I’d Rather Be Dancing Country Line Dances

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Back in the 1980s when we still lived in New Jersey, one night I went out to a country western bar with some girlfriends where they did country line dances. My memory is a little shady, but it seems to me we had a blast.

At Phoenix International Folk Dancers, we sometimes do line dances. Here are some we know:

Achy Breaky Heart:

Louisiana Saturday Night:

One of my favorites is Elvira, but I can’t find a single video on YouTube that uses the same choreography we use at PIFD.

Another dance we do differently than other groups is Pot o’ Gold. If you look it up on YouTube, you’ll probably see gals wearing cowboy hats and cowboy boots doing it country style. We consider it an Irish-style dance, and we do a variation dreamed up by Sue Steiger of the Prescott (AZ) International Folk Dancers. You’ll see that around the 1:45 mark the dancers join hands in a circle to dance the final patterns. (We were bored with keeping it a line dance all the way through.) We made this video in February of 2020 as we were preparing for our annual Folk Dance Festival, which, sadly, didn’t happen because of Covid. Sorry for the poor sound quality—I didn’t realize I was holding my hand over the camera’s microphone while filming. Live and learn. 

And here are other country line dances that I don’t personally know but I found on line.

God Bless Texas:

Boot Scootin’ Boogie:

Git Up:

Cowboy Hustle (I’ve also seen a very similar dance to this done to the same music, called Cowgirl Twist):

Good Time:

Watermelon Crawl:

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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