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  • American Line Dance
  • Background
    • The lack of physical contact meant that line dancing was socially accepted long before any couple dances.
    • Line dancing in America is thought to have developed out of the contra dance.
    • Contra dances was influenced by English and French folk dances.
  • Background
    • During the 1960s the contra dance transformed into line dancing.
    • The First choreographed line dance is considered to be the Tush Push, from 1980.
    • In 1992 the hit song Achy Breaky Heart drew international attention to American Line dancing.
    • The song also linked Line dancing with country and western.
  • The Dance
    • Stand in lines
    • Many types of steps eg. Boot scoot
    • Some have simple and some have complex dance structures
    • Each dance has a number of walls.
  • Musical Characteristics
    • Most commonly associated with country and western music.
    • Simple melody, rhythms and harmony
    • 4/4 with accented 1st and 3rd beats
    • Single melody harmonised by backing singers
    • Only 2 or 3 chords-mainly tonic and dominant
    • Steady crotchet moment in the bass line
    • Regular 4 bar phrases
    • Verse & Chorus structure
    • Slides in the melody and accompaniment
  • Instruments
    • Banjo
    • Steel guitar
    • Harmonica
    • Accordion
    • Drums