This dance style has existed in various forms since the 1920s. It has evolved from its early roots in the Cowboy Dances up through Country Dancing, Square Dancing, English/Irish/Scottish jigs and reels.

Its music has various roots that include Rockabilly, Country, Swing, and The Blues (which is attributed to early Negro music from the South).

Country/Western Line Dancing became popular after WWII, mostly in the South. It moved North somewhere in the 1950s. It has gone through its share of ups and downs in popularity. The early 1990s saw a major resurgence in its popularity, especially in this area, with the opening (and eventual closing) of at least a half-dozen dance halls.

The dances themselves are not really hard to learn. It depends on the instructor as to the tempo that they prefer for a particular dance. Some of them are very fast, so that you give up and head back to the bar.

By definition, C/W line dances are done in lines, as the name suggests. There are no partners. Couples dancing together, though, on the outside of the ‘ring’ may know the couples version of the same dance).

These dances are usually four (4) wall dances, i.e. with each time the dance repeats, you have moved (rotated) a quarter turn (1/4) either left or right, in the LOD (Line Of Direction) of the dance.

Some of the dances are directly related to a particular song—Achy Breaky Heart, for instance. But, most of the dances can be done to other tunes, unless specified, when the dance was first taught (copyright issues). But today, some C/W dances are done to all different styles of music, Rap included. You’d be surprised as what types of music has entered into the C/W realm.

And, as I indicated before, you don’t need a partner, so this would work at an event for singles (or same sex couples). I only use recorded music for this dance form which makes me affordable for most events.

I’m available to do C/W dances at your next event: Weddings, Parties, BBQs, etc. Please call for details.


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