Dance

Group’s smooth stepping line dance to “Rivers of Babylon” charms YouTube

October 26th, 2020

Dancing is an art expressed by creating a series of bodily movements and following a certain rhythm.

This ancient form has evolved and expanded through time, giving birth to various forms of dances ranging from the strictest forms to a freer mode of dances.

Perhaps above all, it’s a great way to connect with people.

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Line dancing is one of the dance forms that is usually done in a social setting, inviting random participants to dance simple routines that anyone can do.

People form rows and lines, setting a small distance apart between each dancer. There can also be a leader in front to guide the participants through the routine.

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Tith the four-wall dance, dancers should follow a routine that enables them to face all four directions (front, back, left, and right).

This dance has become a popular pastime and can be observed in country-western bars with people not hesitating to dance along with a couple of strangers.

These ladies gave their attempt to a popular line dance tune, and shared it on the internet.

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Eunhee Yoon, a South Korean dancer, has taken an interest in Western line dances.

She leads a group of beautiful women to perform line dance covers of popular Western and country music, and then shares them on the internet via her own YouTube channel.

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One particular line dance cover caught the attention of the online crowd, and it is their line dance cover of the song, “Rivers Of Babylon,” which they performed in a fashion of a four-wall dance.

You can see how graceful flow of their movements as they dance along with the music.

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The video began showing the group wearing red clothes, lightly swaying their hips along with the song’s beat.

The song slowly built up towards the main verses and after almost a minute, the beat dropped, cueing the dancers to begin their routine.

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They gracefully performed a series of cross-steps, hovering side-by-side across the room then spun around to face different directions.

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The line leader, Yoon, elegantly led her dancers wearing a charming smile that never faded throughout the whole duration of the dance.

The dance ended with the line dancers posing with their arms spread in unison.

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The dance was uploaded on YouTube in 2014 and it attracted a lot of attention, earning them 14 million views.

People from different countries have sent them their heartfelt compliments, telling them how their dance was beautifully done.

The song they used also has some cultural importance.

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Rivers of Babylon is a Rastafari song written by the band called The Melodians, although the song used in Yoon’s line dance was a version by a German disco band Boney M.

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The song was based on the bible texts from Psalms, expressing the lamentations of the early Jews after they were oppressed by the Babylonians in their conquest in Jerusalem.

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Although it is a lamenting hymn, the song was accompanied by an upbeat reggae tune, given the genre was popular at the time, to increase the public’s awareness about the growing Rastafarian movement.

It is nice to see these ladies take recognition for sharing their line dance cover of a song of such rich history!

Check out the full performance in the link below:

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Source: YouTube/LinedanceEunhee Yoon

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