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Keep on dancing!!!
So what's line dancing?
Think of dancing in lines and you've pretty much got the picture. Put in some country music and country style footwork and the picture is nearly complete. If you can count to four and can tell your right foot from your left, you can linedance!
People of all ages
From two year olds who can move their feet in time to music, to 90 years olds who can shuffle to the beat, everyone can dance. It's just a matter of picking the right dances for the skill and physical and mental capabilities of the dancers.
For beginners we try to choose slower music and dances with solid counts. As they progress through the beginners program the dances gradually get faster and harder, until the dances being taught could be considered low intermediate dances.
The first rule is to relax.
RELAX!! This is not supposed to be torture, it's supposed to be fun! Linedancing is a social and physical activity that helps improve balance, co-ordination, memory, and talking skills. If you never become a good linedancer it's not a problem as long as you are having fun and meeting people while you practice dancing.
The second rule is to have fun.
This is a serious requirement of linedancing. If you are not having fun then you are taking the wrong approach and you must be more gentle with yourself. Linedancing (like reading or writing) is an acquired skill. You didn't learn to read in one day, you took it slowly one letter of the alphabet at a time. Same with linedancing, one step at a time. You may learn several steps in one lesson but try not to rush it too much. It takes time for the brain to make all the necessary connections and signals, and then it takes more time to get those signals down to the feet so that they move in time with the music in the direction that you want them to go.
The third rule is to speak up.
Don't let the teacher go faster than you can manage with the basics or you won't be able to progress to harder steps. Like learning to read, if you don't get the sounds of the alphabet right first, it's more difficult to progress to sounding out words.
The fourth rule is practice.
Like any new skill, the more you practice, the faster the skill is learned. You will be taught approximately one new dance per week depending on your teacher and class member's progress. You will then be given the opportunity to practice that dance again and again during the lesson until you are confident that you know the dance, the steps and the weight changes involved to make it feel smooth and natural to dance. Each week the new dance will introduce new steps or variations on steps already learned into your linedancing repertoire, building a whole alphabet of steps to practice and perfect. Once you have mastered these steps you may be ready to tackle more challenging dances with the intermediate class, but don't be surprised if you want to stay with the easier dances for a little longer.