Country Line Dancing in Orange County Guide
With Country Line Dancing growing in popularity, especially here in Orange County, we wanted to bring you a guide to country line dancing. This type of dance is so attractive to people because of the social aspect. There is a real sense of togetherness when you are with people doing the same dance you are! Of course, you are always able to add your own twist to personalize things a bit more.
First things first, line dancing is a group of people dancing the same, repeated dance moves without touching and usually in a line. Most line dances will involve everyone rotating at the end of a cycle to face a different wall and repeat the routine again. A lot of country line dances are named after the song they are typically danced to. Some popular, mainstream examples are the Cupid Shuffle and the Cha-Cha Slide. When it comes to country line dancing, you have plenty of options.
Examples of Country Line Dance
- Watermelon Crawl was made popular and named after the 1994 song “Watermelon Crawl” by Tracy Byrd. In the song, a man stumbles across a small town watermelon festival where the “watermelon queen” teaches him how to do the dance. “She grabbed me by the arm said come on let’s go. She dipped down spun around and doe-see-doed.”
- Boot Scootin’ Boogie “Yeah heel toe do si do. Come on baby let’s go boot scootin’.” This staple dance gained its namesake from the Brooks & Dunn song released in 1991. This dance and song are credited to having renewed the country’s interest in line dancing again due to its simple nature that anyone can follow. Watch the couple below scootin’ around the dance floor.
- Slappin’ Leather is a little more difficult but once you master it is visually pleasing and a lot of fun. It involves a move where you tap on your boots, leading to its name. The hops and turns added in make it an exciting and fast-paced line dance. You can use this dance paired with songs like “Footloose” by Kenny Loggins or “Reggae Cowboy” by the Bellamy Brothers just to name a couple.
These are just a few examples of the almost endless styles of Country Line Dances. We would encourage you to look up the styles to find the one that is most appealing to you!
Places to Country Line Dance in Orange County
- The Ranch Restaurant and Saloon. Anaheim, CA. The Ranch is probably the ultimate place to go country line dancing in Orange County. With a large dance floor and live country music, there is no denying the electric, western atmosphere. You can even enjoy family night every Sunday.
- In Cahoots. Fullerton, CA. A few nights a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays) you can enjoy country line dancing at In Cahoots. Between the drinks, food, and mechanical bull you’re sure to have a great time.
- Cowboy Country. Long Beach, CA. “Where it’s all cowboy all the time”. This honky tonk boasts 3 large dance floors, 2 bars, and a pool room. Guests can enjoy live music and a mechanical bull.
Now that we’ve shown you some of the styles of country line dancing and you know where to show off your skills, let’s learn some of them! We would love the opportunity to teach you country line dancing here at Bella Ballroom in a non-stressful environment with a private instructor. So grab your cowboy hats n’ boots and get ready for a yeehaw of a time!