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Victoria's Top Line Dances (And How To Do 'Em)

Don't know if you know this but this week is National Line Dance week! Yes!  A week-long celebration of the songs that break the ice at a wedding or reunion that get people on the dance floor to take part in a group dance. Line Dance week is celebrated every second Monday in September and runs til Saturday.  As a Mobile DJ for many years, I've done every event imaginable - weddings, reunions, birthday parties, Quinceaneras and even a funeral (don't ask). While I didn't play a line dance song at the funeral, at every other event a line dance was performed.  I've been DJing so long I've seen a bunch come and go.  I rarely play the Rolling Stones' "Harlem Shuffle" anymore, but in the mid 90's it was the go-to line dance. And, some really came and went fast...Mississippi Cha Cha anyone? How did it all start? Well, according to the line dance folklore, the "Electric Slide," released in the late 70's, was song that started the craze.  So Crossroads what is the top line dance in the area?  Well, despite all my experience, I decided to ask local DJ JP of JP Productions (aka JP of the JP and Ingra Show on KIXS 108). The regulars were there, but there were a few surprises. So, I've compiled my own list, consulted some other mobile DJs, checked with some professional wedding crashers, talked with some professional dancers and finally have the ultimate line dance list!  Not only that, if you've never bothered to learn these incredible boot-stomping, booty- shaking gems -now is the time.  I've included a little instruction video to help things along. So, this is educational too! Let's dance!


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    Boot Scootin' Boogie - Brooks and Dunn

    Brooks and Dunn's 1991 hit is still a favorite on the dance floor. The dance itself has even been incorporated into other genres of music. At weddings, one of my goals is to entertain and play songs for everyone from 8 to 80.  This song gets the job done.  If you've never learned the "Boot Scootin' Boogie" - shame on you!

  • 2

    The Wobble - V.I.C.

    It's the 2008 song that won't go away.  V.I.C., a rapper who scored a hit the same year with "Get Silly," really hit it big with "The Wobble."  The song is popular with everyone  and works for every occasion with all types of crowds.  Clocking in just over 5 minutes, it's also one of the few song you can't cut off.  People need that last "Wait A Minute Now!" towards the end.

  • 3

    The Cupid Shuffle - Cupid

    In 2007, Louisiana artist Cupid had everyone shuffling across the party dance floor with "The Cupid Shuffle." And, In 2021, Louisiana artist Cupid still has everyone shuffling across the party dance floor with "The Cupid Shuffle."  Sometimes this one is little less harsh than the Wobble to kick the party off, so thank you Cupid! The dance moves aren't that hard either...

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    Copperhead Road - Steve Earle

    Steve Earle's 1988 classic country/rock song about a Vietnam vet has had a long line dance shelf-life. It's bagpipe-y start is a call for all Copperoad-ers hit the dance floor.  This dance works best with boots.

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    Cha Cha Slide - DJ Casper

    There's a lot of directions in the "Cha Cha Slide," but no one seems to mind.  Most people fake the dance moves to you get to the easy "Cha Cha" part.  I've played the dance remix version, but I think the original works best.

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    Footloose- Kenny Loggins/Blake Shelton

    When I discuss this one with JP from JP Productions the biggest questions was...which version do you play? Since about 2015, I've played the twangy Blake Shelton remake from the remake of the movie "Footloose" in 2011.  JP prefers the Loggins classic. Which ever one you hear - they still work.

  • 7

    Macarena - Los Del Rio

    AHHHHH Macarena! This was THE line dance of the mid 90s, but despite fading a bit in the early 2000s, the Macarena still works in the '20.  I usually say at holiday parties, "This may be your only chance to do the Macarena this year." This usually gets people up on the dance floor...AHHHHH Macarena!

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    Bunny Hop - The Entourage

    Back in 2003, when the "Bunny Hop" was released, I was at radio station where we did a Bunny Hop Til You Drop contest.  With the easy steps and mid tempo beat of the song, people bunny hopped for a long time. If you haven't done this one in awhile...check out the video...

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    Achy Breaky Heart - Billy Ray Cyrus

    The first big hit for Billy Ray Cyrus was also a big line dance.  How big?! Big enough to make our list.  That's pretty big.  I think Billy Ray's mullet was a big selling point. And, the dance is pretty simple...

  • 10

    Return of Mack - Mark Morrison

    JP (from JP Productions) informed me that one of my favorite songs from the 90s is a line dance here in the Crossroads!  Count me in! I'm going to watch the video to learn right now!

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97 Best Line Dance Songs For Wedding (2022 Group Dances)

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If you want to treat your wedding guests to a great time, make sure you pick out a few fun line dance songs for your wedding reception. Group dances are a great way to get all of your friends and family on the dance floor at the same time.

If you need help choosing the best wedding line dance songs, we’ve got you covered!

Here is what we cover in this article:

  • Popular group dances (including the newest line dances)
  • Most popular country line dances for your wedding or party
  • Group dances for the whole family
  • Group dance songs like like Cupid Shuffle
  • Hip hop, r&b, and pop line dance songs
  • Top 10 line dancing songs
  • Best sing-along wedding songs for groups
  • How to learn line dances and group dances for weddings or parties
Doing the Y.M.C.A dance a wedding reception

Popular group dances for your wedding reception (including new line dance songs)

These are the group line dance songs that are a staple at almost any wedding we plan or photograph. There are many more song choices in the other lists on this page, so check those out if you are looking for something a little more unique. The songs in this list are the most common.

  • Cha-Cha Slide” by Mr. C The Slide Man
  • Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid
  • Fancy Like” by Walker Haynes (A new TikTok dance craze. Learn how to do the Fancy Like dance in this YouTube video). Once you learn the moves, you can follow along here.
  • Wobble” by V.I.C.
  • The Git Up” by Blanco Brown (This is the step to the left step to the right dance song)
  • Y.M.C.A.” by The Village People (Learn the Y.M.C.A. dance moves here)
  • Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex (Learn the Cotton Eye Joe line dance moves right here)
  • C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)” by Quad City DJ’s (for all of you conga line lovers)
  • Shout” by Otis Day & The Knights (or this version from The Isley Brothers)

What are the most popular country line dances (songs) for a wedding or dance party?

If you are looking for a few country-line dance songs to include at your wedding reception or a dance party, we have some of the top choices for you.

Here are some of the best country line dance songs:

  • The Git Up” by Blanco Brown (Learn how to do The Git Up dance moves)
  • Copperhead Road” by Steve Earle (Learn the Copperhead Road line dance here)
  • Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X Featuring Billy Ray Cyrus (Learn the Old Town Road dance moves here)
  • Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex
  • Boot Scootin’ Boogie” by Brooks & Dunn (Learn the Boot Scootin’ Boogie line dance here)
  • Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus
  • Any Man of Mine” by Shania Twain
  • Chattahoochee” by Alan Jackson (The Chattahoochee line dance)
  • Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker
  • Watermelon Crawl” by Tracy Byrd (Learn the Watermelon Crawl line dance here)
  • Fancy Like” by Walker Haynes (TikTok craze. Learn how to do the Fancy Like dance in this awesome YouTube video). Once you know the dance moves, you can follow along here.
  • Two Step” by Laura Bell Bundy feat. Colt Ford (The Two-Step line dance)
  • Good Time” by Alan Jackson
  • I’m From The Country” by Tracy Byrd
  • Baby Likes to Rock It” by The Tractors
  • Man! I Feel Like A Woman” by Shania Twain
  • Indian Outlaw” by Tim McGraw
  • Louisiana Saturday Night” by Mel McDaniel
  • Down in Mississippi” by Sugarland
  • Country Girl (Shake It For Me)” by Luke Bryan (Learn the line dance here)
  • Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” by Big & Rich
  • Honky Tonk Badonkadonk” by Trace Adkins
  • Do the Lasso” by Justin Champagne (The TikTok dance compliation)

For even more country music ideas, check out this article we recently posted: 470 Best Country Wedding Songs.

The Cha Cha Slide is the most popular wedding line dance song for your reception. It’s perfect for large groups or smaller events.

Fun family dance songs for your wedding reception or anniversary party

Not all group dance songs have to be line dances. Sometimes, you simply might want to get all of your family and friends on the dance floor to have a great time.

We reached out to our readers and multiple DJs and asked for recommendations for a few great group dance songs. Here are some of the songs that received multiple votes:

  • We Are Family” by Sister Sledge
  • Shout” by The Isley Brother (or this version by Otis Day & The Knights from the movie Animal House)
  • Twist and Shout” by The Beatles
  • “The Twist” by Chubby Checker (Learn The Twist dance here)
  • Staylin’ Alive” by Bee Gees
  • Thriller” by Michael Jackson
  • C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)” by Quad City DJ’s (This is the song you want your DJ to play if you want everyone to join a long conga line)
  • Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
  • Jerusalema” by Master KG (We love seeing everyone around the world doing this dance together. It is very moving and so powerful. Check out the video on YouTube). You can learn to do the dance here on YouTube.
  • The Time Warp” From The Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • Born To Hand Jive” by Sha Na Na (From the hit movie Grease)
  • Limbo Rock” by Chubby Checker
  • Y.M.C.A” by The Village People
  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers
  • You Should Be Dancing” by Bee Gees (To learn the step by step dance moves, check out this tutorial for beginners. Once you learn all of the moves you can follow along here.
  • The Hustle” by Van McCoy
  • Mambo No. 5” by Lou Bega
  • Footloose” by Kenny Loggins
Everybody cut Footloose!
  • It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls
  • (I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” by Bill Medley & Jennifer Warnes (There are always a few people who try to do the big lift from Dirty Dancing, and it always makes for great photos!)This couple did the entire dance routine for their first dance and even pulled off the big lift.
  • Baby Shark Dance” by Pinkfong (We have seen this played at a few different weddings and the dance floor was packed with people doing the baby shark dance. It was aboslutely hilarious! Make sure you ask your DJ to play the party remix)
  • Mony Mony” by Billy Idol
  • The Hokey Pokey” by Ray Anthony
  • The Chicken Dance” by The Emeralds
  • Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson
  • The Locomotion” by Little Eva
  • Conga” by Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine
  • You’re The One That I Want” by John Travolta, Olivia Newton-John, and the cast of Grease (Check bottom of this article to learn this dance, step-by-step)
  • Grease Lightnin’” by John Travolta
  • (Check bottom of this article to learn this dance, step-by-step)
  • We Go Together” by The cast of Grease
  • (Check bottom of this article to learn this dance, step-by-step)

For even more music ideas for your wedding reception, check out this article we recently posted: 197 Best Wedding Reception Dance Songs.

The limbo is a really fun group dance for weddings. How low can you go?

What are some other group dance songs like cupid shuffle?

If you’re looking for group dance songs like Cupid Shuffle (where everyone on the dance floor is doing the exact same thing at the same time), here are the songs that you will most likely hear at every wedding or dance party:

  • Cha-Cha Slide Part 2” by Mr. C The Slide Man
  • Electric Boogie (The Electric Slide)” by Marcia Griffiths (Learn the Electric Slide dance moves here and here)
  • Wobble” by V.I.C.
  • The Git Up” by Blanco Brown (Learn to do the Git Up Dance)
  • Y.M.C.A.” by The Village People
  • Macarena” by Los Del Rio (Learn how to do the Macarena dance moves right here)

Fun hip hop, r&b, and pop line dance songs

If you are looking for some great hip hop songs to get everyone dancing and doing the same dance moves, here are a few of our favorite songs to consider for your wedding reception or dance party:

  • Gangnam Style” by Psy (Learn the dance moves to Gangnam Style)
  • Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” by Silentó (Learn the dance moves for Watch Me Whip/Nae Nae)
  • Teach Me How to Dougie” by Cali Swag District (Learn how to do the Teach Me How To Dougie dance)
  • Harlem Shake” by Baauer
  • “Apache (Jump On It)” by The Sugarhill Gang (Check out Will and Carlton doing the dance on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air)
  • Con Calma” by Daddy Yankee & Snow
  • Crank That (Soulja Boy)” by Soulja Boy
  • The Bird” by Morris Day and The Time
  • Bye Bye Bye” by *NSYNC (To learn the dance moves for Bye Bye Bye, check out this tutorial. Once you know the dance moves, follow along here.
  • Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by Backstreet Boys (Learn the dance steps here, and then put it all together and follow along here)
  • Motownphilly” by Boyz ll Men
  • Every Little Step” by Bobby Brown
  • Toosie Slide” by Drake
  • Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke (ft. T.I. & Pharrell)
  • Tootsee Roll” by 69 Boyz
  • WAP” by Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion
  • Same Ole 2step” by Ent. Distrikt
  • Walk It Out” by Unk
  • Stanky Legg” by GS Boyz
  • The Bikers Shuffle Line Dance” by Big Mucci
  • Da’ Butt” by E.U.
  • Forever” by Chris Brown
  • Vida Loca” by Black Eyed Peas, Nicky Jam, and Tyga
  • The Cleveland Shuffle Line Dance” by Big Mucci
  • Jungle Love” by Morris Day and The Time
  • The Percolater” by Green Velvet
  • Jump Around” by House of Pain (Play this song and we garuntee that your entire dance floor will be jumping up and down when it it’s the “Jump! Jump! Jump! Everybody Jump!” part of the song)
The Macarena is always a hit with wedding guests on the dance floor

What are the top 10 line dancing songs (group dance songs)?

We asked our readers and 20 different wedding DJs what their favorite (or most requested) group line dance was.

Here are the top 10 winners from the poll:

  1. Cha Cha Slide Part 2” by Mr. C The Slide Man
  2. Shout” by The Isley Brothers (or this version from Otis Day & The Knights)
  3. Cupid Shuffle” by Cupid
  4. The Git Up” by Blanco Brown (Learn to do the Git Up dance moves in this awesome YouTube video)
  5. Electric Boogie (The Electric Slide)” by Marcia Griffiths
  6. Cotton Eye Joe” by Rednex
  7. Macarena” by Los Del Rio
  8. Wobble” by V.I.C.
  9. Y.M.C.A.” by The Village People
  10. The Twist” by Chubby Checker

The best sing-along wedding songs (for groups)

What if line dances are not your style? Just have your DJ play one of these sing-along songs and watch your dance floor turn into a giant party!

  • Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
  • Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
  • You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
  • Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond
  • Take Me Home, Country Roads” by John Denver
  • Sweet Home Alabama” Lynyrd Skynyrd
  • (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)” by The Beastie Boys
  • Love On Top” by Beyoncé
  • I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston
  • Africa” by Toto
  • Piano Man” by Billy Joel
  • Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen
  • Bye Bye Bye” by *NSYNC
  • Party In The U. S.A.” by Miley Cyrus
  • Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” by Backstreet Boys
  • Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band
  • Wannabe” by Spice Girls
  • Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen
  • Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-A-Lot
  • Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift
  • Build Me Up Buttercup” by The Foundations
  • Brown Eyed Girl” by Van Morrison
  • You’re The One That I Want” by John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John (from the hit movie Grease)
  • Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell
  • I’ll Be There For You (Friends theme)” by The Rembrandts
  • I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by The Proclaimers
A group sing-along of “Take Me Home, Country Roads” on the reception dancefloor.

Popular TikTok songs (and dance trends)

TikTok is a great place to go to see some of the newest dance trends. Here are a few from the past year or 2 that we really loved (each link opens up a great TikTok compilation of that specific dance on YouTube):

  • Shuffle (tuzelitydance)” by Meg & Dia (Monster) – LUM!X, Gabry Ponte
  • Lottery (Renegade)” by K Camp
  • Savage” by Megan Thee Stallion
  • Say So” by Doja Cat
  • Blinding Lights” by The Weeknd
  • Savage Love (Laxed – Siren Beat)” by Jawsh 685 and Jason Derulo
  • Attention” by Todrick Hall

How to learn line dances for weddings

We have been to so many weddings where a line dance song comes on and the DJ ends up having to spend half the song trying to teach the dance to everyone.

This is your chance to be prepared for your next wedding or dance party. We have put together a bunch of awesome dance move tutorials for all of your favorite line dance/group dance songs.

How To Do The Cupid Shuffle, Wobble, and Cha Cha Slide

We love this video because she teaches you how to do the Cupid Shuffle, The Wobble, and Cha Cha Slide all in one video (and she does the dance moves in front of a mirror so it’s very easy to follow along and learn these dance moves easily) Note: if the video does play directly from this post, you can watch it on YouTube right here

The video below is the dance moves along with the music for each song. If you want the beginner dance steps (she teaches them better than anyone), check out this video first.

If you want the individual dance move lessons from each of those songs, here they are:

  • Learn how to do The Cupid Shuffle dance moves.
  • Learn how to do The Wobble dance moves.
  • Learn how to do The Cha Cha Slide dance moves.

And if you need a little more help, here are a couple more tutorial videos for The Cupid Shuffle and The Cha Cha Slide:

  • The Cupid Shuffle dance moves tutorial
  • The Cha Cha Slide dance moves tutorial

Learn the Git Up Dance Moves

The Git Up is a really fun dance to do at any wedding or party.

To learn the basic moves of the Git Up dance, check out this video on YouTube (this is a great tutorial for beginners).

Once you have learned the moves, follow along with the video/music below:

If you want another Git Up dance tutorial, this is a great one to check out.

How To Do The Wobble Dance

The Wobble is played at almost every single wedding.

Check out the following videos on YouTube to learn The Wobble Dance Moves:

  • Wobble dance moves #1
  • Wobble dance tutorial #2
  • Wobble dance moves tutorial #3

How To Do The Fancy Like Dance

You might be wondering, what is this new Fancy Like dance, and how do I do it.

It’s a new dance that has been spreading all over TikTok (and now weddings and dance parties). to learn the dance moves, step by step, check out this great tutorial for beginners.

After that, you can put it all together and follow along with this video (If the video below does not play from this screen, you can simply see it here on YouTube):

Learn the Thriller Dance (Step by Step)

Here is an awesome Thriller dance tutorial for beginners: The Thriller Dance taught to you step by step.

Once you learn all of the Michael Jackson Thriller dance moves, you can put it all together and follow along in this video (I love that she does these instructions and dances in the mirror. It makes it so easy to follow along): Thriller dance moves with the music.

How To Do The Grease (John Travolta) Dance Moves (You’re The One That I Want, Grease Lightnin’, and We go Together)

Here are some fantastic dance move tutorials (for beginners) for all of your favorite songs from the movie Grease.

  • Learn how to do the dance moves from You’re The One That I Want.
  • Grease Lightnin’ dance moves (how to)
  • Learn the We Go Together dance moves

Once you know all of the moves, follow along with the video and music below (if it is not viewable on your device, you can simply watch it on YouTube here):

Learn The Cotton Eye Joe Line Dance Moves (Fun Tutorial)

The Cotton Eye Joe Dance is a staple at most weddings. If you want to learn all of the moves to the Cotton Eye Joe line dance, we’ve got you covered!

Check out the video below to learn the dance moves (you can watch the video on YouTube right here if the video below does not play in this window):

The Time Warp Dance Steps

Learn how to do The Time Warp (step by step) right here.

Then put it all together and dance along to this awesome dance lesson.

Learn The Footloose Dance

The Footloose is one of those feel-good dances that you can put to good use at every wedding or party you attend.

Learn the Footloose dance moves (step by step) right here.

Once you have learned all of the dance steps, dance along to this final version.

Here are a few more dance move tutorials to some of your favorite songs:

  • Dance move tutorial for The Macarena
  • How to do the dance moves for Gangnam Style
  • Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae) dance moves tutorial
  • Teach Me How To Dougie dance moves (how to)
  • Learn The Electric Slide

Make sure you check out our blog each week. We post new wedding planning tips 1-2 times per week.


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In practice, there are no "recipes" for success, since each person has his own abilities, his own resources, his own desire, his own concept of success. Any habits that these or those accomplished personalities were famous for should be considered as examples on the basis of which one can draw conclusions and make a choice for oneself. nine0003

So, here are all these business habits:

The first habit is good planning. Many people either do not make plans at all, or make very rigid plans, which they still have to give up. It is necessary to find a compromise in this matter - to make plans, but build them flexibly so that they counteract apathy, but do not contradict reality. The level of flexibility is selected individually.

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The third habit is the right hobby. Weekend hobbies, unlike a career, are a deep reflection of a person's inner interests and desires. Therefore, the selection of interesting hobbies that contribute to the comprehensive development may well help in business.

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The fifth habit is meditation. It is believed that almost any person needs some time to "communicate" with himself, thinking about current affairs in a one-on-one format. For this, meditation is carried out - a respite between chores, carried out in a calm and quiet environment.

The sixth habit - physical activity. Sports do not have to be professional - competent physical activity is a good compliment to intellectual work. Visiting a fitness club on a regular basis is one of the types of manifestations of physical activity. It is important to take care of your body and keep it in shape. For example, in a fitness club in Myfitelite in the town of Ivanteevka near Moscow, many successful and business people regularly work out. Looking at their website you will understand why they train there regularly. nine0003

So, we have looked at six typical habits of business and successful people. Which of them do you have?

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United States America brought to the world choreographic evolution of two artistic elements: "free" dance of Isadora Duncan and african american jazz dance. The latter was brought by blacks - slaves from Africa, but historically developed and evolved in the USA. artistic feature of jazz dance is perfect freedom of movement of the whole body of the dancer and individual parts of the body, both horizontally, and vertically space. Jazz dance is first of all, the embodiment of emotions dancer, this is a dance of sensations, not of form or ideas, as it happens in modern dance. nine0003

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AT for three hundred years, from the XVI to XIX century, black slaves were brought from Africa to countries of Latin America and the USA. Having hit to America, they are fast enough restored their holidays and customs. But adapting instead of drums the black population of America used hand clapping and kicking rhythm. If in Africa there are customs, holidays, dance and song rhythms were each tribe has its own, in America they merged into one. nine0003

Simultaneously there was another process. Since the main The US population consisted of Irish, Scottish and English settlers, then the dances of these national cultures were important an integral part of art and Everyday life. These dances can divided into two large groups. To the first belonged to the so-called "country dance", i.e. rural dances, folklore and performed by a group or duet. Irish dances "Jig" and "Clog" were performed in special wooden shoes, with with which the rhythm was tapped out. Co. second group of dances popular in this time, belonged to ballroom dancing - minuet in XVIII century, cotillon, country dance, quadrille and gallop in XIX century. nine0003

These two directions cultures - European and Negro - in the New World influenced each to each other and eventually assimilated. Thus, it can be concluded that the origin of jazz dance direction was based on African culture, i.e. rhythms and folk dances, which were superimposed by various layers: ethnic, religious, aesthetic, geopolitical.

In the end XVIII century in the major cities of the liberal The North have sprung up musical shows for white audiences in which white performers wearing black masks and their costumes, imitated African songs and dances. Of course they weren't identical. original, but exoticism and the grotesqueness of such spectacles was good bait for the public. In 1830 at the Louisville Thomas Theater Dart-mund Rais staged a performance in which which was attended by the famous contemporary black dancer William Henry Lane - "Master Juba". It was the first black performer whose name preserved the history of jazz dance. nine0003

Chernykh actors were only allowed on stage after graduating in 1865 from the Civil wars in the USA. However, there were black troupes very few, and to win sympathy white spectators, they had to show himself only in a negatively ironic style, so basically received the development of such genres of stage arts like sketch, vaudeville and comedy. It was in these genres that he began to develop jazz dance as a theatrical dance, constituting a single whole with singing and music. This path of development led to the XX century to the appearance of such a typical American genre, like a musical. nine0003

The only one for black performer opportunity get on stage was involved in dance competitions that had huge popularity at the time. Favorite competitive dances were Jig and Keiku-ok. First was a solo dance, the second was a pair dance. Often the dancers held on their heads a glass of water, and white spectators concluded bet which of the dancers at the end there will be more competition water.

Although black performers have access to professional scene, however there was an opinion that the "black" dance are separate, illogical and inept movement. Over time and white dancers began to understand charm and the complexity of the dance in this direction. One of the first Negro performers dance became George Primrose, creative whose career began in 1867. nine0003

"Black" dance remained a priority in the representations "minstrel theater", gradually turned into magnificent shows. In 1880 James MacArthur was the first to use in their dance shows technique of black performers. Approximately Born at the same time in New Orleans and jazz music.

Since the 90s until the end of World War II the next stage in the development of jazz dance as a special technique, with its own school, a certain lexical module and movement system. It was at this time jazz dance renders tremendous influence not only on theatrical and household dance, but also to the ballet theater. Genre nature of jazz dance becomes less and less obvious. Mutual influence of "black" and "white" the dance is increasing, is lost folklore character of the dance. All this and causes the selection of jazz dance into a separate direction of dance technology. nine0003

Between 1890 and 1916 the real the explosion of the popularity of "black" dances and in the field of everyday dance. They are dancing throughout the New and Old Worlds. "Charleston", "Black Botton", "Two-step", "BigApple", Chicken Stretch, Drag, Shimmy, Congo, "Funky Bat" succeeded each other with incredible speed. To the same time refers to the appearance of the word jazz and jazz dance. This word comes from many roots, but researchers tend to it was used by blacks and how noun and as a verb. As noun it translates as "strength, impetuosity, ecstasy." And as verb - "to excite, activate, to excite". nine0003

1917-1930 - peak development of jazz dance. "Black" dance and music became indispensable part of musical performances Broadway and Harlem. Outstanding performers of the time - Bill Robinson, Bert Williams, Beck and Babols were in the center all musical performances in "black" variety show of Harlem - the capital Negro Art and Culture, whose history began in 1920.

From the Shuffle Elong show (1921) began the tradition of "black" revues on Broadway. Many shows have traveled and through the cities of Europe, introducing the public Old world with new directions dance and music. Al Taner, Avon Long, Elvis Witman - these names were not familiar only to US viewers, but also in many countries of Europe. At 1922 on Broadway already three "black" musicals were staged: "Miss Lizzy's Start", "Planstein Revue" and "Liza".

jazz dance, having passed the way from everyday, folklore dance through stage, theater dance, gradually became special kind of dance art. He gradually captures the whole of Europe. AT shows and musical performances shone "Black Venus" - Josephine Baker ("Chocolate dandy"), Bill Jungles Robinson - best tap performer and others.

In the 1930s, interest to jazz dance fades somewhat. This is due to the fact that "black" art it was purely entertaining. Many choreographers tried to create language jazz dance more serious on the topic works, but these attempts are not have always been successful. nine0003

In 1931 Hemsley Winfield founded the Negro Theater Arts”, whose prima ballerina was Edna Gay. She tried to dance spirituals and created a new style of dance, united African plasticity and achievements of modern dance.

In 1933 Doris Humphrey created the choreography of the Negro opera "Run, little children." It was the first attempt to create a serious work based on Negro art.

Genuine Success brought the production in 1935 of the opera by J. Gershwin "Porgy and Bess". Although the role choreography in this performance was limited, he had a huge impact not only for musicians, but also for choreographers who in their work began to turn to the "black" theme. nine0003

But most famous choreographer, dancer, writer, ethnographer and anthropologist was Katherine Dunham, a person who jazz dance owes its theory and methodology. Having deeply studied the history and specifically African folk dances, she included their elements into their choreography. Can be sure to state the exact date transformation of "black" dance into stage art. It is April 18, 1940, when Katherine Dunham presented in New York his first jazz production Tropics and Hot Jazz" subtitled "From Haiti to Harlem. The content of the performance was the path of "black" jazz dance from the West Indies, New Orleans and to Harlem. This ballet brought fame not only to Katherine, but also to the speakers for the first time on Broadway to dancers (and in further and choreographers) Archie Savadt and Telly Beatty. In the same year took place another premiere - Negro the musical "Cabin in the Air" with Ethel Waters and Katherine Dunham in the lead roles. Then Dunham's work in Hollywood, and in nineteen43 again Broadway production - Tropical Revue. With the Dunham Troupe grew up such famous dancers, as Lavinia Williams, Archie Savadt, Telly Beatty, Jean-Leon Dustin and Walter Nike. AT Dunham opened a school in New York in 1945 where she experimented in the field methods and theories of teaching jazz dance.

Among the great dancers and choreographers of the 40s - Pearl Primus. In her work, she deepened in the history of "black" dance. Ardent adversary shows and revues, in her productions she involved serious political questions. "Strange fruit" is a problem lynchings, "Hard Times" is a problem living conditions for blacks in the South, Market slaves" - the attitude towards the black population. nine0003

In 1950 a student Dunham Telly Beatty performed on his own as a choreographer. The most famous his production is “The Path of the Phoebe Train Snow." From 1959 to the present, this performance is part of the repertoire Alvin Ailey Troupe. For this troupe 1968 Telly Beatty created the play "Black belt".

Huge the role jazz dance played in history musical development. In the 30s and 40s, there the process of artistic evolution of the musical. Its subject matter is diversified. increasing choreographic richness his means of expression. Directors performances become famous and talented choreographers: J. Balanchine, X. Holm, A. deMille, J. Robbins. nine0003

In the 50s and 60s, with emergence of young talented choreographers - G. Champion, M. Kidd, B. Foss, G. Ross and others, detailed choreographic action has become the artistic basis of the performance, and dance is a means of expressing the psychological the world of the heroes of the play, their motivation actions, a means of recreating unique artistic atmosphere.

By the end of the 60s jazz dance has firmly taken its place in a number of areas of modern choreography. Its application was quite wide: household dance, theatrical dance, dance cinema, and, finally, purely choreographic performances created in the language of jazz dance. Being an "open" system, jazz dance in its quest turns to means of expression other systems and directions of dance, incorporating achievements, open modern dance, classical dance, folk choreography and others areas of dance art. As a result, the process of merging main schools of modern choreography and a new artistic phenomenon arose - modern jazz dance. nine0003

Lecture No. 2

Basic terms contemporary choreography.



ARCH - arch, back deflection of the torso.




BODY ROLL - torso tilt group associated with alternately moving the center of the body in the lateral or frontal plane (synonymous with "wave").

BOUNCE - trampoline rocking up and down, in mainly occurs either through flexion and extension of the knees, or pulsating torso.


BRUCH - sliding or smearing the whole foot along floor before opening the leg into the air or when closing into position. nine0003



CATCH STEP - step on place without promotion.




CONTRACTION - compression, reduction of the body volume and rounding of the spine in the center of the pelvis, gradually capturing the entire spine, performed on the exhale. nine0003


CORKSCREW TURN - "corkscrew" turns, in which performer raises or lowers rotation level.


CURVE - curvature of the upper spine (to the "solar plexus") forward or to the side.

DEEP nine0039 BODY BEND - forward torso tilt below 90°, maintaining a straight line of the torso and arms.

DEEP CONTRACTION - strong compression to the center of the body, in which all joints are involved, i.e. in it movement includes arms, legs and head.


DROP - falling of the relaxed torso forward or to the side.

nine0038 FAN KICK

FINGER FAN click fingers, starting with the little finger.

FLAT BACK - torso tilt forward, to the side (on 90°), back with a straight back, no bend torso.

FLAT STEP - a step in which the entire foot simultaneously is placed on the floor.

FLEX - reduced foot, hand or knees.

FROG - POSITION - sitting position in which bent in knees feet touching each other feet, knees should be as much as possible opened to the sides.


HIGH RELEASE - high expansion, movement consisting from lifting the chest with a slight bend back. nine0003

HINGE - the position of the dancer, in which the straight, without bends, the torso leans back to the maximum distance, knees bent, feet on half toes.

HITCH KICK PAS DE CHAT jump, imitating cat jump.


HIP LIFT - climb hips up.

nine0038 NOR - jump from one foot to one, "working" the leg is often in the "at" position. knees."



JACK KNIFE - the position of the body in which the torso leaning forward, back straight, support on hands, knees extended, legs in second parallel position, heel not come off the floor.

JAZZ HAND - the position of the hand, in which the fingers tense and spread apart.


JELLY ROLL - pelvis movement, consisting of small co muscle contractions with small turn at the same time pelvis right- to the left (synonym - shake pelvis.)

JERK - POSITION - hand position in which the elbows are bent and are slightly retracted behind the chest cage, forearms are located parallel to the floor. nine0003

JUMP - jump on two legs.


KICK - throw the leg forward or to the side on 45° or 90° via pull-out developpe .

LAY OUT - a position in which the leg, open 90° to the side or back, and the torso is one straight line.

nine0038 LEAP - Jumping from one foot to the other moving forward or sideways.

LOCOMOTOR - circular motion bent at the elbows arms along the torso.

LOW BACK - rounding of the spine thoracic region.

PERCH - jerk


nine0038 PIVOT

POINT - extended position of the foot.

POINT STEP – toe step

PRANCE – movement to develop mobility foot, consisting of a quick change semi-finger positions u point .

PRESS - POSITION - the position of the arms, in which bent in elbows hands palms touch the hips front or side. nine0003


RELEASE - expansion of the volume of the body, which takes place on inspiration.

RILL STEP – heel step

ROLL DOWN - spiral twisting down and forward, starting from the head.

ROLL UP - the reverse movement associated with gradual expansion and straightening the torso to the starting position. nine0003


SHIMMI - spiral, swirling movement pelvis right and left.



SIDE STRETCH - lateral torso stretch, tilt torso to the right or left.


SQUARE — four steps in a square: forward-in side - back - side. nine0003


STEP BALL CHANGE - connecting step, consisting of a step in side or forward and two steps on half toes (synonym step pa de bouree ).





SUNDARI - movement of the head displacement of the cervical vertebrae to the right-left and back and forth.



SWING rocking any part of the body (arm, leg, head, torso) in a special jazz rhythm. (Kinds: flat back nine0039 swing , roll swing , release swing ).


THRUST - a sharp jerk of the chest or pelvis forward, to the side or back.

TILT - angle, posture in which the torso deviates to the side or forward of the vertical position, the "working" leg can be open in opposite direction at 90° and above.


TOUCH attached step or half-toe step without transfer body gravity.






Lecture No. 3

Classification positions of arms and legs in jazz dance.

nine0042 Hand positions:









Hand positions Lester Horton (Egyptian positions) , V - POSITION , L POSITION , nine0039 S POSITION

Hand positions and brushes:








Positions and leg and foot positions:



jazz HAND

finger FAN




Leg positions in modern choreography are similar classical dance, but they can transform and subdivide to:

1. Parallel

2. Perpendicular




For the foot there are movement:





Lecture No. 4

nine0042 Basic dance steps in jazz dance. Basic types of jumps and spins.

Species steps :

camel WALK



crap WINE

flat STEP


rill STEP







corkscrew TURN



nine0038 PENCIL TURN



Jumping :

frog JUMP

hitch KICK






nine0038 SPLIT LEAP

Lecture No. 5

Fundamentals torso.


body ROLL


flat BACK

jack KNIFE

Curves Torso :






low BACK






Movements for whole body development:







lay OUT






Movements for lower body development:




jelly ROLL



Twisting Torso:



Lecture No. 6

Principles of movement, borrowed from jazz dance

When analyzing African Folk Dance Katherine Dunham identified the following technical features of this style:

1. Usage in the collapse pose dance.

2. Active movement of the performer in space, both horizontally and vertically.

3. Isolated movements of various parts of the body. nine0003

4. Usage rhythmically complex and syncopated movements.

5. Polyrhythm of dance.

6. Combination and interpenetration music and dance.

7.Customized improvisations in the general dance.

8. Functionalism dance.

This the concept of nothing to do with medical does not have a term. It is about a kind holding the body when there is no tension and stretch upwards. body is free and relaxed, his curves a little exaggerated, knees bent, torso and head slightly tilted forward. Main difference between jazz dance, modern dance and classical ballet, first of all, lies in holding the spine. If in classical ballet spine is the axis of the whole body, the axis of rotation and jump, and there is even a special the term "put your back", then in jazz dance is diametrically opposed The spine is soft and relaxed. In modern dance, the spine, as in classical dance, is the axis movement, but this axis is not always directed strictly vertical, and very often bends and rotates in various departments. At voltage the movement of individual centers is impossible, for example, sang the vis or chest, while with sufficient relaxation such movements are possible. The main task teacher at the first stage of training - achieve sufficient freedom of the spine, to make movements of various parts. But at the same time the body must be tight enough to move were energetic. Ability to distribute tension in the spine is called relaxation. Voltage distribution and relaxation are the foundations of jazz technique dance. nine0003

Isolation and polycentre

AT African dance, the body, as it were, consists from separate parts-centers: this is the head and neck, shoulder girdle, chest, pelvis (hip part), arms and legs. Because the arms and legs are made up of individual joints: in the hand - a brush, forearm, in the leg - foot and ankle, then these parts of the centers, which are called ranges, can also be isolated and perform movements regardless of other centres. These centers can spatially and rhythmically independently move, that's what creates the polycentric movement. Every part of the body, or every center, has its own field tension and your own center movement. In their movement isolated centers can be combined with each other (to be coordinated). When moving 2 centers at the same time we are talking about bicentria, 3-tricentria, when moving all centers are polycentric. polycentric is the fundamental principle dance technique. In order to make it real dance, there is a technique, which is called isolation implies that every part of the body, center, moves independently of the other parts. This, at first glance, simple the task is quite difficult for a beginner dancer, as according to the anatomical to the features of our body, all centers closely related, and movement, e. g. head naturally evokes tension in the shoulder girdle or in chest. However, isolation is the main technique from which Jazz dance begins. nine0003


In jazz dance centers can move not only in various spatial directions, but and in various rhythmic patterns, metrically independent of each other.

Polyrhythm closely associated with music. African folklore dances accompany exclusively percussion instruments. Often used multiple instruments, each which leads its own rhythm. Contemporary music in particular jazzy, monometric in its structure, i.e. the imposition of various rhythmic drawings do not occur, however, during improvisation of an instrument on the main, basic rhythm is superimposed improvisation rhythm. This leads to the emergence of such a musical concept, like a swing, i.e. a certain pulsation the basic rhythm associated with displacement melodic pattern and rhythmic the basis of the work. This is what displacement cannot be fixed musical notation, but it greatly influences to a dance move that performed to swing music so the dancer must feel his body musical swing and try put it into motion. Hence and appears not only musical, but also swing dance concept. In dance this concept means swinging, any motor-rhythmic movement part of the body or the whole body. Swing in motion must be performed before everything, free, unstressed body or a separate part of our body (hand, foot, head, pelvis). In this movement, the main task is feel the weight of the body or part of it and move freely up and down back and forth or side to side. Swing movements of the body especially help to relax the spine and relieve excessive tension. nine0003

An example polyrhythmic movement is a drummer who simultaneously hands and with his feet creates a variety of rhythms and often sings.

All of the above applies to other genres of music, used to create choreographic works. contemporary music, not jazz only, mostly very complex in rhythmic structure. special cause difficulty for the performer odd sizes that are unusual for the aesthetics of classical ballet. This requires careful attention to development of rhythmic perception in students.

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