as Sweet 16s, weddings, and graduation parties.
A line dance is a choreographed dance, performed by a group of people, consisting of a repeated, or similar sequence of steps. During a line dance, the group either faces each other or the same direction. Another form of group dancing is “circle dancing” which is probably the oldest form of dancing and became popular when public dancing did. Circle dancing was created in order to bring the community together to celebrate and rejoice customs and traditions within the community. Line dancing differs from circle dancing because there is no actual physical contact during a line dance.
An example of how a line dance may consist of different steps throughout a song in a similar manner is the Cha Cha slide performed to the song “The Cha Cha Slide” by Mr. C The Slide Man. During this song, Mr. C narrates the steps being done. On the other hand, some line dances, such as the Cotton Eye Joe, are a continuing series of steps danced to a song that does not explain the moves.
Line dances are a way to bring people together to dance and celebrate. This form of dancing goes back centuries ago and continues to be part of parties today. To learn how to do some of these popular line dances, Youtube links to instructional videos are listed below.
Cha Cha Slide: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZv62ShoStY
Cotton Eye Joe: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7syj6kp1Y0g
The Cupid Shuffle: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of4K4cq_n88
The Wobble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8vTIY0xHBUg
The Whip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jPRJ4rnKfe8