Popular Line Dances

Popular line dances never seem to go out of style. Perhaps that's because no matter what your age, you can join in. Whether you came to the event alone or with a partner, you won't be left out of the fun. Everyone is welcome to join a line dance, whether it's country line dancing or one of the modern party line dances. If you're there, you're welcome to dance.

Popular Line Dances
Some of the most popular line dances are The Hustle and the Boot Scootin' Boogie. While both started out as country line dances, The Hustle can be done to a variety of songs from country to pop. The Boot Scootin' Boogie is generally performed to a song by the same name. Die-hard country dancers love to dress for the part, as well, with fancy boots and shirts and the ever-present cowboy hat. This type of dance is fun to be a part of and also fun to watch. It doesn't matter if you're standing on the dance floor or keeping low in a secluded spot in the shadows; the atmosphere will be teeming with excitement, good music and lots of genuine laughter.

Party Line Dances
Not all popular line dances are performed with dancers in a line. One dance, which is very popular at dance clubs, home parties and weddings, is "YMCA" by The Village People. You simply dance along however you please until the group belts out the chorus: Y-M-C-A! Then, no matter who you are, you contort your body to form the letters Y, M, C and A.

The Macarena and Love Shack dances are also only performed to the songs of the same names. "Macarena" is a Spanish song about a woman named Macarena. The song was recorded in 1993 by Los del Rio. It is such a fun dance that when the song originally came out, it became the second-longest-running number-one hit song. Love Shack, the dance, goes only with "Love Shack"  by The B-52s.

How to Perform the Macarena
For this dance, it's important to keep your hips moving in time with the beat, or the dance will not have the same effect. It should be a sensual roll of the hips, not a fast, jerky movement. 

To start out, get the rhythm of the dance by standing with your feet together and your shoulders straight. Let your hips sway and your shoulders move with them throughout the song.

  • Hold your right arm in front of you, palm down.
  • Bring your left hand out in front of you, also palm down.
  • Turn your right palm up.
  • Turn your left palm up.
  • Place your right hand on your left shoulder.
  • Place your left hand on your right shoulder.
  • Move your right hand to the back of your right ear.
  • Move you left hand to the back of your left ear.
  • Place your right hand on your left hip.
  • Place your left hand on your right hip.
  • Move your right hand to your right buttock.
  • Move your left hand to your left buttock.
  • Keep your hands in place while you sensually roll hips your hips for several counts.
  • Suddenly jump and turn to the right, keeping your hands on your hips and the hips moving.

Continue repeating the steps until the song is over. You will have turned to face east, west, north and south several times before the dance is over.

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