Country & Western Dances
Country/Western dance, also called Country and Western dance, encompasses many dance forms or styles, which are typically danced to country-western music, and they are stylistically associated with American country and/or western traditions. Country dancing is also known as "kicker dancing" in Texas.
Traveling around the dance floor at a moderate to fast pace, Country 2-Step is full of fun turns, wraps, and weaves. Of course you will find it at country bars and clubs, but thanks to the growing popularity of country music and crossover pop artists, Country 2-Step is in demand at dance studios, ballroom events, and West Coast Swing parties. This is a great dance to develop quick turns, assertive leading, and maneuvering around the dance floor.
Country Western Shuffle travels around the floor like Country Two Step and used triple-step rhythms like East Coast Swing. Mostly danced to Country tunes, it’s usually slower tempo than Country Two Step music. Shuffle is almost the same dance, but incorporates some additional connection and lead/follow techniques that add sharpness and styling.
The Country Western Waltz is the western communities addition to social dancing – modifying traditional waltz to move more progressively and more simply around the floor to their own version of the Waltz 3/4 beat. It originated in the early 1800's as the music of the western country began to find it's identity. It stayed a staple but didn't become widely popular until the modern era when a little country flick, Urban Cowboy, brought it to the media's attention.
Country Western Swing is a subgenre of American Jitterbug Swing that originated in the late 1920s in the West and South. It is danced to music with an up-tempo beat which attracts huge crowds to the dance floor at the dance halls and clubs. It is characterized by a lot of turns and twirls for both the gentleman and the lady.