We all know that line dancing is basically an amalgamation of different steps put together to match the tempo of a song (we all knew that, RIGHT?!?). So, in the many years I’ve been teaching, I’ve taught a lot of different steps.
Some of the harder steps I’ve taught include wizard step, sailor step, scissor step, vaudeville step, basic steps with odd turns, cross chasse, etc. However, I have finally nailed down the absolute hardest step that I’ve ever taught. It is… wait for it…. the pause!
Literally, I’ve found that having to hold for a beat in a dance is the Achilles heel to most dances. We are so used to making a move on every step (or even every half step) that the idea of just standing there for a beat is more than our bodies are willing to allow.
The following are some of our dances that have pauses in them (how many have you mastered??):
- Rockin’ The Wagon Wheel
- Teach Me How to Diffie
- The Bone Dance
- Bombshel Stomp
- Bartender Stomp
- Come Dance With Me
- Cowgirl Shuffle
- One Way Ticket
The best way to combat the pause problem is to count steps (literally). Pretty much all dances are done in 8 counts*, so as you’re doing the steps, count them off. For example:
Keep in mind that there are a lot of half counts in our dances too though, but it will still have the same 8 counts, so it may be more like this, but you still get your 8 counts:
So next time a dance looks easy, take a “pause” and see if you can stop your momentum once you get going! If not, come see me and we’ll work through that stinkin’ pause together!
*Disclaimer: In my experience, every line dance is done in 8 counts. I have yet to come across one that isn’t, but since anyone can choreograph a dance and there are no rules, technically someone could break this pattern and some probably have, so that’s the only reason I say “pretty much all” instead of “all”.