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How to Line Dance with Robert Royston

Learn about dance champion Robert Royston in this Howcast video.


Hi, my name is Robert Royston. I have been country dancing since 1985. I'm a five-time world champion of country dance. I'm also the youngest member of the United Country Western Dance Council Country Dance Hall of Fame, and this is my wife, Nicola Royston. Hello. And together we are the 2011 United Country Western Dance Council World Champions of the showtime division. We're also the U.S.A. grand national cabaret champions and many time showcase swing dance champions, but I think the thing we're the proudest of is we're also parents of two amazing children. I've danced on Broadway, I've danced in film, I've danced in television. I've choreographed for major country music stars, working with artists like Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, Steel Magnolia, the band Perry, Charlie Daniels, and many more. I've also worked on films like 'Love and Dancing,' with actresses like Betty White, actors like Billy Zane, Gerald Butler, Michael C. Hall in the movie 'Gamer,' and of course Amy Smart in 'Crank 2.' I'm a judge, currently, on the reality CMT show, 'CMT's Next Superstar.' My music video for Taylor Swift 'Love Story' won the CMA Video of the Year, as well as the CMT Video of the Year, you can see my dance choreography in that. The great thing about line dancing and what I'm hoping that you'll get from this series is, a chance to get up and move to music you listen to on the radio. A lot of times when you take dance lessons, you take dance lessons for a style of music that you wouldn't normally listen to, a style of music that you wouldn't want to go into a bar and have a drink and listen to. I happen to really really like tango music, but you're not going to put tango music on in your car, most likely, and you're not going to find a radio station that has tango music, most likely, in your metropolitan area. But you will find country music, and a lot of you listen to country music as your primary source of musical entertainment. So, what this does is gives you a dance that you can do to that music that you're listening to in your car, at your house, or when you go to your local bar. I really hope that you take this series, learn how to line dance, learn how to couple's country dance, do a little two-step, and get out there in the clubs, and experience what it's like to move to America's music, and that's country music.

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