will find some of the terms and basic steps I use in class. By
clicking the “video” link you can see and learn the steps being done
on video. If you want to be a step ahead before going to a class I
highly recommend that you learn or at least walk through them.
TIPS AND INFO FOR BEGINNERS.
Ask questions! Ask for a step or sequence to
be repeated if you don't ask you don't get. Don't be
embarrassed by asking. Others probably need the same help
and may just be too self-conscious to ask! Instructors want
to help. The speed and detail in which we may be teaching at
any class varies depending on the level of the class. Always
try to come to an appropriate level class.
Be patient! You would be one in a million if
you walked onto the dance floor for the first time and could
instantly do it perfectly. Take home step sheets, if
offered, or obtain copies from web sites (see link on my
website, listed above). Practice the dances, repetition
helps. No one is perfect. Just think of those little
'errors' as new variations. Don't give up!
Come often to classes! If you really want to
become proficient, come on a regular basis. If you can find
a class or a place to dance, try twice a week.
Take the alternative! If you're new to line
dancing, I will at times give easy alternatives for more
intricate steps. Take them. Add the original steps back in
when you're more comfortable with the dance. Keep your steps
small. You will be able to maintain your balance better and
be able to 'fix' your problems more easily. Keep your knees
'soft' (don't lock the knees). You will be able to make
transitions more quickly.
Turn technique! Learn good turn technique.
Turning takes practice. Sorry, there's no easy way to learn
except 'do it'.
Learn terminology! It will seem like a
foreign language at first. And of course there is that pesky
lag time between when you hear the words and the meaning
gets to your feet. And then you still need to actually 'move
your feet'. Don't worry, it will come. Be patient.
Music variety! Line dancing is no longer just
'country'. It's done to all kinds of music from pop to Latin
with plenty in between, you name it and there's probably a
line dance to it.