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How To Line Dance

Try out a few basic steps for in line dancing. Cowboy boots are optional.

Instructions

  • Step 1: Swing or kick one foot forward past the other foot, scuffing the sole of your shoe along the floor as you kick. This step is called the scuff.
  • Step 2: Do the hitch by lifting one knee up until the upper part of your leg is parallel to the floor and the lower part of your leg is at a 90-degree angle.
  • Step 3: Remember the steps you learned and add new ones by following the other dancers at your next line dance.
  • FACT: Closely associated with the line dance craze of the 1990s, the song "Achy Breaky Heart," was written by Don Von Tress in 1989.
  • Step 4: Start the twist step with your feet together. Then step your left or right heel out, toe pointing up.
  • TIP: Crossing one foot tightly over the other one is called a "lock."
  • TIP: Songs will sometimes refer to the left and right grapevine as "slide to the left" or "slide to the right."
  • Step 5: Do the forward shuffle by stepping forward with your right foot, bringing your left foot up to the right, and stepping forward again, leaving the left in place. Shuffle means three steps, either to the front, side, or back.
  • Step 6: Step forward on a diagonal, cross your opposite foot tightly in front, and then step forward again to do the stroll.
  • Step 7: Do the left grapevine by stepping your left foot to the left, crossing your right foot behind the left, stepping left with your left, and touching your right foot next to the left. Do the right grapevine the same way, but starting with your right foot and stepping right.

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