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  (01/16/2009 wh)

What, exactly, is a Country and Western dancer?

"We are Country-Western dancers... "

 

If you are, what kind of reaction do you get when you tell someone this? We always need to produce a further explanation. Most non-dancers think this means "Square Dancer". Most "Ballroom" dancers think "Line Dancer".

 

The same goes for "Swing Dancers". Most think of "Lindy"

 

We know several good dancers who are all of the above and more. But, many of our dance friends only fit in one or two groups. If this is you, consider expanding your dance ability by trying something different. It's all dancing and it's all social. Then you can be a versatile dancer.

 

Below we compiled a little list of the various types of social dancers. This list is not all inclusive as I am not the authority on this subject. This is a basis for a more comprehensive list that I would like everyone to add to. If you know of a social dance category not listed let us know (email:Walter & Judy Schultz) or Will Harper and it will be added to the web site.

C & W Couples Dancers

C/W couples dancer - Primarily dances Two-Step, C/W Polka, Triple-Two Step (or sometimes known as shuffle) as well as Slow Waltz, Cha, Night Club (NC2), and various Swings. Like Ballroom dancers the C/W couples dancers use the entire floor and observe the same line of dance.  C/W couples dancers may also have "Ballroom" dance experience.

C and W Partner Dancers

C/W partner dancer - Many, many pattern dances, with a partner, mostly around the perimeter of the floor. Some examples are the Traveling Cha-Cha, Side Kick, Tennessee Walk, Sway and Desperado Wrap. Not much, if any, lead and follow. Everyone hopefully knows their footwork.

Line Dancers

Line Dancer - At first line dancing was danced to pop music. The ones we remember were the "Stroll" and much later "Cruising" and the "Electric Slide". A few years ago the line dancing moved into C/W music and then added pop and everything else with a beat. Although this form of dancing is usually attributed to ladies without dance partners there are many men and couples who line dance. On larger floors, with compatible music, line dancing can co-exist with couples and partner dancing, On smaller floors there will be a conflict. Lately line dancing has moved away from C/W music and toward more music that emphasizes a stronger steady beat. Line dancing is also rapidly evolving into a dance filled with every increasing complex

patterns. In the clubs, there is still a large majority of line dancers who favor the older standards but many new line dancers are learning a completely new line dance each week.

Swing Dancers

Swing Dancer - This very popular dance form is all American in origin. A partial list of "Swing" dances include: Jitterbug, Lindy, West Coast Swing, Carolina Shag, Jive, East coast or Triple Swing, DC Hand Dance, and, maybe Hustle. All Swing dancing is currently very popular. The swing most Ballroom Dancers are taught is Triple-Swing and sometimes Jive. C/W dancers learn WCS first and very seldom Jive. Swing dancers are split between WCS and Lindy.  We have two, very different swing dance clubs in this area.  Check out our links page.

 

Carolina Shag dancers, Lindy Dancers and DC Hand Dancers are the most social of the swing dancers and have a culture all their own. Hustle is cool but there are too many opinions on the correct form. In our opinion the Detroit or Street Hustle is the best Fast Tempo Hustle around. Four count Hustle is useless except when used to vary your Meringue. The best part about being a "Swing Dancer" is that you can co-exist with most other "Swing Dancers". See our web pages ( www.TwoStepTidewater.com ) for more information on local swing clubs.

Ballroom Dancers

Ballroom Dancers - This is a broad based tag placed on dancers that mostly learn some very standard couples dances usually in dance studios. Ballroom dancers can be trained in the International Style or American style or both. International style dancers can dance mostly the Standard dances (Foxtrot, Waltz, etc) or Latin dances (Cha, Rumba, Jive, etc.) or both. American Style dancers can dance mostly the Smooth dances (Foxtrot, Waltz, etc.) or Rhythm Dances (Cha, Rumba, Swing, etc.) or both. Unlike C/W, Line and Swing dancers there are few places outside the studios where Ballroom music is played.  We try to keep you informed of ALL dance opportunities in the Tidewater area, via our web pages at www.TwoStepTidewater.com .  You should find many opportunities for ballroom dancing there.

USABDA (United States Amateur Ballroom Dancers Association)

In the Tidewater Virginia area we are blessed with three United States amateur Ballroom Dance Association (USABDA) chapters that hold at least monthly dances. Plus we have a few good entertainers, like my friend Roberto, who also plays good Ballroom music in the clubs. Many areas of the country lack this. Ballroom

dance styles evolve very slowly. What you learned ten years or more ago is still current. Most, but not all, Ballroom dancers ignore other forms of "couples" dancing.  Yep!  The information for USABDA is on our web pages at www.TwoStepTidewater.com .

 

Round Dancers - We know very little about this dance form. There are some very dedicated teachers in this area who also hold dances. The Round Dancers dance most if not all of the Ballroom Dances but in a called sequence. We would welcome any input from those more familiar with this dance form.  Check out our links page for more information.

 

Square Dancers - Of this dance form we also know very little and would welcome any information.

 

Folk Dancers, Contra Dancers - We know even less about this but would like to get "educated."  Also listed on our links page.

 

There are many more dance forms such as Tap, Jazz, Theater Arts, Ballet, Clogging, Irish, etc, etc. but most are not "Social" dances.

 

 

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