We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is Line Dancing?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 23, 2024
Our promise to you
Musical Expert is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Musical Expert, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Line dancing is a formation dance that has origins reaching back into traditional folk dancing. Since the latter part of the 20th century, it has been more closely identified with country and western music, although there are examples of the group dance found with pop music as well. Many country music clubs regularly hold line dances for their customers, with all patrons invited to participate.

The basics of line dancing are very simple. Participants stand in either a single line or a succession of parallel lines if the number of people and the amount of floor space require this arrangement. While the dancers will move without touching one another, they will execute the same moves at the same time. This gives the dance a strong sense of cohesiveness, even though there is no physical interaction between the participants.

The movement that takes place is normally queued off what is known as the count. Generally, one count is equal to one musical beat. Movements take place at each beat. While the basics of line dancing address movements of the feet and legs, more complicated dance routines will also include hand movements and even facial expressions as part of the overall effect.

Often a staple with folk music and dancing around the world, the concept of line dancing began to take hold in other genres during the 1960s and 1970s. Country music was the first to embrace the form, and remains the foundation for many of the more popular line dances today. Pop music also has made use of this style of dancing from time to time, however. While many musicologists identify line dancing with the disco era of the late 1970s and the early 1980s, others note that line dances such as the Hustle were popular as early as 1974.

Today, many different musical genres are compatible with the art of line dancing. Along with folk, country, and pop music, it can also be employed with swing, big band, and Celtic music. The symmetry and graceful movements that are often a part of the dancing make it possible for just about anyone to enjoy it.

Musical Expert is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including Musical Expert, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
By BrickBack — On Apr 07, 2011

@Comfyshoes -Comfyshoes - I love that song, but I have to say that people that don’t feel confident can learn line dancing at home. There are many line dancing DVDs that show the steps in a slower manner so that you can master the routine.

I don’t worry if I am a little off. I just dance to have fun, but some people might feel more comfortable with a little practice at home so that no one will see their mistakes.

By comfyshoes — On Apr 05, 2011

The first time that I went into a country bar I was amazed at how everyone knew all of the line dancing steps. Not one person was off. I think that line dancing lessons would be fun, but I prefer the soul line dancing instead of the country line dancing because I don’t really like country music.

The song that I really taught me how to line dance was with the song, “Electric Slide.” That is a fun song that I think is played at every wedding.

Line dancing songs like this really get everyone dancing and having fun. They are great for all types of parties.

Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
Learn more
Musical Expert, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Musical Expert, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.