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Do you love country line dancing? If so, you’re going to want to add learning these popular line dances to your bucket list! From the Boot Scootin’ Boogie to the Macarena, these dance steps and catchy songs will have you shaking your booty to the music. So dust off your cowboy boots, watch the instructional videos and get moving!

1. A Little Bit Lit

The A Little Bit Lit line dance is a fun and easy way to get your groove on. The dance is done to the song “Lit” by Trace Adkins, and it’s perfect for beginners. The dance is all about having fun, so there’s no need to worry about getting every move perfect—just let loose and enjoy yourself. 

2. Black Velvet

Black Velvet is a line dance done originally to the song of the same name by Alannah Myles. The dance is relatively simple, usually consisting of just five steps: forward touch steps, kick-ball-changes and a half turn, kick-ball-change walk, shuffle steps, and jazz box steps.

However, dance variations can also include different turns and kicks and even use other songs, making it perfect for both beginners and experienced dancers of any age. You can check out a step sheet for the dance here and watch the video below.

3. Boot Scootin ‘ Boogie

The Boot Scootin’ Boogie is a line dance made famous in the early 1990s in the tune of Boot Scootin’ Boogie recorded by the band Asleep at the Wheel. The dance became popular in Vancouver, so much so that it was also known as the Vancouver Boogie.

It is also a fantastic dance for beginners, especially those looking into country line dances (plus, it’s a lot of fun!) The best place to learn the dance is at a country music club or bar, where you can practice with other dancers and get the step’s feel.

4. Bring on the Good Times

The Bring on the Good Times line dance is a fun, easy dance that is perfect for any party. Much like the other line dances, this one is done to the song “Bring on the Good Times” by Lisa McHugh. The dance is also simple enough and can be learned by anyone, regardless of their dancing ability.

5. Cha Cha Slide

The Cha Cha Slide is a line dance consisting of a series of basic steps repeated to the beat of the music. The most popular version of the dance is set to the song “Cha Cha Slide” by DJ Casper, which became a worldwide hit in 2001. With an upbeat, funky beat, the Cha Cha Slide has since been performed by millions of people at parties, weddings, and other festive gatherings.

6. Chicken Dance

The Chicken Dance, also known as the Birdie Dance or the Chicken Song, is a popular line dance that originated in Germany. The dance involves flapping your arms like wings and ‘clucking’ your hands like a chicken puppet.

It is usually performed to the tune of “Der Ententanz” or “The Duck Dance.” The Chicken Dance is also a staple at weddings, parties, and other fun gatherings, especially during American Oktoberfest events.

7. Cotton Eyed Joe

The Cotton Eyed Joe is a line dance that has been around for many years. It is often danced to the song of the same name, which is a traditional country folk song. The dance itself is relatively simple, consisting of only three easy steps. However, don’t let its simplicity fool you; it can get quite energetic, especially in a large crowd! 

8. Country Girl Shake

The Country Girl Shake is performed to the song “Country Girl (Shake It for Me)” by Luke Bryan. The steps can be a bit tricky for beginners, but once you get everything down you’ll have a hard time NOT dancing it once the song plays.

9. Cowboy Boogie

The Cowboy Boogie is one of those perfect line dances that fit any country song with a 4/4 beat. The steps are also easy to learn, consisting of stepping in four different directions (right, left, forward, back) and ending with hip boogies. You then turn to one side and repeat the steps. You can check out this Cowboy Boogie step sheet for more detailed instructions and refer to the video below.

10. Cowboy Hustle

The Cowboy Hustle consists of a series of basic steps repeated throughout the song. The most important part of the dance is the footwork, which is simple but very effective. The music for the Cowboy Hustle line dance is typically country-western, and the tempo is relatively slow. This makes it easy to keep up with the steps and maintain a good rhythm. Any country-western song with a slow tempo will work well for this dance.

11. Cupid Shuffle

The Cupid Shuffle is a line dance that is done to the song of the same name by Cupid. The entire dance takes 32 beats or 8 counts. The reason this dance is so popular is because it’s very easy to learn and once you know it, you can practically do it in your sleep! Plus, it’s just a lot of fun to do when dancing with friends at a party or wedding reception.

12. Double D

Also known as Duck Dynasty, this four wall, 32-count line dance is a fairly new addition to the scene, choreographed by Trevor Thorton in 2015 and danced to the beat of Cut ’em All by Colt Ford Feat. Willie Robertson. However, any song with a fast tempo and easy-to-follow rhythm will work.

13. Electric Slide

A timeless classic and one of the most commonly-learned line dances, the Electric Slide is a line dance that became popular in late 80s and early 90s. It is usually danced to the song Electric Boogie by Marcia Griffiths.

The dance itself is also fairly simple, consisting only of a series of repeating steps. Because of how easy it is to learn, this line dance is a popular choice for wedding receptions and other group events.

14. Good Time

Named after Alan Jackson’s famous song “Good Time,” this line dance features a series of toe-taps, hitches, shuffles, and shimmies. Although it may take some time (especially for beginners) to get the footwork down to a tee, the dance’s fun and catchy steps will surely give you a good time!

15. Hoedown Throwdown

The Hoedown Throwdown line dance is often done to the song “Hoedown Throwdown” by Miley Cyrus, but any country song with a fast beat will work. It is also the signature dance of the 2009 Hannah Montana movie.

With a mix of country and hip-hop dancing, coupled with a moderate tempo, this line dance will definitely get your heart pumping!

16. House Party

The House Party line dance is done to the song “House Party” by Sam Hunt. The dance is usually done in a line, with each person dancing to the beat of the music. The dance is also simple and modern (albeit with a lot of turning), but it is also a lot of fun to learn. 

17. Linda Lu

A beginner-friendly line dance, Linda Lu consists of fancy footwork, turns, claps, and ‘wiggle walks’ throughout the dance. Like many of the line dances, it is usually danced along the song Linda Lu by Ricky Van Shelton/Lee Greenwood or any tune with a West Coast swing rhythm.

18. Macarena

The Macarena is a line dance that became popular in the 1990s and is done to the song “Macarena” by Los del Río. It is also easily one of the most recognizable dance/songs from the 90s era.

Unlike the other line dances that have some footwork involved, the Macarena features easy-to-follow arm/hand movements that follow the song’s catchy beat.

The Macarena is often done as a group dance, making it a popular choice for parties and weddings. The dance can be done with or without music, making it a versatile choice for any event.

19. My Maria

The My Maria line dance is a fun and easy way to get your groove on. The dance is named after the song “My Maria” by Brooks & Dunn, and it’s perfect for beginners to intermediate dancers. The steps are simple and easy to follow, and the music is upbeat and catchy. So bust out your dancing shoes and get ready to have some fun!

20. Outlaw

The Outlaw line dance is a relatively simple dance consisting of stomps, turns, grapevines (a type of sideways movement), and little jumps and claps at the end. The song usually played for the dance is Whiskey Drinkin’ S.O.B. by Mikel Knight.

21. Power Jam

The Power Jam line dance is a fun, high-energy dance that fits perfectly to any upbeat song, especially at parties and clubbing. The dance starts with a basic four-count step, then moves into some funky arm and hip movements. The chorus is when things really get going, with the whole dance floor moving in unison to the catchy beat.

Some popular song choices for Power Jam include: Why We Drink by Justin Moore, I’m A Cowboy by Smokin’ Armadillos, I’m From The Country by Tracy Byrd, Last Call by Daniel Bonte and the Bona Fide and Dust by Eli Young Band.

22. Rock Me

The whole dance is done to the beat of the song “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker. The dance is easy to follow and great for people who are just getting started with line dancing.

It consists of a couple of rocking steps, toe/heel struts, and grapevine steps. Even if you don’t know how to line dance, you can probably pick up the Rock Me line dance pretty quickly!

23. Slapping Leather

The Slappin Leather line dance involves a lot of movement and footwork and can be executed by both beginners and experienced dancers. The steps are relatively simple yet fancy, with one of the steps actually involving ‘slapping your leather boots!’

The most popular song to dance to is “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins. However, it can also be danced to other fast-paced songs, such as “Tulsa Time” by Don Williams.

24. Swamp Thing

The Swamp Thing (or Swamp Thang) is a traditional line dance from Louisiana that features different improvised cha-cha steps in its routine. It’s usually done to the banjo/techno song “Swamp Thing” by the band The Grid, but any tune with a similar beat works well with it.

25. Tango with The Sheriff

The Tango with The Sheriff line dance is performed to the song “Cha Tango” by Dave Sheriff. The dance’s steps and song’s rhythm are slow and easy enough for beginners and intermediate dancers to pick up.

The line dance’s steps have two variations: a solo version and (since we’re talking about tango) a partnered version. Regardless of the version used, it is a great icebreaker that will surely get everyone moving and having fun!

26. Ten Step (this is actually not done in lines!)

As you can see from the title, the Ten Step is not actually a line dance (usually meant for individuals) but a partnered dance. The dance consists of ten stationary footwork followed by a series of forward shuffles. In the partnered version, the pair holds hands and does the same ten steps, but with some added twirls along the way.

This is repeated several times throughout the song. The most popular song to dance the Ten Step to is “What’s It to You” by Clay Walker.

27. The Cowboy Cha Cha

Although no one knows exactly when the Cowboy Cha Cha was created, it became a popular dance during the 90s. The dance can be done as singles, partnered, or even as a line dance.

The Cowboy Cha Cha usually comprises five steps, with each step repeated twice. Different variations on some of the steps also exist, especially if you’re with a partner.

Songs like Brooks & Dunn’s Neon Moon (slow paced) and My Maria (faster paced) are popular choices for the dance.

28. The Hustle

The Hustle line dance is a dance that originates from the 1970s when it gained popularity during the ‘Disco Era.’ Van McCoy’s iconic song “The Hustle” is usually played with the dance.

The line dance has different variations, with The Saturday Night Fever version being one of the most common. The steps to the dance are also easy (and catchy!), making it a fantastic line dance for beginners. You can even add in some of your own disco-esque moves!

29. The Stroll

One of the biggest dance crazes of the late 1950s, The Stroll features two lines of dancers, men on one side and the ladies on the other side facing them. Both parties are doing some basic stroll movements while they wait in line. The first people on both sides will then meet in the middle and stroll down between the two sides while doing some improv dancing. Once they pass down the middle, the next couple will then dance their way through, and so on.

30. Tush Push

Tush Push involves doing some heel switches at the start, then pushing your hips back and forth (the ‘tush push’), followed by some cha cha steps, and finally turning around in a circle.

The dance is moderately easy to learn, and is also a great workout as it gets your heart rate up and makes you move your whole body. If you are looking for a fun way to exercise or just want to enjoy some country-western music, then tush push line dancing is definitely for you!

31. Two-Step

Not to be confused with the Two-Step partner dance, the Two-Step line dance is done to the tune of Laura Bell Bundy’s Two Step (feat. Colt Ford). Although there are different regional variations, the basic steps include moving side to side, followed by some kicks forward, then a quarter turn. Since these are just the basic steps, you can spice it up by adding your own moves to the dance!

32. Watermelon Crawl

Watermelon Crawl is a line dance created in 1994 by Tracy Byrd. The dance features fancy footwork and claps, followed by a slide to the right and back (which is kind of fun to do!), and finally some turns.

The song and dance have become extremely popular and often performed at country music festivals and other events.

33. Wobble

The Wobble line dance originates from the song “Wobble” by V.I.C., and it consists of a simple four-beat pattern that anyone can follow. The beauty of the Wobble line dance is that there is no right way to do the ‘wobble’ and no need for any prior dance experience; all you need is a willingness to have some fun. The dance can be done with any number of people, and it is often done as a group activity at parties or other events.

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These are some of the most famous country line dances and the songs that they are danced to. Each dance has its own unique set of steps, making them a fun way to get exercise and spend time with friends.

Whether you’re doing the Electric Slide, the Cupid Shuffle, or the Macarena, there’s sure to be a line dance that you’ll enjoy. So put on your dancing shoes, watch the videos and get ready to have some fun checking all these off your bucket list.

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Line Dances

Line DanceSongDifficulty Instructional
Stepsheet (pdf)
A Little Bit LitLitBeginnerVideoStepsheet
A Little Bit LouderLittle Bit LouderBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Aces & EightsDead Man's HandIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Adventure 45Best AdventureBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
After PartyAfter PartyIntermediateVideoStepsheet
After PartyAfter PartyIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Ain't Too CoolAin't Too CoolBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
All Bass No TrebleAll About That BassBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
All Jacked UpAll Jacked UpBeginnerVideoStepsheet
All Night LongAll Night LongBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
American Country Love SongAmerican Country Love SongBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
American KidsAmerican KidsBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
American SummerRed Hot American SummerBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Askin QuestionsAskin QuestionsBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Aw NawAw NawIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Baby TonightDancing TonightBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Back It UpBack It UpIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Backwood BumpBackwood BumpBeg. / IntVideoStepsheet
Bad AttitudeYippee Yi YoIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Ball CapBall CapBeg. / Int.N/AN/AStepsheet
BanjoTil You Hear a BanjoIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Barefoot Blue Jean NightBarefoot Blue Jean NightBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Beat Of The MusicBeat Of The MusicIntermediateN/AN/AStepsheet
Beer MoneyBeer MoneyBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Beers AgoBeers AgoBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Beers and Sunshine Beers and Sunshine IntermediateVideoStepsheet
Better in BootsBetter in BootsBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Big EnergyBig Energy (feat DJ Khaled)Beg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Line DanceSongDifficulty Instructional
Stepsheet (pdf)
Black VelvetBlack VelvetBeginnerVideoN/A
Blow Me A KissBooty VoodooBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Blow Me A KissBooty VoodooBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Blue Jeans OnBlue JeansBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Blurred LinesBlurred LinesBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Bobbi With An IBobbi With An IBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Bobbi With An IBobbi With An IBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Body RockThey Don't Care About UsBeginnerVideoStepsheet
BoomerangBoomerangBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Boot Scootin' BoogieBoot Scootin' BoogieBeginnerN/AN/AStepsheet
Booze CruiseBooze CruiseBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Boys 'Round HereBoys 'Round HereIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Boys 'Round HereBoys 'Round HereIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Burn It To The GroundBurn It To The GroundBeg. / Int.VideoN/A
CakeCake By The OceanIntermediateVideoStepsheet
CaliforniaCaliforniaBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
California CowgirlCalifornia CowgirlBeg. / Int.N/AN/AStepsheet
Call Me SenoritaSenoritaBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Can't Stop UsYou Can't Stop MeBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Can't Walk AwayCraving YouIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Caribbean FeelingCaribbean FeelingBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Cha Cha CalienteOn The FloorIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Champagne PromiseChampagne PromiseBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Chattanooga LucyChattanooga LucyBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Chattanooga LucyChattanooga LucyBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Chill FactorLast NightIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Chill FactorLast NightIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Chomping At The BitIf You Just Let Me Into Your HeartBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Cleveland BoyzCleveland ShuffleBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Cleveland BoyzCleveland ShuffleBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Line DanceSongDifficulty Instructional
Stepsheet (pdf)
Coastin'Lord Of The DanceBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Cool WhipLet It WhipBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Copperhead RoadCopperhead RoadBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Country Boys RollThat's How Country Boys RollBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Country CricketCricket On A LineIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Country CricketCricket On A LineIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Country Girl ShakeCountry Girl ShakeBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Country Girl ShakeCountry Girl ShakeBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Country StyleBoots OnIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Cowboy HustleBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Cowboy UpCowboy UpBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Crash & BurnCrash & BurnIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Crazy LegsSouthern Cookin'BeginnerVideoStepsheet
Creepin'Creepin'Beg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
CricketsCricketsBeg. / IntVideoStepsheet
Crooked HaloCrooked HaloBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Cyber RemixTake You DancingIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Dance For Your FreedomDance For Your FreedomBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Dance Right HereDance Right HereIntermediateN/AN/AStepsheet
Dance With MeShut Up and DanceBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Dance With MeShut Up and DanceBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Day DrinkingDay DrinkingBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Deep SouthDeep SouthIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Dirt Road DiscoDirt Road DiscoIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Dirty BootsDirt on my BootsBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Dirty BootsDirt on my BootsBeg. / Int. VideoStepsheet
Line DanceSongDifficulty Instructional
Stepsheet (pdf)
Dirty LaundryDirty LaundryIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Dirty LaundryDirty LaundryIntermediateVideoStepsheet
DMMD It (Devil Made Me Do It)Martha DivineBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Don't Let Me DownSun Don't Let Me DownIntermediateN/AN/AStepsheet
Double D (Duck Dynasty)Cut 'em AllBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Double Shot of CrownBartenderBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Down To The Honky TonkDown To The Honky TonkBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Down To The IslandsIsland SongBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Drink In My HandA Drink In My HandBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Drunk On A PlaneDrink On A PlaneBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Drunk On A PlaneDrink On A PlaneBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Drunk on StarsCelestialBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Easy TonightEasy TonightBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Electric SlideBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Everybody Have A Good TimeGood TimeBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Fairy Tales & Love SongsPayphoneIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Fake ID Part 1Fake IDIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Fake ID Part 2Fake IDIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Feels Like GoldGoldBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Fishin'Shut Up And FishBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
FlatlinerFlatlinerBeg. / Int.N/AN/AStepsheet
Four On The FloorFour On The FloorIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Friday NightFriday NightBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Full ThrottleThe Only Way I KnowBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Get It RightHard Not to Love ItBeg. / IntVideoStepsheet
Get It RightHard Not to Love ItBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Get UglyGet UglyIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Get WildWildIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Line DanceSongDifficulty Instructional
Stepsheet (pdf)
Gimmie GimmieWorth ItBeginnerVideoStepsheet
God Bless A Country GirlGod Bless A Country GirlBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
God Blessed TexasGod Blessed TexasBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Goin' HammCrank It UpBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Goin' HammCrank It UpBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Good GirlGood GirlBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Good GirlGood GirlBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Good ThingGood ThingBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Good TimeGood TimeBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Good TimeGood TimeBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Good To GoGood to GoIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Got Your NumberGot Your NumberIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Head Over BootsHead Over BootsBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Headlights (aka Honky Tonk Hustle)HeadlightsBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
HicktownHicktownBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
High ClassHigh ClassIntermediateVideoStepsheet
High ClassHigh ClassIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Hold On ToI Hold OnBeginnerVideoStepsheet
HomegrownHomegrownBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Honey, I'm GoodHoney, I'm GoodBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Honky Tonk County LineHonky Tonk HighwayBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Honky Tonk County LineHonky Tonk HighwayBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
HootenannyFarm PartyIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Hot and HazyNever Loved BeforeIntermediateN/AN/AStepsheet
House PartyHouse PartyBeginnerVideoStepsheet
I Got ThisI Got ThisIntermediateVideoStepsheet
I Love Country MusicLike I Love Country MusicBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Ice N WhiskeyKnockin' BootsBeginnerN/AN/AStepsheet
If The Boot FitsIf The Boot FitsIntermediateVideoStepsheet
In My CarSomewhere In My CarBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Line DanceSongDifficulty Instructional
Stepsheet (pdf)
In My CarSomewhere In My CarBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
In The SixBodyIntermediateVideoStepsheet
J-WalkWalking To JerusalemBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Just DanceJust DanceBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Just Feel Like Dancing Can't Stop The Feeling!IntermediateVideoStepsheet
Just Gettin' StartedJust Gettin' StartedBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Just Gettin' StartedJust Gettin' StartedBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Keep It SimpleKeep It SimpleBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Keep On GoingIf You're Going Through HellBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Kick N RockMama Don't Get Dressed Up For NothingIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Kickin DustKick the Dust UpIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Lay Down and DanceBaby, Lay Down and DanceBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Lay LowLay LowBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Lay LowLay LowBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Lie to MeLie to MeIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Lil BitLil BitIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Lil BitLil BitIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Linda LuLinda LuBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Linda LuLinda LuBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Lonely DrumLonely DrumBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Long And Happy Life A Long and Happy Life"IntermediateVideoStepsheet
Love Done GoneLove Done GoneBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Love to Shake ItGirls Love to Shake ItIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Love Without EndWoman, AmenBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Love You Too MuchLove You Too MuchIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Loving Me Is RedRedIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Loving Me Is RedRedIntermediateVideoStepsheet
MaverickAll You Ever Do Is Bring Me DownIntermediateN/AN/AStepsheet
Maybe It's YouMaybe It's YouIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Line DanceSongDifficulty Instructional
Stepsheet (pdf)
Meant To BeWhat IfsIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Men In Black (MIB)Men In BlackBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
More DessertDessertIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Move Like You DoMoveBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Move Like You DoMoveBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Moving My HipsParty In The U.S.A.BeginnerVideoStepsheet
My ChurchMy ChurchBeginnerVideoStepsheet
My Kind Of NightThat's My Kind of NightBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
My Kind Of NightThat's My Kind of NightBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
My MariaMy MariaBeginnerVideoStepsheet
My MariaMy MariaBeginnerVideoStepsheet
No Other RiderShotgun RiderBeginnerVideoStepsheet
No Rhyme, No ReasonIt HappensIntermediateVideoStepsheet
No VacancySangriaIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Nobody's Second BestXOIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Nothing But YouNothing But YouIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Oh Me Oh My OhOh Me Oh My OhBeg. / IntVideoStepsheet
Online CoolOnlineIntermediateN/AN/AStepsheet
OutlawWhiskey Drinkin' S.O.B.BeginnerVideoStepsheet
Over And OverSummer FeverIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Perfectly ConfusedLose My MindBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Play That SaxSaxIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Power JamBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Pure AdrenalinePure AdrenalineIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Raised Like ThatRaised Like ThatBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Razor SharpSiamsaIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Redneck AngelMerry Go RoundBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Line DanceSongDifficulty Instructional
Stepsheet (pdf)
River BankRiver BankBeg. / Int.N/AN/AStepsheet
Road Less TraveledRoad Less TraveledBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Rock ItBaby Likes to Rock itBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Rock MeWagon WheelBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Rose GardenRose GardenIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Run Di RoadRun Di RoadBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Saddle Up ShawtySaddle Up ShawtyIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Say HeyHit Me UpIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Shake It OffShake It OffIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Shake It OffShake It OffIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Shake Your South SideShake Your South SideBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Shake Your South SideShake Your South SideBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Shape of YouShape of YouIntermediateVideoStepsheet
She BangsShe BangsIntermediateVideoStepsheet
She Thinks My Tractor's SexyShe Thinks My Tractor's SexyIntermediateVideoStepsheet
She Thinks My Tractor's SexyShe Thinks My Tractor's SexyIntermediateVideoStepsheet
She's A NaturalNaturalBeginnerVideoStepsheet
She's With MeShe's With MeBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
ShockSuper LoveIntermediateN/AN/AStepsheet
Simple As Can BeSimpleBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Singles You UpSingles You UpIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Slapping LeatherFootlooseBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Smooth FunkPermBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Someone ElseNo ExcusesIntermediateVideoStepsheet
Somethin' I'm Good AtSomething I'm Good AtBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Something In The WaterSomething In The WaterBeginnerVideoStepsheet
StitchesStitchesBeg. / IntVideoStepsheet
Stomp Like WhatStomp Like HellBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Line DanceSongDifficulty Instructional
Stepsheet (pdf)
Summer Jam 2019Summer JamBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Summer SwaySwayBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Sun DazeSun DazeBeginnerVideoStepsheet
T.G.I.F.Just Got PaidIntermediateVideoStepsheet
TailgateTailgateBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Ten RoundsTen RoundsBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Ten StepBeginnerVideoStepsheet
The BounceThe BounceIntermediateVideoStepsheet
The FighterThe FighterBeg. / Int. VideoStepsheet
The WalkLa MucaraBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
The WolfThe WolfBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
The WorldThe WorldBeg. / Int.VideoStepsheet
Thinking AboutEverything I Shouldn't Be Thinking AboutBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Thinking AboutEverything I Shouldn't Be Thinking AboutBeginnerVideoStepsheet
Tick Tick BoomTick Tick BoomIntermediateVideoStepsheet
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Why music affects our emotions so much

  • David Robson
  • BBC Future

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Music can evoke a wide variety of feelings and experiences in a person

In an article from the "Ask and Answer" series designed to quench the reader's curiosity, a journalist BBC Future explores the impact of music on people's emotional state.

"Why does music have a direct effect on our emotions? What is the evolutionary meaning of this phenomenon?" asks Philip Loerish, who emailed us his question.

Each person experienced the emotional power of music, which sometimes literally takes our soul.

We can get into a state of euphoria from driving music in some rock club, and listening to a romantic ballad, experience the deep longing of unrequited love...

Music expresses our emotions much more powerfully than words can.

However, as our reader rightly notes, the reasons for this do not lie on the surface.

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"I understand why rhythm can be so appealing, and I also understand anticipation, surprise, fulfillment. All these things explain why music can be interesting But why it affects us at a deep level - it remains a mystery to me," he wrote.

An anthropological riddle

Our reader Philip is not the only one who has asked this question. And by the way, he's in good company.

Even the father of evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin, was puzzled by the human ability to perceive music and called this ability "the most mysterious of those with which [mankind] is gifted."

Some academic thinkers, such as the cognitive scientist Steven Pinker, have even questioned whether there is any special value in music at all.

According to Pinker, we like music only because it stimulates our other, more important abilities - the ability to recognize patterns, for example.

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Downward melodic-harmonic sequences tend to have a calming effect on us

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In itself, according to Pinker, she is of no value and acts only as an irritant to hearing.

If this were the case, would people all over the world spend so much of their lives playing and listening to music?

If you consider yourself a music freak, compare your obsession with the attitude towards music in the Babinga tribe. This Central African people is known for singing and dancing in every activity, from collecting honey to hunting elephants.

Anthropologist Gilbert Rouget, who lived among the babing in 1946, found that non-participation in the ritual of joint music-making is considered among them the most terrible of crimes.

"Perhaps you cannot express it more clearly that song and food are equally necessary for a person to live, - the scientist noted. - For this reason, many people (including myself) can hardly believe that music is just background soundtrack to the story of human evolution".

Fortunately, there are alternative theories regarding the purpose of music. According to one particularly popular hypothesis, music arose in response to sexual competition among humans, like the brightly colored tails of peacocks.

Indeed, developed musical abilities make a person more sexually attractive.

However, there is still little evidence for this theory: a recent study of 10,000 twins did not show that musicians are somehow especially lucky in matters of "bed" (Mick Jagger and many other rockers, however, can argue with this).

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Playing our heartstrings, music helped us connect emotionally with the world

It is also suggested that music was an early form of human communication. Indeed, some musical motifs carry the emotional codes of our ancestors.

For example, ascending staccato turns us on emotionally, while long descending sequences have a calming effect. Apparently, certain sound structures contain universal meanings that are equally read by adults of different ages and cultures, small children, and even animals.

So it can be said with a high degree of certainty that music arose on the foundation of associations with the cries of birds and animals as a means by which an ancient person who did not yet have a language could express his feelings and emotions. It is even possible that music became the proto-language that paved the way for the emergence of speech.

In addition, at a certain historical stage, music may have helped bring people together in communities. Group dance and sing-along have made people more altruistic and more likely to identify with the community in which they exist.

According to the latest research in neuroscience, when you move in sync with another person, you - thanks to the signals sent to you by the brain - cease to be aware of yourself as something separate.

It is as if you are peering into another person in a mirror and recognize yourself in him. Well, as we all know very well from our own bodily reactions, in order to start moving people in unison, there is no better means than music.

However, in order for internal transformations to take place, active physical involvement in music is not at all necessary (although it can enhance the effect).

Emotional contact with the world

If a melody causes pleasant vibrations in the body, simply listening to it is enough to reduce our ego. Sounds reassuring, especially for those whose musical life, like mine, is tied to the couch and iPod.

A group that has more solidarity and less internal strife has a higher chance of surviving and prospering. This was most widely illustrated by the example of the Babinga tribe, with their obligatory daily music-making.

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All human life on Earth is accompanied by a certain musical series

Anthropologist Rouget wrote about babing: one with a group of singers. "

The role of music as a social glue can also be seen in the songs that slaves sing at work, as well as the choral songs of soldiers and sailors. It seems that music really brings people together, makes them closer to each other.

Music seems to be at the very foundation of our relationship with the world, and there is a deep sense that, by plucking our heartstrings, it helps us to establish emotional contact with other people and in general with everything that exists.

Each culture can build on this rudimentary instinct in its own way, creating its own lexicon of musical chords and motifs that will become associated with certain feelings and emotions.

Whatever the genesis and original purpose of music, modern people can no longer help but associate it with the important events of their own lives.

Our current existence on Earth - from conception, gestation, birth to burial, with everything that can happen in between - is accompanied by a certain musical range.

And it is no wonder that the sounds of your favorite melodies can give us such a heady cocktail of emotions and memories.

Read the original of this article in English is available on the website BBC Future .

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  1. You have such thin and graceful fingers that I want to hold your hand all the time.
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  6. You will never get bored with you. You are cheerful, active and cheerful. You will always be like this, right?
  7. Did you come up with it yourself? What a great guy you are! Very beautiful (creative, unusual, resourceful).
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  6. I really want to hug you right now, but I'm afraid that once I do, I won't be able to stop myself from continuing.
  7. Can you say that again? You have such a sexy tone of voice.
  8. Stop smiling like that (look, do, say), otherwise I'll undress you right here and attack you.
  9. What do I think of your appearance? Let's just say that if there was a sexuality meter, then next to you it would have exploded from overload a long time ago.
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  3. Thank you for making me happy, I have never experienced such joy and bliss.
  4. I have no idea if there is someone up there who destines people for each other. But if we assume that this is so, then you are definitely my half.
  5. I've never met anyone like you. You are truly special and unique.
  6. Why should I think or dream about the first beauty of the world if I have you?
  7. I want what we have between us to last a very, very long time. No not like this. I want it to be forever and with you.
  8. It is difficult for me to express my feelings for you, because I have never experienced such strong emotions.
  9. Ever since you came into my life, it has become very difficult for me to notice anyone else. And now, apart from you, there is no one in my world at all.
  10. Well, what have you done? I can’t work, I can’t have fun, I’m not myself with friends either. Why? Yes, because I only think about you.

5. Tenderness.

  1. You are so fragile and tender that you want to constantly carry it in your arms and protect you from everything bad.
  2. I don't want to let you go there alone, in case someone steals such a treasure!
  3. I want to fall asleep and wake up with you, see your sleepy face every morning and wake you up with kisses.
  4. I know you're an independent adult, but I can't help myself. I want to take care of you all the time.
  5. Dear, dear, the best, you are my joy and inspiration.
  6. Can I hug you and never let you go? Seriously, letting go of you is getting harder every time.
  7. Let me tuck that naughty curl behind my ear. No, no, it suits you very well and looks nice. I just wanted to touch you.
  8. I'm afraid of doing something wrong. Your vulnerability and sensuality make you so fragile, but so tender, feminine and beautiful.
  9. I don't mean to be intrusive, but your fingers and sugar lips are so sweet that I want to kiss them all the time.
  10. Every time you are around, I have the feeling that the whole world becomes more colorful and amazing.

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6. Comic.

  1. I look at you and I want to plant forest belts, build residential complexes and educate a whole generation.
  2. You definitely have a fever, the temperature is about 40 degrees. No? And how do you intoxicate me then?
  3. I can't do somersaults, but my heart learned when I saw you.
  4. Well, at least you carried a fire extinguisher with you, if you look like that.
  5. Violating, girl? Where is the warning sign “Caution! Causes insomnia, distraction and falling in love”?
  6. As a child, he dreamed of becoming a pirate. It seems to have become. He drank rum, let go of his beard, sailed on a ship, now he has found a treasure.
  7. They say you should take only the best from life. So I'm taking you.
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  9. You just smiled, and my brain capitulated.
  10. A friend told me that his girlfriend is the best in the whole world. I look at you and think - he is lying, an infection.

7. Habits.

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  3. I love it when you start biting (licking) your lips unconsciously. It's so sexy.
  4. Stretching like a cat. So I want to stroke.
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  9. I find comfort in the way you stroke my head (look at me, hug me, kiss me) when I'm upset. Thank you.
  10. Have you seen your facial expression when you are happy (excited, serious, confused)? How can you not fall in love?

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8. Its impact.

  1. Thanks to you, I want to be better, stronger, more successful.
  2. Your encouragement makes me feel like I can move mountains.
  3. I'm really happy with you. And this is entirely your merit.
  4. Your words always inspire me and increase my self-confidence.
  5. My life really got a lot better after I met you.
  6. I am not the most reserved (open, determined, accurate) person. But your presence makes me change for the better.
  7. What would I do without your advice (golden hands, help, borscht)?
  8. When it is difficult for me, I remember that you are always there and love me, and it becomes much easier for me.
  9. Thank you for taking care of me. It's nice and very important to me.
  10. You alone know how to make me laugh (rethink something, see the positive, keep fighting).

9. Hobbies.

  1. Do you draw (sew clothes, do hand-made)? You must have amazing taste and sense of style.
  2. Are you dancing? I hope you show me someday. I'm sure you move very nicely.
  3. Eat? I was just thinking what a beautiful and melodic voice you have.
  4. Do you like helping people? It is very pleasant to realize that I met such a kind and sympathetic girl.
  5. Do you like spending time with your friends? Perhaps you are the soul of the company. It is really interesting to communicate with you.
  6. Do you play a musical instrument? I'm sure you have perfect hearing. Yes, and such fingers can create only the most beautiful sounds - 100%. Will you play sometime?
  7. Do you play sports? You didn't even have to talk about it, your figure said everything for you.
  8. Do you write poetry (prose, plays)? Then you definitely have a very good imagination. I don't know how to compose. You are an amazing girl.
  9. Do you read a lot? Do you recommend anything? For some reason, I think that you will immediately guess the book that I will like.

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