Why Line Dance?
I want you to learn the dances and enjoy them. The best way to learn is to listen carefully to the dance instructor and try to follow what they are teaching.

It is best to stand somewhere near the front of the class where you can follow the instructor. Watch the spotters (A spotter is someone who knows the dances, so when you turn to a new wall you have someone to watch.  Don't rely too much on following new students around you because they are learning the dance too and if they make a mistake you will follow.

Don't stand at the sides or the back because when the dance changes direction you could find yourself without a spotter in front of you

One important rule is not to be afraid and to speak up while doing the walk through if you are not sure of any of the steps. You will find that the dance instructor will only be too happy to go over any steps you are not sure of. It may be that if you are struggling with parts of the dance others are struggling too.


Remember to take small steps while you are learning a dance, that way you will avoid bumping into the person next to you if you make a mistake. If you do go wrong during a dance don't give up, wait a few beats and join in again when you are ready.
What should I wear?You should wear clothes you are comfortable with. While some dancers still dress in western wear most just wear clothes which are comfortable to dance in.

Footwear is the most  important and you should wear shoes which provide good ankle support. High heels, sling backs, flip flops and other loose fitting shoes are definitely not suitable. Trainers would provide the right level of support but you will find it difficult to dance in trainers because they tend to grip on the dance floor. Smooth soled shoes or boots with a flat heel which give good ankle support are ideal.

The most important thing.....If you have ever watched a class dancing a new dance for the first time you will realize that the most difficult thing to do is smile while you are dancing.

When learning a new dance you have so much to think about. You need to remember the steps, keep in time, stay in line and smile all at the same time.

But don't worry. Stick with it, even if you go wrong.  The most important thing is that you enjoy yourself.

Remember it is not the steps of the dance which are important but the steps which bring us closer as friends.


Tips for Beginners...
There are lots of reasons for wanting to learn to line dance. It is great fun and an opportunity to socialize and make new friends.

It is a great form of exercise for the body and the mind and it is recommended by many doctors as a way of keeping fit.

Dancing can reverse the signs of aging in the brain. Research also shows that it helps with stress, anxiety, and depression, which many of my students will confirm! If you don’t already take a line dance class, now is the time to start this fun adventure.

Trying different types of dance keeps you in a constant learning process, which has been shown to increase the size of a brain region called the hippocampus. This region normally declines with age. If you currently take a line dance class, you usually learn at least one (if not more) new dances in every lesson. Plus, you constantly recall dances from previous weeks, which plays a role in memory and learning.Physical and mental exercise can contribute to a healthy life and help with keeping one’s balance. Learning different types of dance routines can rejuvenate the body and mind.
Medical researchers reported that dancing helps to:

*Reduce stress *Increase energy *Improve strength
*Condition the body

*Increase muscle tone and coordination

*Lower your risk of coronary heart disease

*Improve cholesterol level *Strengthens bones

*Decrease blood pressure * Keeps you mentally fit

*Help you manage your weight

*Strengthen bones of your legs and hips

*Helps keep the heart in shape

*Builds and increases stamina

*Develops the circulatory system

*Increases flexibility and balance

*Provides cardiovascular conditioning

Physical benefits aside, dancing has a way of brightening up a person’s day by helping you develop strong social ties.
 
THE GOODNESS OF LINE DANCING
 
Quoted from UK’s Linedancer Magazine, September 2006 Issue, "Line Dancing improves stamina, muscle tone and coordination, is a great stress buster and energy booster. Good for posture, strength, mobility in the lower back, and toning calves and thighs. The British Heart Association says it is very beneficial to health and is recommended by doctors, invigorates all the major organs from the brain right down to the toes. Line dancers can cover around five miles of ground in one evening,"
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Just give it a try and you'll be hooked!

Come along to any of our dance classes 
and you will be sure of a warm welcome
Call Linda Today  219-682-6548