Line Dancing Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) – Beginners
- How do I get started?
When you go to your first class make sure it is an absolute beginners or beginner class. Make yourself known to the instructor and let them know you are a novice. When the class starts make sure you are at the front in the middle of a line. If you hide at the back, it is harder to see the instructors feet. Being in the middle of a line means that when you go around the walls there is always someone around you to watch.
- How long does it take to learn to line dance?
Be patient. You would be an exceptionally rare talent if you walked onto the dance floor for the first time and could do it perfectly. Practice the dances as repetition helps and come often to classes. No one is perfect and just think of those little errors as variations everyone has been there and understands. Ask your teacher for a step sheet and familiarise yourself with the steps. Persevere and don’t give up it will eventually all fall into place.
- What if I bump into someone?
It is almost inevitable that at some point in your line dancing lifetime you will bump into someone or they to you. Even if it is not your fault, apologise and dance on. These things happen and you should not worry about it. It can be a weekly occurrence.
- I don’t really like Country Western music?
Line dancing is no longer just country, it is done to rock, pop, Irish and Latin. There will be a great variety at the classes.
- What should I wear?
Wear whatever you feel comfortable in. Most dancers wear trousers/jeans with a t-shirt/top with a cardigan that can be removed. Your outfit is entirely up to you.
- What footwear should I wear?
Wear flat shoes or boots that are comfortable, give you the right amount of traction and are comfortable with support for your feet. Some dancers like a small heel. Leathered soled shoes are best, but not compulsory – especially for beginners. If there is too much traction (ie. grip) then your ankles will be quite sore afterwards. Alternatively, if there is not enough grip, you could end up sliding all over the place. No high heels please as these will probably hurt your feet, damage the floor and other people don’t take too kindly to being stood on by them.
- What do I need to bring with me?
£4 for the class and a small drink of water/juice. If you are staying for 2 hours, you may want to bring a healthy snack.
- Do I need a partner.
No partner is required. Line dancing is very sociable so you can come on your own as it will not be long until you make new friends.
- I have never danced before and I feel my coordination is not good!
You will be fine at the absolute beginners class as the dances are easier and taught at a slow pace. The dances are broken down into sections so you can follow them easier. Please give it a go for at least 6 weeks as it takes time for you to get used to this new activity.
- I have danced before and I want to be challenged!
If you feel the beginners and improvers dances (L1 and L2) are too easy, the instructor will advise you of other classes that are running in the area that are intermediate and advanced level (L3 and L4)
- I can’t turn?
Don’t worry you will not have to turn as alternatives are given. Keep your steps small and you will maintain your balance better and be able to rectify problems more easily. Keep your knees soft (ie. don’t lock them) this enables you to make transitions more quickly.
- What are the benefits of Line Dancing?
It is a healthy pastime that promotes cardio vascular fitness, balance and coordination. It helps maintain good posture. It is a weight bearing activity, therefore, promotes bone growth and increases bone density which in turn helps reduce osteoporosis. There are social and emotional benefits with this pastime and many lifelong friendships are formed. There are regular monthly line dancing socials to attend and also Line Dancing holidays are also available.