Line dancing, whether to pop or country music or anything in between, is a great way to get everyone out on the dance floor. The most popular line dances are very common requests for wedding receptions and other big gatherings with family, friends, and coworkers. While the list of line dances is extensive, you can start by learning the ones that are most often requested. Once you join a group of dancers out on the dance floor, you can easily pick up new steps for a variety of different line dances.
The popularity of different line dances waxes and wanes, overtime. At present, according to deejay request rankings like DJ Intelligence, the most requested line dances are:
- The Cupid Shuffle
Old Classic: The Cha Cha Slide
Why It Works: Just like the Cha Cha Slide, the Cupid Shuffle is super easy to learn....but the funkier beat makes this one much more fun to dance to. (Because let's face it — 'how low can you go?' was possibly the best line in the old classic.)
- The Harlem Shake
Old Classic: The Locomotion
Why It Works: Though the Harlem Shake technically isn't a line dance, wedding receptions have been taken by storm since this song went viral a couple of years ago. It's fun to go absolutely wild on the dance floor in the two minutes after the beat drops...and then -- ahem -- regain composure for the rest of the reception.
- Wagon Wheel (Rock Me Mama)
The Old Classic: Achy Breaky Heart
Why It Works: This already-perfect country song only gets better when you add the dance moves. Play this super sweet ballad toward the end of the evening and watch the whole family rush to join the line.
- The Wobble
The Old Classic: The Electric Slide
Why It Works: You'd be hard pressed to find a song that pulls more people on the dance floor. Plus, once Beyonce has put her stamp of approval on something, you really can't go wrong.
- Inexperienced dancers should keep the following tips in mind:
- Don't be afraid to jump in and try it.
- Once you learn a few basic steps, such as the grapevine, you will find it much easier to pick up new combinations.
- You may want to start small. Don't jump into the middle of the most complex, fast-paced song of the night if it's your first time out.
- If you attend a country line dancing night at a local bar or other venue, find out if there will be an instructional period at the beginning of the event. Reviewing the steps at a slower pace can make it much easier to catch every nuance of the dance.
- Instructional videos like Party Line Dances can help you practice your steps at home. Review each piece of the dance as many times as necessary and never worry about getting in the way of others.
Line Dance Variations
One of the reasons why many people love line dancing so much is because most of the dances are very easy to learn. In addition, the repetitive nature provides ample opportunity to practice each dance multiple times. While the dances are generally fairly simple, there is a lot of room for adding accents and a lot of regional variation. Once you have the basics down, watch other dancers to see what kinds of extra steps they add into the routine, such as hand clapping, arm movements, and extra steps or hip motions. Don't be surprised if you enter a new dance venue and find everyone inserting an extra hand clap or making quarter turns instead of half turns; line dancing is all about being part of the community of dancers and enjoying each others' company. Just go with the flow and you'll have a whole new repertoire of moves in no time at all.