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Linedancing trio show off their moves to Gretchen Wilson’s ‘Redneck Woman’
There's no question that this song puts a certain pep in their step. They don't hold back a thing.
Cherie Gozon
09.20.21

Are you in the mood for some line dancing?

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Line dancing has an interesting history.

When it comes to line dancing, you might think country bars and honky-tonk people enjoying a drink or two while blasting some country music and people up on their feet.

Yes, line dancing is a country staple, but did you know that line dancing originates from folk dancing?

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Line dancing is said to have a folk dancing origin, especially in that it is very similar to Contra dancing.

According to the California Line Dance Association of America, this form of dancing is known for having dancers in two parallel lines while performing a sequence of dance movements with different partners down the length of the line.

Then, in the 1980s, people started doing Contra dance along with country music.

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Since then, some aspects of Contra dancing have evolved and became the line dancing we know now.

You no longer need a partner to dance, and it doesn’t require you to have serious dance skills, either. The steps are simple and can be enjoyed by people who just love a good time.

Line dancing’s format focuses on the movements of legs and feet.

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You might see other choreographies, including the arms and hands, but let’s leave that to the advanced dancers.

The movement often goes with the beat or count. One beat of the song (or one count) would mean one step or movement taking place.

With that notion, the faster is the song’s beat, so do the movements.

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You’ll see most line dance choreographies include a step, skip, and hop at each beat with people moving in that same direction.

Or, if we follow its origin from Contra dancing, the dancers in two parallel lines move in opposite directions but still following the one-step-per-beat movement.

Because line dancing seems simple, people quickly dismiss the art of it.

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However, this group filmed their choreography to Gretchen Wilson’s ‘Redneck Woman,’ and they kicked up line dancing a notch with their incredible steps.

They even switched formations (and locations) to make it more fun.

Donning their cowboy outfits, the trio started it simple.

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Going back to the basics of line dancing, the group danced to the beat and rhythm of the song with smiles on their faces.

You can quickly feel the vibe of the entire song with their graceful dance.

As the song went on, the intensity went higher.

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The skips and leaps will leave you gasping for breath. It looks like this choreography would be a good cardio exercise, don’t you think?

Definitely, something so different from the line dancing you’re used to.

So, forget about the country bar stereotype that you know.

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Yes, you can still enjoy line dancing like that. After all, it’s great for socializing, bringing people together in a simple dance can get everybody to get up on their feet, too.

But this choreography also showed us that there’s more to line dancing, and it can also be a fantastic work of art.

See this trio kick it off to ‘Redneck Woman’ in the video below!

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By Cherie Gozon
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Cherie Gozon is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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