Do you love country line dancing? If so, you’re going to want to add learning these popular line dances to your bucket list! From the Boot Scootin’ Boogie to the Macarena, these dance steps and catchy songs will have you shaking your booty to the music. So dust off your cowboy boots, watch the instructional videos and get moving!
1. A Little Bit Lit
The A Little Bit Lit line dance is a fun and easy way to get your groove on. The dance is done to the song “Lit” by Trace Adkins, and it’s perfect for beginners. The dance is all about having fun, so there’s no need to worry about getting every move perfect—just let loose and enjoy yourself.
2. Black Velvet
Black Velvet is a line dance done originally to the song of the same name by Alannah Myles. The dance is relatively simple, usually consisting of just five steps: forward touch steps, kick-ball-changes and a half turn, kick-ball-change walk, shuffle steps, and jazz box steps.
However, dance variations can also include different turns and kicks and even use other songs, making it perfect for both beginners and experienced dancers of any age. You can check out a step sheet for the dance here and watch the video below.
3. Boot Scootin ‘ Boogie
The Boot Scootin’ Boogie is a line dance made famous in the early 1990s in the tune of Boot Scootin’ Boogie recorded by the band Asleep at the Wheel. The dance became popular in Vancouver, so much so that it was also known as the Vancouver Boogie.
It is also a fantastic dance for beginners, especially those looking into country line dances (plus, it’s a lot of fun!) The best place to learn the dance is at a country music club or bar, where you can practice with other dancers and get the step’s feel.
4. Bring on the Good Times
The Bring on the Good Times line dance is a fun, easy dance that is perfect for any party. Much like the other line dances, this one is done to the song “Bring on the Good Times” by Lisa McHugh. The dance is also simple enough and can be learned by anyone, regardless of their dancing ability.
5. Cha Cha Slide
The Cha Cha Slide is a line dance consisting of a series of basic steps repeated to the beat of the music. The most popular version of the dance is set to the song “Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper, which became a worldwide hit in 2001. With an upbeat, funky beat, the Cha Cha Slide has since been performed by millions of people at parties, weddings, and other festive gatherings.
6. Chicken Dance
The Chicken Dance, also known as the Birdie Dance or the Chicken Song, is a popular line dance that originated in Germany. The dance involves flapping your arms like wings and ‘clucking’ your hands like a chicken puppet.
It is usually performed to the tune of “Der Ententanz” or “The Duck Dance.” The Chicken Dance is also a staple at weddings, parties, and other fun gatherings, especially during American Oktoberfest events.
7. Cotton Eyed Joe
The Cotton Eyed Joe is a line dance that has been around for many years. It is often danced to the song of the same name, which is a traditional country folk song. The dance itself is relatively simple, consisting of only three easy steps. However, don’t let its simplicity fool you; it can get quite energetic, especially in a large crowd!
8. Country Girl Shake
The Country Girl Shake is performed to the song “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” by Luke Bryan. The steps can be a bit tricky for beginners, but once you get everything down you’ll have a hard time NOT dancing it once the song plays.
9. Cowboy Boogie
The Cowboy Boogie is one of those perfect line dances that fit any country song with a 4/4 beat. The steps are also easy to learn, consisting of stepping in four different directions (right, left, forward, back) and ending with hip boogies. You then turn to one side and repeat the steps. You can check out this Cowboy Boogie step sheet for more detailed instructions and refer to the video below.
10. Cowboy Hustle
The Cowboy Hustle consists of a series of basic steps repeated throughout the song. The most important part of the dance is the footwork, which is simple but very effective. The music for the Cowboy Hustle line dance is typically country-western, and the tempo is relatively slow. This makes it easy to keep up with the steps and maintain a good rhythm. Any country-western song with a slow tempo will work well for this dance.
11. Cupid Shuffle
The Cupid Shuffle is a line dance that is done to the song of the same name by Cupid. The entire dance takes 32 beats or 8 counts. The reason this dance is so popular is because it’s very easy to learn and once you know it, you can practically do it in your sleep! Plus, it’s just a lot of fun to do when dancing with friends at a party or wedding reception.
12. Double D
Also known as Duck Dynasty, this four wall, 32-count line dance is a fairly new addition to the scene, choreographed by Trevor Thorton in 2015 and danced to the beat of Cut ’em All by Colt Ford Feat. Willie Robertson. However, any song with a fast tempo and easy-to-follow rhythm will work.
13. Electric Slide
A timeless classic and one of the most commonly-learned line dances, the Electric Slide is a line dance that became popular in late 80s and early 90s. It is usually danced to the song Electric Boogie by Marcia Griffiths.
The dance itself is also fairly simple, consisting only of a series of repeating steps. Because of how easy it is to learn, this line dance is a popular choice for wedding receptions and other group events.
14. Good Time
Named after Alan Jackson’s famous song “Good Time,” this line dance features a series of toe-taps, hitches, shuffles, and shimmies. Although it may take some time (especially for beginners) to get the footwork down to a tee, the dance’s fun and catchy steps will surely give you a good time!
15. Hoedown Throwdown
The Hoedown Throwdown line dance is often done to the song “Hoedown Throwdown” by Miley Cyrus, but any country song with a fast beat will work. It is also the signature dance of the 2009 Hannah Montana movie.
With a mix of country and hip-hop dancing, coupled with a moderate tempo, this line dance will definitely get your heart pumping!
16. House Party
The House Party line dance is done to the song “House Party” by Sam Hunt. The dance is usually done in a line, with each person dancing to the beat of the music. The dance is also simple and modern (albeit with a lot of turning), but it is also a lot of fun to learn.
17. Linda Lu
A beginner-friendly line dance, Linda Lu consists of fancy footwork, turns, claps, and ‘wiggle walks’ throughout the dance. Like many of the line dances, it is usually danced along the song Linda Lu by Ricky Van Shelton/Lee Greenwood or any tune with a West Coast swing rhythm.
The Macarena is a line dance that became popular in the 1990s and is done to the song “Macarena” by Los del Río. It is also easily one of the most recognizable dance/songs from the 90s era.
Unlike the other line dances that have some footwork involved, the Macarena features easy-to-follow arm/hand movements that follow the song’s catchy beat.
The Macarena is often done as a group dance, making it a popular choice for parties and weddings. The dance can be done with or without music, making it a versatile choice for any event.
19. My Maria
The My Maria line dance is a fun and easy way to get your groove on. The dance is named after the song “My Maria” by Brooks & Dunn, and it’s perfect for beginners to intermediate dancers. The steps are simple and easy to follow, and the music is upbeat and catchy. So bust out your dancing shoes and get ready to have some fun!
The Outlaw line dance is a relatively simple dance consisting of stomps, turns, grapevines (a type of sideways movement), and little jumps and claps at the end. The song usually played for the dance is Whiskey Drinkin’ S.O.B. by Mikel Knight.
21. Power Jam
The Power Jam line dance is a fun, high-energy dance that fits perfectly to any upbeat song, especially at parties and clubbing. The dance starts with a basic four-count step, then moves into some funky arm and hip movements. The chorus is when things really get going, with the whole dance floor moving in unison to the catchy beat.
Some popular song choices for Power Jam include: Why We Drink by Justin Moore, I’m A Cowboy by Smokin’ Armadillos, I’m From The Country by Tracy Byrd, Last Call by Daniel Bonte and the Bona Fide and Dust by Eli Young Band.
22. Rock Me
The whole dance is done to the beat of the song “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker. The dance is easy to follow and great for people who are just getting started with line dancing.
It consists of a couple of rocking steps, toe/heel struts, and grapevine steps. Even if you don’t know how to line dance, you can probably pick up the Rock Me line dance pretty quickly!
23. Slapping Leather
The Slappin Leather line dance involves a lot of movement and footwork and can be executed by both beginners and experienced dancers. The steps are relatively simple yet fancy, with one of the steps actually involving ‘slapping your leather boots!’
The most popular song to dance to is “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins. However, it can also be danced to other fast-paced songs, such as “Tulsa Time” by Don Williams.
24. Swamp Thing
The Swamp Thing (or Swamp Thang) is a traditional line dance from Louisiana that features different improvised cha-cha steps in its routine. It’s usually done to the banjo/techno song “Swamp Thing” by the band The Grid, but any tune with a similar beat works well with it.
25. Tango with The Sheriff
The Tango with The Sheriff line dance is performed to the song “Cha Tango” by Dave Sheriff. The dance’s steps and song’s rhythm are slow and easy enough for beginners and intermediate dancers to pick up.
The line dance’s steps have two variations: a solo version and (since we’re talking about tango) a partnered version. Regardless of the version used, it is a great icebreaker that will surely get everyone moving and having fun!
26. Ten Step (this is actually not done in lines!)
As you can see from the title, the Ten Step is not actually a line dance (usually meant for individuals) but a partnered dance. The dance consists of ten stationary footwork followed by a series of forward shuffles. In the partnered version, the pair holds hands and does the same ten steps, but with some added twirls along the way.
This is repeated several times throughout the song. The most popular song to dance the Ten Step to is “What’s It to You” by Clay Walker.
27. The Cowboy Cha Cha
Although no one knows exactly when the Cowboy Cha Cha was created, it became a popular dance during the 90s. The dance can be done as singles, partnered, or even as a line dance.
The Cowboy Cha Cha usually comprises five steps, with each step repeated twice. Different variations on some of the steps also exist, especially if you’re with a partner.
Songs like Brooks & Dunn’s Neon Moon (slow paced) and My Maria (faster paced) are popular choices for the dance.
28. The Hustle
The Hustle line dance is a dance that originates from the 1970s when it gained popularity during the ‘Disco Era.’ Van McCoy’s iconic song “The Hustle” is usually played with the dance.
The line dance has different variations, with The Saturday Night Fever version being one of the most common. The steps to the dance are also easy (and catchy!), making it a fantastic line dance for beginners. You can even add in some of your own disco-esque moves!
29. The Stroll
One of the biggest dance crazes of the late 1950s, The Stroll features two lines of dancers, men on one side and the ladies on the other side facing them. Both parties are doing some basic stroll movements while they wait in line. The first people on both sides will then meet in the middle and stroll down between the two sides while doing some improv dancing. Once they pass down the middle, the next couple will then dance their way through, and so on.
30. Tush Push
Tush Push involves doing some heel switches at the start, then pushing your hips back and forth (the ‘tush push’), followed by some cha cha steps, and finally turning around in a circle.
The dance is moderately easy to learn, and is also a great workout as it gets your heart rate up and makes you move your whole body. If you are looking for a fun way to exercise or just want to enjoy some country-western music, then tush push line dancing is definitely for you!
Not to be confused with the Two-Step partner dance, the Two-Step line dance is done to the tune of Laura Bell Bundy’s Two Step (feat. Colt Ford). Although there are different regional variations, the basic steps include moving side to side, followed by some kicks forward, then a quarter turn. Since these are just the basic steps, you can spice it up by adding your own moves to the dance!
32. Watermelon Crawl
Watermelon Crawl is a line dance created in 1994 by Tracy Byrd. The dance features fancy footwork and claps, followed by a slide to the right and back (which is kind of fun to do!), and finally some turns.
The song and dance have become extremely popular and often performed at country music festivals and other events.
The Wobble line dance originates from the song “Wobble” by V.I.C., and it consists of a simple four-beat pattern that anyone can follow. The beauty of the Wobble line dance is that there is no right way to do the ‘wobble’ and no need for any prior dance experience; all you need is a willingness to have some fun. The dance can be done with any number of people, and it is often done as a group activity at parties or other events.
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These are some of the most famous country line dances and the songs that they are danced to. Each dance has its own unique set of steps, making them a fun way to get exercise and spend time with friends.
Whether you’re doing the Electric Slide, the Cupid Shuffle, or the Macarena, there’s sure to be a line dance that you’ll enjoy. So put on your dancing shoes, watch the videos and get ready to have some fun checking all these off your bucket list.
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