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Country Dances


 

Two Step
 
If you’re a fan of country music, and you only ever learn one dance, make it Two Step. This is the most widely played song type in a country venue (followed by Triple 2 and Cha Cha). Two step is actually 4 steps to six counts of music, which gives it it’s characteristic “quick-quick, slow-slow” rhythm. A fun social dance!
 
Two Step Music:      
-        Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson
-        Just To See You Smile by Tim McGraw
-        Hey Baby, Let’s Go To Vegas by Faith Hill
-        Love Bug by George Strait
 
 
Triple 2
 
So now you’re on the floor, because the song sounded like a Two Step… Only as you’re dancing Two Step, it seems terribly slow… time to pull out your Triple 2! You can borrow many of your Two Step moves to do in Triple 2 by replacing each “slow” step with a triple step and each “quick” step with a walking step. Another great social country dance!
 
Triple 2 Music:        
-        She Never Lets It Go To Her Head by Tim McGraw
-        I’ve Got A Feeling by Billy Currington
-        Canadian Man by Paul Brandt
 
 
Cha Cha
 
Cha Cha music has it’s own distinctive sound that can be identified by distinct percussion instruments, giving it a unique staccato sound. It has a similar tempo to West Coast Swing, and as a result, it is not uncommon to see people dancing swing to some Cha Cha music. Five steps are taken to four beats of music, with a break step on the 2nd beat.
 
Cha Cha Music:       
-        He Drinks Tequila by Sammy Kershaw and Lorrie Morgan
-        My Maria by Brooks and Dunn
-        I Just Wanna Dance With You by George Strait
 
 
East Coast Swing
 
East Coast Swing is easy to learn and definitely designed to get your feet moving! It’s a highly popular social dance that can be danced to a wide variety of music, including rock, modern pop, blues, or country. The character of ECS is fun and upbeat, with lots of spins. It’s a stationary dance that rotates in a circular movement, and works more on a six-count beat basic. East Coast Swing is counted as triple step, triple step, rock step. 
 
East Coast Swing Music:    
-        Hit The Road Jack by Buster Poindexter
-        Barefootin’ by Alabama
-        Be My Baby Tonight by John Michael Montgomery
-        All Shook Up by Elvis Presley
 
 
Waltz
 
Waltz is a smooth progressive dance characterized by long flowing movements and slow continuous turns. It is graceful and elegant, danced to slow, romantic music. Waltz has unique timing, as it is danced to ¾ time, which means each measure of music haas three beats instead of the usual 4. While there are usually few waltz’s played during a night at a dance venue, it is a great dance to know.
 
Waltz Music:            
-        Mexican Wind by Emmylou Harris and Jann Browne
-        Stars Over Texas by Tracy Lawrence
 
 
Polka
 
Polka is a fast paced dance that has a repeating triple rhythm as it progresses around the dance floor. You can create movements as simple or complex as you like, as long as you don’t run out of steam… This is a high energy dance, popular at weddings!!
 
Polka Music: 
-        I Don’t Even Know Your Name by Alan Jackson
-        Cowboy’s Sweetheart by Suzy Bogguss
-        Whatcha Gonna Do With A Cowboy by Chris LeDoux and Garth Brooks
 
 
 

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