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Dance International
Written by: Caryl
04/06/2008

Modern line dancing has come a long way from it’s ‘country’ origins. In fact, we would venture to say it offers a greater variety of music to dance to than any other dance form.

Line dance is for everyone of all ages, and is found in just about every country of the world, including the Far East, Australia, and South America.

Here in South Africa you’ll find not only clubs that cater solely for the traditional country style, but (especially in the cities) there are international-style classes dancing to every type of music you can think of, including Pop, Latin, Funky, Big Band, even Opera. You might find yourself doing a Cha Cha or Mambo, a Waltz or a slow smooth rhythm. There is definitely something for everyone.

The good thing about line dance is that it is loads of fun, and you don’t need a partner. You can even attend socials on your own! Besides socials, if you are the adventurous type, you can do Medal Tests or even enter the competitions which are held all over the country at various times during the year.

When taking up line dancing, you would need to make a commitment to have it as your exercise discipline of choice. It works best when you attend regular lessons at least once a week. Some people dance 2, 3 or even 4 times a week, and this shows in their rapid improvement. If you are not able to dance every week, then you will become frustrated with your slow progress.

Having decided to venture forth, you’ll have the choice of joining a class of anything up to 30 or 40 people with an instructor, or you could start with some private lessons to get you going. Try to find a club with a qualified instructor, as you will then be sure of getting a good grounding.

A line dance consists of a step pattern which is repeated throughout the duration of a song, facing different walls with each repetition. There are thousands and thousands of dances being choreographed around the world, and the step sheets are listed on the internet. Naturally, you won’t learn every single dance available, as each club instructor chooses ones best suited to the people in the class.

The instructor will teach the dance, and is on hand to follow if your memory fails. There are many dances to remember, and this is why dancing more than once a week is a good plan, as it helps the steps sink in. Any casual-style clothing is suitable – pants, jeans or skirts, but the choice of shoes is important. Because you are balancing on your own with no partner, stiletto spindly backless shoes are not recommended. A closed-back shoe with a low stubby heel is beneficial. Proper line dance shoes are available in shops that stock dancing gear, but if you prefer to try out a few classes first, you can even wear sneakers.

So, now that you know all there is to know, we’re waiting for you to line up on the dance floor!

For more information, contact Caryl Cusens (Dance @ CC's)
Contact Number: 031 209 8980 or 082 476 4907

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