American Line Dance

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  • American Line Dance
    • Group dancing with choreographed steps
      • Influenced by European immigrants and has a lot of similarities with European folk dancing
    • The first popular line dances were 1920s dances like the Charleston and the Cha Cha. Modern line dancing grew from these
      • In the 1950s and 60s, there were dance crazes like the Madison and the Stroll
        • Modern dancing didn't appear until the 1970s, when dances like the Hustle (made popular by the film 'Saturday Night Fever') were danced to disco music
          • The term 'line-dancing' wasn't used until the 1980s- the Tush Push was one of the first dances to be called a line dance
            • Today, Country and Western is the most popular type of music for line dancing
    • Instruments
      • Line dance music is often played by a folk band, as Country and Western has its roots in folk music
        • The band would include a fiddle, banjo or mandolin, accordion, harmonica and double bass, with sometimes a guitar as well
      • Line dancing music has become more modern, and now the electric guitar, MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface), sampling and drum machines are used, although older Country and Western music is still popular
    • The music
      • It has a moderate tempo, strong beat and memorable tunes
      • It has clear sections and lots of repetition to make choreographing dances easier
      • The harmonies are fairly static
      • The chords don't change very often
      • It usually has 4 beats in a bar
    • The dance
      • Each dance has a number of walls, which is the direction the dancers face. Most dances have 4 walls
      • Most line dances are done as solo dances but some are done in pair or groups. Group dances aren't always done in lines- barn dances are done in circles
  • The first popular line dances were 1920s dances like the Charleston and the Cha Cha. Modern line dancing grew from these
    • In the 1950s and 60s, there were dance crazes like the Madison and the Stroll
      • Modern dancing didn't appear until the 1970s, when dances like the Hustle (made popular by the film 'Saturday Night Fever') were danced to disco music
        • The term 'line-dancing' wasn't used until the 1980s- the Tush Push was one of the first dances to be called a line dance
          • Today, Country and Western is the most popular type of music for line dancing

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