Line Dancing Week – Update – Good for your heart!
By Terry Orr
Today line dancing is a worldwide phenomenon. Devotees have formed organizations are worldwide – and has been around in one form or another for centuries. There are lessons, classes, books, videos, cruises, weekend dances, and conferences, competition for all levels and in many local dance halls/clubs around the world.
While there are a very wide variety of opinions on when and where line dancing originated from. Some online sites refer to the ancient drawings in Egypt and later in Greece. Yet others indicate refer to tribal gatherings – and in the Americas (north and south) folks have been here for 20 to 30 thousand years ago. I suspect when and where really doesn’t matter in today’s world. There are millions of folks around the globe who enjoy line dancing, watching and or participating.
Definition of Line Dance
Line Dance is a formation dance, in which dancers form either a single line or multiple lines, depending on the floor space available. There is no physical contact between the dancers, but they execute the same moves at the same time. The dancers either face each other or face in one direction. Even though they don’t touch, the cohesiveness makes this dance impressive to watch. Line Dances can be simple or fairly complex.
Line dancing, by definition, is a participatory form of dancing, with all the members dancing together for their own enjoyment, repeating a pattern of steps in sequence to the beat of the music. There are many different theories as to when line dancing originated. Most theorists agree that line dancing as we know it originated in Europe as Folk Dancing, also called Tribal Dancing in many other cultures and countries. http://uk.ask.com/question/where-did-line-dancing-originate
Though deeply rooted in Irish and German folk traditions, line dancing was off most urban grids until 1992 when Billy Ray Cyrus megahit "Achy Breaky Heart."
Adam Herbel, a.k.a. the Dancing Cowboy, teaches country line dancing at The Rodeo Club in San Jose, California. He said some come for the exercise, some for the music and atmosphere.
"We have a funny thing called redneck aerobics," said Herbel, described as a series of five or six upbeat line dances strung in a row.
"When the DJ calls out 'its redneck aerobics,' everybody knows what's coming," he said. "Sometimes the fitness gals will do pretty advanced line dancing."
So grab you friends and head out to have a great time and then let us know how it was!!!
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