How to learn country line dancing

20 Beginner Line Dances You Need to Know! – Country Dancing Tonight

The Slappin' Leather Line Dance

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The Slappin' Leather Line Dance

Since becoming introduced to the country dance scene a couple of years ago I have found much happiness in learning to dance and over time becoming a better dancer. If you are new to the country bar dance scene, I know how you feel! At first, it is equal parts intrigue and intimidation, exciting and terrifying! But don’t worry it will all work out!

You can divide all the dancing into 2 groups: partner and line dancing, and what follows here is a good round-up of the most popular and easiest beginner line dances out there.

Learn some of these and you’ll be set to get out on the dance floor every time you go out! Starting with the most common and easiest and working down… But all these are very beginner line dances.

Here’s my list of 20 beginner & popular line dances you will encounter: (click on them to pop down to each one).

1. Cupid Shuffle
2. Wobble
3. Electric Slide
4. Power Jam
5. Cowboy Hustle
6. House Party
7. Watermelon Crawl
8. Black Velvet
9. Boot Scootin’ Boogie
10. Two-Step (the line dance-not the partner dance!)

11. Good Time
12. Linda Lu
13. My Maria
14. Rock Me
15. A Little Bit Lit
16. Slapping Leather
17. Outlaw
18. Tush Push
19. Country Girl Shake
20. Ten Step (this is actually not done in lines!)



Cupid Shuffle

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Very Beginner

Choreography: Bernard Bryson (Cupid)
Music: Cupid Shuffle by Cupid

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Cupid Shuffle was choreographed by the singer Cupid and created simultaneously with his song The Cupid Shuffle that was recorded in 2006. When he set out to create it, it was with the exact intention of creating a line dance classic without genre, that everyone could dance to. He came up with the dance in the studio while making up the song.

That is all history! While the song isn’t a country song, this line dance has to be my lead off, since its arguably the most popular and one everyone has danced to (at bars, weddings, schools). It is particularly easy since the lyrics tell you what to do next! “To the right, to the right, to the right, to the right… To the left, to the left, to the left, to the left… Now kick…” so, no excuses, you can do this! But download the step sheet if you are worried!

https://youtu. be/iJH6Ce588McVideo can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: How to Do the Cupid Shuffle | Line Dancing (

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2. Wobble

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Beginner

Choreography: V.I.C. Brentnell
Music: Wobble by V.I.C.

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
The Wobble is another non-country line dance that is about as popular as the Cupid Shuffle. And another line dance created by the musical artist! Its very fun and always a crowd-pleaser. It is very common to see people doing the Wobble at weddings and parties as well as a local country bar where it is sure to get everyone out on the dance floor. The Wobble can get a little long though with the song lasting over 5 minutes. A lot of jumping! can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: How to Do the Wobble | Line Dancing (

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3. Electric Slide

Count: 18Wall: 4Level: Beginner

Choreography: Ric Silver (1976)
Music: Electric Boogie by Marcia Griffiths
(with scores of alternates, including Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus and Fast As You by Dwight Yoakam)
Step Sheet: Click here to download.
While the Electric Slide was originally choreographed in 1976, it was Marcia Griffiths song Electric Boogie that gave it popularity. It was in 1989 when it really took off and for ten years was listed as the number one dance in the world! Today there are many songs used to dance the Electric Slide to. Achy Breaky Heart is a popular go-to at a country bar, but so many others work great. It is simple enough here’s the steps:

1. Grapevine right. Take one step right with your right foot.
2. Grapevine left. Take one step left with your left foot.
3. Rock forward and back with a toe-touch. Step back with your right foot, then bring your left foot to meet it.
4. Quarter-turn left and begin again…

It’s pretty easy (once you know it!). I’ve only known the Electric Slide for a couple of years and I did need a video to get that rock, toe touch, and quarter-turn all timed right. Another great thing about line dancing, especially with an easy one like the Electric Slide is that, as you get good, you can “play” adding in turns, etc. to have fun, make it your own and show-off a little on the dance floor. can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Electric Slide (Line Dance) – Demo & Teach (https://youtu. be/WwFFfWxAWlE)

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4. Power Jam (San Diego Version)

Count: 24Wall: 4Level: Beginner

Choreographer: Lynn Bryant
Music: American Muscle by Canaan Smith
(and countless others!)
Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Power Jam is a pretty common call-out and is aptly named. It’s pretty fast-paced and the slides and heal taps and then the hop at the end that most people do is all great fun. This is a good one to get under your belt and a live band is for sure going to have some songs for it.

There are a couple of slight variations I’ve noticed with Power Jam. Firstly, for the first two heel-taps to the front and toe-taps to the back, most people just do one tap and hold it for the extra beat. Secondly, at the end of the dance instead of the little hop, you can also just stomp the left foot. can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Power Jam (Line Dance) – Demo & Teach (

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5. Cowboy Hustle

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Beginner

Choreographer: Unknown
Music: What the Cowgirls Do by Vince Gill

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Cowboy Hustle is another great fun, fast and easy line dance not too unlike the Power Jam. In fact, I’ve been confused and switched these for each other at times. They both tap out the right heel forward and behind, so watch out for that! Like the Power Jam, Cowboy Hustle can go with many songs and will get called out commonly. can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Cowboy Hustle (Line Dance) – Demo & Teach (

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6. House Party

Count: 24Wall: 4Level: Beginner

Choreographer: Jessica Short and Kerry Kick (2014)
Music: House Party by Sam Hunt

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
House Party is a favorite one at The Ranch in Anaheim and after all, it is co-choreographed by Kerry Kick one of the weekly instructors there. It has a very current feel, danced to Sam Hunt’s song House Party. It feels like a lot of spinning to me since besides two step-turns there are 4 turns and shuffles (to make the four walls of the house!) But its always a fun one with a full floor. During those 4 turns and shuffles people hold up and touch their hands to look like a house, kind of reminds me of YMCA! can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: "House Party" Dance Lesson (

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7. Watermelon Crawl

Count: 40Wall: 4Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Choreographer: Sue Lipscomb
Music: Watermelon Crawl by Tracy Byrd

Step Sheet: Click here to download
Watermelon Crawl is a beginner/intermediate, but is also super common and popular and a lot of fun. One small tip to learning this one that helped me was to just ignore the two 1/2 turns at the end of the dance just wait for everyone to stop turning and you’ll be a little more ready to start the beginning of the dance again with everyone.

The fun part of this dance, of course, is the stepping out to the right and then sliding back. I think that part is supposed to be the watermelon crawl.” And the song, of course, has a good message: “If you drink, don’t drive…do the watermelon crawl.” Click on the video below to see Ranch dance instructor Shelly Graham demo the dance! can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Watermelon Crawl – Line Dance (Demo) (

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8. Black Velvet

Count: 40Wall: 1Level: Beginner

Choreographer: Linda De Ford
Music: Black Velvet by Robin Lee

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Black Velvet is also a very common line dance and while a beginner line dance, this one was pretty intimidating to me at first. This line dance was my first exposure to “contra” line dances. Contra line dances are dances where every other line of dancers is facing the opposite direction, or the lines start facing each other and then move past each other.

It can be a lot of fun since typically there’s a lot of high-fives happening as you glide past your friends. But for the beginner, it looks pretty messed up.

Who do you follow? The people to your left and right are faced opposite you! So, just look to the next row at the person going in your direction and follow them! This ends up being really fun and it actually is pretty easy! Check out the video or download the step sheet to give it a try. can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Black Velvet Line Dance (

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9. Boot Scootin’ Boogie

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Beginner

Choreographer: Tom Mattox & Skippy Blair
Music: Boot Scootin’ Boogie by Brooks & Dunn

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Boot Scootin’ Boogie is actually a line dance not often seen in So. Cal. but is one I wish was. While I’m a recent convert to the country dance scene, I’m a long-time country music fan and I had wondered, “Hey, what about Brooks & Dunn’s Boot Scootin’ Boogie?” I wondered if there was a line dance for a great classic that talks about line dancing! Well, sure enough, there is! In fact on the Copperknob website, there are 3 pages of step sheets to different versions of dances to the song!

If you love Brooks & Dunn as much as me and you want to have this one under your belt. On YouTube Bill Bader’s version is pretty common but in So. Cal. I’ve only seen people dance the Tom Mattox & Skippy Blair version. They both are 32 counts, but this one’s more of a beginner line dance. can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Boot Scootin Boogie (

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Two-Step (line dance)

Count: 16Wall: 4Level: Very Beginner

Choreographer: Robert Royston – Dance Y’All Crew (2013)
Music: Two-Step by Laura Bell Bundy featuring Colt Ford

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
The Two-Step line dance is not to be confused with the Two-Step partner dance! As explained in the video below from “Dancin’ with Patti” this is from the music video by Laura Bell Bundy found on YouTube. With only 16 counts this is a very beginner line dance. Reminds me a little of the Cupid Shuffle.

Fun fact: Robert Royston also more recently choreographed the line dance seen in Midland’s Mr. Lonely music video. So, another music video that people have now learned a line dance from. can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Two Step Teach and Demo (https://youtu. be/xPL9kb0esps)

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11. Good Time

Count: 48Wall: 4Level: Improver

Choreographer: Jenny Cain
Music: Good Time by Alan Jackson

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Good Time, you’ll notice is actually not considered a beginner line dance! But it is very common and if you stick with it I think you’ll get it down pretty quick. The highlight to me is the toe-taps & rolling grapevines, first to right and then repeated (mirrored to the left).

Fun fact: In Alan Jackson’s music video of Good Time it shows him singing out on the road and trying to set the record for the longest line dance. 22 miles long it says at one point! There are different opinions about whether it’s true or not, some say it was a real honest attempt, but falls short of the actual record set in China. Please leave a comment if you know the real facts! can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Good Time line dance (

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12. Linda Lu

Count: 48Wall: 4Level: Improver

Choreographer: Neil Hale
Music: Linda Lu by Ricky Van Shelton

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Linda Lu is also another super common line dance called out and at 48 counts is aptly called by Copperknob an upper-beginner/intermediate line dance. This isn’t a favorite of mine w/ the “out-outs,” “in-ins.” Maybe it’s just me! can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Linda Lu line dance (walk-through) (

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https://youtu. be/hp0PLikxAE0Video can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Linda Lu line dance (demo) to Delbert McClinton's Linda Lu (

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13. My Maria

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Choreographer: Mike Camara & Dan Albro (1996)
Music: My Maria by Brooks & Dunn (a Cha-Cha at 136BPM)

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
My Maria is another beginner / intermediate, but at 32 counts not too hard. This is a great line dance to another great classic Brooks & Dunn song. The unique thing is that it is a Cha-Cha line dance. The Shuffles between alot of the steps are 3 steps: Cha-Cha-Cha. The pivot-hooks are a lot of fun too. can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: My Maria Line Dance Instruction (https://youtu. be/Ggb4b9m7owI)

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14. Rock Me

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Choreographer: Donna Manning & LeAnne Lesmeister (Mar 2013)
Music: Wagon Wheel by Darius Rucker

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Rock Me is my favorite line dance! I am a big Darius Rucker fan and his song Wagon Wheel is a great song. The rocking steps choreographed to “Rock Me” throughout the dance is pretty cool. I don’t see it called every night but it should be! So good! can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Rock Me Teach and Demo (https://youtu. be/j_P9IosMvSk)

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15. A Little Bit Lit

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Beginner +

Choreographer: Rob Fowler (2017)
Music: Lit by Trace Adkins

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
A Little Bit Lit is a dance that is taught a lot on the weekends at the Ranch Saloon. A good one for beginners. And like some other line dances on this list just a really great country song to dance to. Lyrically the song Lit is amazing. A fast and fun song. Included below is the lyric video! can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: A Little Bit Lit – Line Dance (Dance & Teach in English & 中文) (

Demo & Teach Video can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Trace Adkins – Lit (Lyric Video) (https://youtu. be/mAJTe-6fVaY)

Trace Adkins Lyric Video for Lit

16. Slappin’ Leather

Count: 40Wall: 4Level: Beginner

Choreographer: Gayle Brandon (California modified version, 2016)
Music: Footloose by Kenny Loggins and Blake Shelton (alt: T.R.O.U.B.L.E. by Travis Tritt)
Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Slappin’ Leather
is a very famous line dance that is considered a beginner dance. You can dance this to the Footloose song from the movies, but the movies actually didn’t have Slappin’ Leather as part of their choreography. The Footloose movie features the more advanced line dance Fake ID. Click here to go to my post that talks all about that.

Slappin’ Leather has a part in it (the Slappin’ Leather part!) that seems pretty intermediate and takes some coordination! But the dance is just too fun and famous not to include it here. This dance is going to pretty much get called almost every night depending on the club your at. There are many variations of it throughout the world, but the step sheet and the video here are the So. Cal. version.

Fun Fact: Slappin’ Leather was used in an episode of the TV Show Pretty Little Liars. can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Slapping Leather (Line Dance) – Demo & Teach (

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17. Outlaw

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Beginner

Choreographer: Suzanne Wilson (Norco, CA Style)
Music: Whiskey Drinkin’ S.O.B. by Mikel Knight

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Outlaw is a pretty popular dance but is one of the line dances out there that isn’t to a country song. Country rapper Mikel Knight doesn’t really fit at all in my opinion of what country music and country dancing is about, but people love the dance! can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: The Outlaw (Line Dance) – Demo & Teach (

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18. Tush Push

Count: 40Wall: 4Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Choreographer: Jim Ferrazzano (1979)
Music: Chattahoochee by Alan Jackson

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Tush Push has been called the most popular line dance in the United States for the last 20 years! There’s a great story about how Jim Ferrazzano came up with the dance over a period of time, to check it out click here. One thing interesting is that it’s kind of 2 dances in one. This is because it was only 1/2 written for months. When completed, the final steps were cha-cha steps setting them apart from the first part of the dance.

Note: When you download the Step Sheet you’ll notice there are 6 options included on the 2nd page! can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Tush Push (Line Dance ) Walkthrough ( All Classes Through City Of Clovis ) (

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19. Country Girl Shake

Count: 32Wall: 4Level: Improver

Choreographer: Michele Adlam & Maria Hennings Hunt (2011)
Music: Country Girl (Shake it for Me) by Luke Bryan

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
Country Girl Shake is another really popular line dance. There are a few variations out there, but I think this demo and Teach video along with the step sheet will get you really close to whatever you might see. can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Country Girl Shake (Line Dance) – Demo & Teach (

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20. Ten-Step

Count: 18Wall: 0Level: BeginnerLine / Partner

Choreographer: Unknown
Music: Devil Went Down to Georgia by the Charlie Daniels Band

Step Sheet: Click here to download.
The Ten-Step is actually not a line dance! The Ten-Step would really be considered a partner dance. As such, you can dance it with a partner, but it is commonly danced individually and so much fun that I wanted to include it. It is also easy! Like most partner dances it is danced in a circle (counter-clockwise) on the dance floor.

One common song to hear when it is called is Devil Went Down to Georgia. The beat is fast and its a lot of fun when the band speeds up the tempo toward the end to challenge both the fiddle player and the dancers to keep up, ’til, of course, they can’t!

So, if dancing with a partner, you do so in the sweetheart position or just holding hands. But, if individually you get the fun option to spin during the shuffle steps that occur between the “10-step” part. (altogether it is an 18 count dance).

And if by chance you watch the video below taken at the Cowboy Palace in Chatsworth and struck by the particular magic and charm of this scene click here to read the recounting of my experience there. It truly is an awesome country dance bar. can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Ten Step – Danse country partner (

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Demo of the Ten-Step at the Cowboy Palace in Chatsworth


Some Beginning Line Dancing Basics

So there it is! My list of what I think are 20 of the easiest and also popular line dances out there right now. In addition to the dances themselves here’s a little more information about line dancing if you’re new to all this and a little confused about what is happening out there on the floor–I know I was!

A couple of things to know about if you’re new! Line dances are typically 16, 32, 40 or 48 steps (based on the level of difficulty) You may have noticed these numbers are all divisible by 8! Most popular music has a 4/4 time signature, but dancers count beats in sets of 8, hence line dance choreography is grouped and taught in sets of 8 or with “8-count.

Next (and the other major thing), line dances are known for having one, two or four walls. A one-wall dance means everyone will face in the same direction when all steps are performed. A two-wall line dance is when at the end of each sequence of steps everyone has turned 180º and you begin again facing the back — for these dances, you will always just face the “front” and “back” walls. Then, with a four-wall line dance (the most difficult), at the end of the steps, everyone has turned 90º and “begins the dance” again facing one of the “side” walls. As the dance progresses you will keep finishing and starting again facing a new wall.

TIP: When first learning and taking a class it is tempting to hide in the last row! But as you may have already guessed, that’s a bad idea! As soon as the dance has moved on to the back wall, if you were in the back, you are now in the front! You can’t see anyone and everyone is looking at you! So, find a good spot somewhere in the middle and you’ll be able to always watch someone who knows what they are doing!

With 20 line dances to learn and a couple of basics, you are ready to get involved in this fun activity. Like anything else in life, it takes some just plain jumping headlong in and learning as you go!

4 Popular Ways – Country Dancing Tonight

The Slappin' Leather Line Dance

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The Slappin' Leather Line Dance

Line Dancing, whether it be country line dancing or line dancing to other genres of music, is a very loved group activity. There are many reasons to take it up. As discussed in another post about the impact line dancing can have on Seniors (Click here), it is an activity that is beneficial for physical and mental health and well being. But this goes for all ages!

There’s really nothing like dancing, and line dancing is great fun. This post hopefully will give you some strategies for how to learn how to line dance and how to get involved with social gatherings that love this activity.

4 Popular Ways to Learn How to Line Dance
  1. YouTube Videos
  2. Step Sheets
  3. Private Lessons
  4. Your Local Country Bar or Community Center


Learn How to Line Dance at Home with YouTube

While generally, people take up line dancing with others, perhaps you are a little shy and intimidated by everyone that’s already so good at it. That’s okay! It’s possible to get pretty far into line dancing all on your own! And then venture out once you have that confidence.

So, thank goodness for the internet! Nowadays with YouTube just like a lot of things, there are tons of videos and many people putting up free tutorials. YouTube tutorials are a way for you to get some basic skills down and beyond.

I like how it’s possible to learn a dance by yourself in the comfort of your home, then go out to a local country bar and be ready. When the song comes on and the dance you already know is called your confidence soars and you do great.

But even if you aren’t the shy type and you’re already frequenting a local dance venue, learning a line dance on YouTube is a great help. Most saloons with regular lessons post the upcoming schedule on their website. Many times I have just checked the schedule to see what the dance is going to be and spend a little time searching for it on YouTube and watching a lesson.

It is great to be even just a little familiar with the dance that is about to be taught. Over the last few years, I’ve become familiar with some really great instructors with YouTube channels. I’ve rounded some up for you here:

Some of my favorite line dance tutorial YouTube channels:

Candy Sherwin – Agoura Hills, California

InstructorYouTube SubscribersVideosOldest Video
Candy Sherwin2.97K8710 Years

I’ve often watched Candy’s line dance tutorials. She does a great job and has been adding lessons to her channel for 10 years. She is a dance instructor and dance coordinator currently at BL Dancehall & Saloon in Agoura Hills, California. She is also a dance instructor and choreographer at the Los Angeles Performing Arts Center. If you look back at some earlier videos of hers you’ll see her teaching at Borderline Bar & Grill. This is the bar in Thousand Oaks California where a tragic shooting took place in 2018. The owners plan to eventually renovate and reopen the bar and dance saloon but currently have opened a second location in Agoura Hills, California called The BL Dancehall & Saloon. This is where she teaches locally.

Click here to go to her YouTube channel and browse all her videos:

Below is one of her videos where she teaches American Kids. This is a line dance that has been around for about 5 years now but is still super popular and a good beginner line dance to try to master. can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: American Kids – Candy Sherwin (

Tutorial and Demo for American Kids with Candy Sherwin. This is a 32 count, 4 wall, 1 re-start high beginner level line dance. This was choreographed by Randy Pellatier.

Patti Leathers – Merrit Island, Florida

ChannelYouTube SubscribersVideosOldest Video
Dancing with Patti6.36K40410 Years

Patti Leathers, known by her YouTube channel “Dancing with Patti,” has one of the biggest channels for line dance tutorials (over 400 and counting). She is from Florida and teaches at The Spare Time Bar and Grill in Merritt Island, Florida. She is super down-to-earth and a lot of fun and has just made sure to make a video for every dance she’s ever taught in her classes.

Check out her YouTube channel here:

Also, check out her website at There’s a great page there that lists all her line dances (A-Z) with links to quickly take you to her YouTube video for that dance. She’s also been adding some really great “dance party” videos during the pandemic. In these, it’s not a lesson, but just her dancing 5 different line dances.

Below is one of her videos where she teaches Knockin’ Boots. This is a 32 count, no tag, beginner line dance. The video is a great example of how Patti demonstrates and teaches a line dance. can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Knockin Boots (

Tutorial and Demo for Knockin’ Boots with Patti Leathers. This is a 32 count, 4 wall, no re-start beginner level line dance. This was choreographed by Hana Ries.

Cindy McMichael – Tacoma, Washington

ChannelYouTube SubscribersVideosOldest Video
Line Dancing with Cindy6.73K946 Years

Next is a the channel from Cindy McMichael. Her YouTube channel is Line Dancing with Cindy and is another go-to for learning. She is very consistent and does a great job running through a demo and teach of the line dance in each video. She is based out of Tacoma, Washington and I believe teaches locally there.

Check out her YouTube channel here: Line Dancing with Cindy (YouTube).

Check out one of her videos below. She gets a little visitor while teaching. This is her teach of the line dance Have Fun Go Mad. can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Have Fun Go Mad (Line Dance) – Demo & Teach (

Tutorial and demo of the line dance Have Fun Go Mad by Cindy McMichael. It is a 32 count, 4 wall line dance. The Choreographer is Scott Blevins.

Shelly Graham – Anaheim, California

ChannelYouTube SubscribersVideosOldest Video
Shelly Graham151366 Years

One last channel I want to mention is that of a friend of mine: Shelly Graham. Shelly is a teacher and choreographer in Southern California and teaches regularly at The Ranch in Anaheim, California. Her channel is relatively small, but she has some of her own choreographed line dances here that you might not see other places. Check it out.

Check out her YouTube channel here: Shelly Graham (YouTube)

For a featured video from her channel, I chose her teaching one of her own choreographed dances: California. This was a little tricky to learn but worth it! Its a really great line dance. can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: California – Line Dance (Demo) (

Demo of the line dance California by Shelly Graham. It is a 32 count, 4 wall line dance. The Choreographer is Shelly Graham.

Once you start using YouTube to learn line dances online you’ll discover many different channels, with hundreds of videos to watch. These are just a few that I have found and then found myself returning to. Happy hunting!

2. Using Step Sheets to Learn Line Dancing

Another way to learn how to line dance is to access existing step sheets for given line dances you want to learn. This is actually a more difficult way to go, particularly if you’re a beginner. But as you improve you may find yourself more interested in them.

Step sheets (or step description sheets) are simply a written form of the dance choreography. They detail each step, breaking it down to show when the steps for a dance are done and how they line up with the beats in the song.

One challenge can be that you need to know some basic line dance terminology. For instance, what is a Grapevine? A step sheet may say “Vine to the right” etc. (“Vine” short for Grapevine). Step sheets also typically give you some good basic stats about the dance, namely: how many counts, how many walls, the level of difficulty as well as who was the choreographer and what song it goes with.

I have used step sheets at times to supplement my learning of a dance at a lesson when I was a little foggy about part of the dance. It can clear it up since its spelled out in black and white!

On my post 20 Beginner Line Dances You Need to Know I’ve included a downloadable step sheet with each dance. Below is an example of one for the pretty simple dance The Electric Slide, just to give you an idea of a basic step sheet.

A very popular website to obtain pretty much any line dance step sheet you might need is

Another great website that is a good resource is a site called: This is good resource for people in California cause the list of line dances has links to the Califonia versions. Click here for that page. You’ll also see a link from this page to the Copper knob step sheets for those versions.

Lastly here’s a short video with some tips for how to use step sheets for line dancing. This is one of Robert Royston’s How To country dance videos. can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: How to Use Step Sheets | Line Dancing (

3. Learning How to Line Dance with Private Instruction

Learning to line dance can be completely free, but if you want to invest some money, this can be a really great way to get started and advance. Like anything else in life, the more you put into something the more you get out of it! Private line dance lessons can vary in pricing depending on how good the instructor is and how in-demand they are.

This can be a good option if you are nervous about getting out in public and not really knowing what you’re doing yet. Here are some other advatages of private line dance lessons:

  1. Personal attention. You can ask the instructor to slow down or speed up to match your speed of picking up the dance.
  2. You can choose the dance you want to learn. This is a great thing because I know for me I seem to prefer the dances that go with the songs I like. So, if you want, just learn those!
  3. Builds Confidence. Similar to learning at home with YouTube, when you get out to a dance venue to line dance, you’ll do so with confidence.

4. Learning How to Line Dance at a Country Bar or a Community Center

I’ve waited till last to talk about what is actually my first choice for how you should learn to line dance. This can be the most intimidating or frustrating way to learn to line dance, but also the most fun and effective.

This has been the main way for me to learn. Most country bars with dance floors have a good teacher and a schedule for the lessons they give. Typically the lessons are free. The bar may have a cover charge, but that’s it! So, for a small cover charge you can get in and get some free lessons. The difficulty really is just getting started.Line dance lesson taking place at the famous Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville.

That first night on the floor during your first lesson, you may feel a little overwhelmed. The key is to be patient and not give up. The first time I ever tried to learn a line dance I walked off the floor about 1/2 way through the lesson! The next time I made it about 3/4 through, and then the third try I did it! I just had to keep coming.

Here are some tips for taking free group lessons, whether it be in your local country bar or a community center where there are lessons. If you are a beginner it can be more challenging than you thought. It takes a little while to get used to memorizing choreography and developing muscle memory for all the steps and at the speed of the dance.

1. Watch YouTube! I know I already mentioned this. But use YouTube to get ready before you even go. See if the bar has a schedule of what lessons will be taught and look it up to see if there’s a YouTube video of that dance. Even if you don’t totally get it down at home it will help. I’ve even thought I had it down at home, only to still feel a little lost during the lesson. But the at-home practice gave me a clue what was happening and the leg-up I needed.

2. Stand in the middle! One thing about a typical line dance is that it has “walls.” As it progresses, it turns. When the sequence of steps in the dance end, it is designed to have you facing either the next wall to your right to start over or even the “back” wall to start again. The idea here is not to try to “hide in the back!” If you’re in the back row, as the dance progresses you will then find yourself in the front! Everyone will be looking at you, and you won’t be able to watch anybody.

Stay in the middle so that as the dance progresses there will always be someone in front of you that you can watch. You’ll also have a closer view of the teacher as they show the steps.

3. Know some Basics. Another thing that can help you be successful is to do a little study of some basic line dance terminology before you go out to the local bar. But, no worries! Here’s a couple things right here for you to know:

The first thing is that Line dances are typically 16, 32, 40, 48 and even 64 steps (based on the level of difficulty). You may have noticed these numbers are all divisible by 8! The music typically will have a 4/4 time signature, but dancers count beats in sets of 8, hence line dance choreography is grouped and taught in sets of 8 or with “8-count.

Next, line dances are known for having one, two or four walls. A one-wall dance means you will end up facing the same direction when all steps are performed. In a two-wall line dance, at the end, everyone has turned 180º and the dance starts again with everyone facing the back.

Then, with a four-wall line dance (the most common), at the end of the steps, everyone has turned 90º when they start the steps again. As the dance progresses you will keep finishing and starting again facing the next wall to the right.

These walls are known by the numbers on a clock. At the start, everyone is facing the 12 o’clock wall.” Then after the steps are performed the dance begins again on the “3 o’clock wall” etc.

4. Social Connections. So, that’s the basics and enough to give you a jump start to getting involved with line dancing. But the final thing to know is that line dancing is a great way to connect with people. I would be remiss not to mention a big part of my improvement as a dancer is largely due to the friends I’ve made while doing it. There are some really great and genuine people in the country dancing community, and really, staying connected to people ends up being the main thing. You just end up becoming a better dancer also!

Best Video Lessons for Online Dance Learning (2022) • OnDistance

Have you always dreamed of learning how to dance but didn't find the time or opportunity? Fortunately, now you can learn everything without leaving your home and at any convenient time - including learning to dance! In one article, we have collected for you the best resources, applications, sites and video lessons for online dance training. Here you will find dance lessons from experienced teachers and famous dancers. Remotely learn dances such as zumba, shuffle, bachata, classical dance, strip palastika, hip-hop, oriental dances.

YouTube channels for teaching dancing online

1. Online dance lessons with show ballet “Cultural Revolution”

  • Founded in 2015
  • Views: 55 010 431
  • Subscribers: 601 000

Christina Kristina Kristina Kristina show-ballet "Cultural Revolution", a young, but already very successful team. In their video lessons, the guys generously share their dance experience.

On Kristina Matskevich's channel you will learn how to dance beautifully, you will have a wonderful stretch and develop a sense of rhythm. There are already many different dance lessons here, and every Friday a new form with an online lesson appears on the channel.

Learning the Dance "KAZKA-CRYING". Dance link. Modern dance .


  • Founded in 2015
  • Views: 308 052
  • Subscribers: 3 290

The creators claim that they "educate stars", no more, no less.

You can check the statement by watching demonstration performances of students and teachers of the studio. It also hosts videos of master classes and seminars on modern dance, reviews of dance stories about the studio, reports from performances, concerts, parties, shows, as well as interesting moments from rehearsals and lessons.

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3. Model357

  • Founded in 2007
  • Views: 33 886 165
  • Subscribers: 101 000

The school is over 15 years old, and it has firmly established itself in the dance world as an absolute leader, a flagship of dance fashion and a pioneer of the latest trends.

Model-357 is a complex of two premium branches. The teachers of the school demonstrate stellar skill, professionalism and the highest qualifications. The Model-357 has a huge selection of dance and fitness areas. The masters of the school in their videos on youtube teach the most fashionable dance techniques and techniques.

Online lessons - Shuffle Shuffle - Lesson N1 (Alexander Ivanov)


  • Founded in 2018
  • Views: 594 620
  • Subscribers: 23 400
  • online channel dancing number 1 in Russia. Fresh video dance lessons for beginners are regularly published here. Thanks to these online lessons, you can learn to dance at home, at any convenient time.

    Bachata for beginners. Basic movements | Educational video dance lessons at home.

    5. Dance School ONLINE

    • Founded in 2016
    • Views: 1 051 094
    • Subscribers: 14 400

    Here you will find many video lessons in CONTEMPORARY-JAZZ dance technique. In addition, this channel has a lot of useful information from the world of choreography. This channel will certainly appeal to teachers and leaders of dance groups. Video lessons will be useful both for performers who decide to try themselves in new dance directions, and for beginner dancers.

    LEARN DANCE ONLINE. Modern jazz dance #29.

    6. Develop dances - Dance Zumba

    • was founded in 2017.
    • Views: 19 342 062
    • Subscribers: 80 800
    Zumba for beginners

    7. The floor Larry

    • was found : 765 662
    • Subscribers: 6 460

    "Etazh Larry" channel of an unusual dance studio in Minsk.

    Hip Hop Choreo | Video lesson x @etazhlarry

    8. Evolvers Dance School

    • Founded in 2013
    • Views: 1,115,320
    • Subscribers: 7,600
    Jazz Funk Tutorial by Liliya. Evolvers Dance School

    English YouTobe Dancing Chances

    9. Online Dance Casses

    • Founded in 2006
    • Views: 9 889 944
    • Subscribers: 136 000
    • Founded in 2009
    • Views: 819434,953
    • Subscribers: 4,480,000
    DUA LIPA — Break My Heart | Dance Tutorial with Kyle Hanagami

    11. LJ Dance

    • Founded 2010
    • Views: 86,448,280
    • Subscribers: 666,000
    DOJA CAT — BOSS B*TCH Dance Tutorial | CHOREOGRAPHY by MIJU | LJ DANCE | 안무 춤 배우기


    • Founded in 2013.
    • Views: 62 272 250
    • Subscribers: 689 000
    Learn tenes 6 satisfying dance w/ tenistan edpao (Impress Youth! STEEZY.CO

    13. 1million Dance Studio

    • Founded in 2015.
    • Views: 6 605 572 631
    • Subscribers: 24 100 000
  • Views: 225,296,918
  • Subscribers: 1,780,000
[Choreography] Beyoncé, Shatta Wale, Major Lazer - ALREADY | MYLEE Dance


  • Founded in 2012
  • Views: 176,815,976
  • Subscribers: 3,080,000
SAVAGE — Megan Thee Stallion & Beyonce Dance TUTORIAL | Matt Steffanina

16. Samantha Caudle

  • founded in 2009.
  • Views: 5 014 331
  • Subscribers: 55 900
"Body" Full Dance

17. Chop Daily

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Online dance schools


Dream Team dance school in Kiev

19. Ladies Dance

20. Style Dance

21. Online dance platform Dar

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English-language online dance schools

24. Sydney Dance Company

Cool site of choreographer Kylie Minogue - Soledad Bonachelo. This is a full-fledged virtual dance school, where, in addition to the maestro, top choreographers and dance teachers in Australia teach.

You can choose any lessons in all areas of dance and create your own class schedule. A weekly subscription with full access will cost $28, a monthly subscription will cost $122.

25. Online dance school STEEZY

STEEZY is one of the most famous online projects for teaching street dance. On the project website you can choose video lessons of breakdancing, locking, waking, high heels, crump, dancehall and other styles. Some of the most significant and famous choreographers of our time teach at STEEZY: Boogie Frantick, Jojo Diggs (Jabawockeez), Jade Soul, Sherwin Salonga. With a $20/month subscription, you can join live lessons or choose one of the 600 pre-recorded lessons on the platform.


DANCE PLUG is one of the most popular dance learning websites. There is no bias in any particular dance direction. Here you can find video lessons of ballet, bellydance, and even acting skills. The subscription price will depend on the direction you choose and the number of classes per week. On average, this is about $29 per month.


The LEARN TO DANCE service is suitable for beginner dancers and those who want to learn a new dance style from scratch. Not a very large number of directions are presented on this service, but they are all original. For example, here you can take online lessons in Argentine tango, Irish folk dance, breakdance, bellydance and even American country. To get access to all these classes, you need to subscribe. But there is also a large section with free lessons.


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Mobile app for learning dance

29. STEEZY app - Learn How To Dance

STEEZY app from famous dance studio for Android devices or smart TVs. With this program, you can easily learn to dance in a place convenient for you and at a convenient time.

The application has 800 dance courses, which are updated every week with new styles and new teaching methods. There are courses for both beginners and experts, in dozens of different dance styles.

Here you can learn from real professionals - the leading teachers of the world-class dance school. All of them regularly participate in international competitions, tour around the world or star in music videos of stars.

Each lesson is a step-by-step instructional video to help you learn the moves and master the basic dance techniques. All videos are shot in STEEZY's unique digital studio using special technology, which allows you to watch the teacher's movement from different angles. You can save the activities you like and repeat them as many times as you want. Or you can take one of the ready-made programs to master the style of your choice.

You can choose to pay a monthly subscription for $20/month or an unlimited package for $99.99/year.

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30. Advanced Arabic Dance Course 2

In this application, you can take an advanced Arabic dance course. Video lessons can be saved and watched even without the Internet. This is the second version of the application with an updated interface that has become more convenient and better. The developers promise that you will master the basics of Arabic dance in a week of regular classes. This course is suitable for all ages and all levels of dance skills.

31. How to breakdance

Have you always dreamed of learning how to breakdance? Then this application is just a godsend for you. Here you will find the complete choreography of breakdancing lessons, and in time you will be able to become a real breakdance dancer.

How To Dance The Breakdance is a comprehensive guide to teach you the basic breakdance techniques step by step in simple and structured lessons.

32. Learn to dance with Everdance: Short dance lessons

Everdance is a handy application for learning choreography. It is designed to connect those who teach dance and those who want to learn how to dance. All dance styles are represented here: hip-hop, belly dance, ballet, pop and many others.

With this application you can learn to dance without leaving your home. Lessons are short videos from professional dancers and instructors. Talented choreographers post their lessons in a variety of styles: hip hop, house, jazz funk, krump, twerk, vogue, waacking and many more.

After registering, you will be able to save videos in your profile to your own dance manual, upload videos of your workouts and share your progress with other dancers.
The application has a special offer for dance studios to organize dance classes online or live. In addition, you will be able to attract new students to online learning.

EVERDANCE - Dance Training in a NEW WAY

33. Salsa Go - Learn How to Dance

With this app, you can learn how to dance salsa on the go.
A specialized curriculum has been developed for Salsa Go to teach the basics of salsa. Gradually, you will be able to move on to more advanced dance elements.

By installing this application, you will have access to the best instructors in the world of salsa dancing. Here you can also listen to podcasts that discuss various dance topics. The application also publishes news about festivals, promotions and announcements of dance events taking place around the world.

34. Pocket Bachata

Pocket Bachata is a handy app with video tutorials to teach beginner dancers from bachata masters with flawless technique.

Your trainer will be Fernando Flores, an eminent bachata teacher with ten years of experience. All training is divided into 3 stages according to difficulty levels. For ease of search, videos can be sorted into categories: training, mastering and downloading.

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35. OpenDance Academy

Once you purchase the OpenDance Academy app, you get lifetime access to all content. Here are hundreds of video lessons from the best choreographers in the world. Among them: Evgeny Greshilov, Kira Noire, Marion Crampe, Dmitry Politov, Olga Trifonova, Natasha Van and many others.
New lessons and teachers are added all the time. In your profile, you can create your own playlists and watch them even offline.

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Popular line dances - Dance Types

Line dance, lip-pop or country or something in between, is a great way to get everyone on the dance floor. The most popular line dances are very common requests at wedding receptions and other large gatherings with family, friends and colleagues. While the list of line dances is extensive, you can start by looking at the most frequently requested ones. Once you join a group of dancers on the dance floor, you can easily learn new steps for many different line dances.

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Learning Line Dancing

Use these step-by-step instructions to practice some of the popular line dances at home.

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Electric Slide

The electric slide is one of the most common line dances. The steps are light and the music is slow enough to keep up with even beginners. This dance has been a favorite during high school and junior high dances for several years, and is still popular at wedding receptions and large group events. Click on the image below for detailed instructions on how to perform an electric slide. If you need help downloading printed materials, check out these helpful tips.

Cha Cha Slide

Cha Cha Slide Has a funky rhythm and is easy to learn because the lyrics tell you what to do next. By clicking on the following image you will get full instructions for this fun line dance.

Boogie Woogie

Country Dance Scootin' Boogie Boots are one of the easiest and most common dances. For aspiring country dancers, this is a great place to start. Click on the image for full instructions.

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Other dancing of the total line

The following line dancing are one of the most popular dance genres in the entire spectrum:

  • cotton eyes Joe
  • Chicken dance
  • Hawki
  • Macarena
  • carcass
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  • Hour
  • Hoedown Throwdown
  • Cupid's Shuffle
  • Random Runway

Some of these dances are not performed in a line, but in a circle. As long as everyone is dancing in the same group and the steps are repeated throughout the song, the dance can be seen as a line dance, regardless of the location of all the dancers.

Tips for students

Inexperienced dancers should remember the following tips:

  • Don't be afraid to jump in and try.
  • Once you learn a few basic steps, such as the vine, it will be much easier for you to pick up new combinations.
  • You can start small. Don't jump into the middle of the most complex, dynamic song of the evening if it's your first time.
  • If you're attending a country dance night at a local bar or other venue, find out if there's a training period at the start of the event. If you repeat the steps at a slower pace, it will be much easier for you to capture all the nuances of the dance.
  • Instructional videos such as Party Dance can help you practice your steps at home. Watch each piece of dance as many times as necessary and never worry about disturbing others.

Line dance variations

One of the reasons many people love line dancing so much is that most dances are very easy to learn. In addition, the repetitive nature gives ample opportunity to practice each dance several times. Although the dances are generally quite simple, there is plenty of room for accents and many regional variations. Once you've mastered the basics, watch other dancers to see what extra steps they add to the routine, such as clapping, arm movements, and extra steps or hip movements. Don't be surprised if you walk into a new dance floor and find everyone throwing in an extra handclap or doing a quarter turn instead of a half turn; Line dancing is all about being part of a community of dancers and enjoying each other's company. Just go with the flow and you'll have a whole new repertoire of moves in no time.

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