How to dance achy breaky heart
Line dancing: good for that achy breaky heart
By Dorene Internicola, Reuters Life!
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - Prefer your fitness with a dose of country?
Adam Herbel, a.k.a. the Dancing Cowboy, leads a line dancing session at Santa Clara Convention Center, Santa Clara, California, in this 2010 handout photo. Herbel teaches country line dancing at The Rodeo Club in San Jose, California. He said some come for the exercise, some for the music and atmosphere. Though deeply rooted in Irish and German folk traditions, line dancing was off most urban grids until 1992 when Billy Ray Cyrus, father of teen idol Miley, stomped upon the stage with his megahit "Achy Breaky Heart." Today line dancing is a worldwide phenomenon. Devotees have formed organizations as far away as Singapore and Australia. REUTERS/El Camino Day of Dance/Handout
If you’re hankering to move with cowboy attitude, experts say line dancing could be the ideal workout. Even if you’ve never moseyed into a country bar or felt particularly at home on the range.
“Line dancing is exercise for people who like country music,” said fitness instructor Amy Blackburn, “people who might not join a gym because traditional exercise, like treadmills and weight lifting, is either intimidating, or it bores them to death.”
Blackburn, who is based in Nashville, Tennessee, said line dancing is the thing to do on a Saturday night. Her DVD, “Country Line Dance Party,” is an aerobics workout carved from its signature shuffles, kicks and stomps.
“The music’s upbeat. The workout burns calories and strengthens the core, legs, and hamstrings,” she said. “And you can take it down a level to keep it low impact.”
Though deeply rooted in Irish and German folk traditions, line dancing was off most urban grids until 1992 when Billy Ray Cyrus, father of teen idol Miley, stomped upon the stage with his megahit “Achy Breaky Heart.”
Today line dancing is a worldwide phenomenon. Devotees have formed organizations as far away as Singapore and Australia.
Adam Herbel, a.k.a. the Dancing Cowboy, teaches country line dancing at The Rodeo Club in San Jose, California. He said some come for the exercise, some for the music and atmosphere.
“We have a funny thing called redneck aerobics,” said Herbel, described as a series of five or six upbeat line dances strung in a row.
“When the DJ calls out ‘its redneck aerobics,’ everybody knows what’s coming,” he said. “Sometimes the fitness gals will do pretty advanced line dancing.”
Herbel said the dances change from area to area so one song may have 50 different dances to it. Nevertheless, it’s not hard to learn, the music is cheerful and the folks are friendly.
“You can master single line dance in a one hour class,” he said. “It appeals to ladies because you don’t have to have a partner to do it. So I tell the guys, if you want to have a chance at least get out and try.”
Known around the San Francisco Bay area of California as the Queen of Line Dancing, Doris Volz has been dancing since 1992 and teaching seniors since 2003.
“No one knows how many line dancers there are in the world,” said Volz. “There is no way to count.”
Dr. Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, an expert with the American College of Sports Medicine, described line dancing as a “sociable, musical and fun” way to fight inactivity among the elderly.
“With any physical activity, there’s the rule of the third: one-third of people will like it, one-third will hate it, one-third will be indifferent,” said Chodzko-Zajko, professor of Kinesiology at the University of Illinois. “What people find motivating is going to vary with their culture.”
Whether you’re stomping in cowboy boots or running shoes, it’s hard to pout while attempting a classic heel-toe swaying step like the Tush Push, or moving to a tune called “Beer for my Horses.”
“They can teach a line dance to go with just about any upbeat song,” Blackburn said. “People teach different moves, but the Tush Push is universal.”
Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus
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Written by the country songwriter and performer Don Von Tress, this was a remake of a 1991 song by the country act The Marcy Brothers, titled "Don't Tell My Heart." That original version had the lyrics: "Don't tell my heart, my achy, breakin' heart..." >>
David - Long Beach, CA
This song best represents the country music craze in the early '90s. As the audience for "Old Country" artists like Willie Nelson and George Strait waned, younger listeners turned to "New Country," which had slick production and pop melodies.
"Achy Breaky Heart" led the charge, crossing over to Top 40 radio and becoming a huge hit. Purists hated it and blamed Cyrus for desecrating country music, but it led the way for artists like Shania Twain and Faith Hill, who had massive pop success with country songs.
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While the show was running, Miley and Billy Ray released a duet called "Ready, Set, Don't Go," which went to #37 US, giving Billy Ray his first Top 40 since "Achy Breaky." Miley would soon become a media sensation and by far the most famous Cyrus.
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Tell your mama, tell your pa
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