Line Dance Instructions

Line Dance Instructions for Senior Citizens

Line Dance Fun!!
Line dancing is very popular among Senior Citizens.  It's fun, there is great camaraderie among the Seniors, and you don't need a partner.

An Activity Director at a Retirement Home/Convalescent Home in California told me that line dancing is only second in popularity to square dancing and only because square dancing is an older form of dancing and more Seniors are familiar with that type of dancing.  Also, many Seniors were in square dance clubs and danced each week. 

Line dancing really came into it's own in America in the 1970s and 1980s, especially with the advent of the line dance, "Tush Push" choreographed by Jim Ferrazzano in Nashville in the '80s with the help of choreographer/dancer Melanie Greenwood.  Melanie went on to fame when she was asked to choreograph a dance for Billy Ray Cyrus' song, "Achy Breaky Heart" about 1992.
At almost any class in line dance instructions, you will see many Seniors.  There are several dances suitable for people with limited mobility, such as the above mentioned "Tush Push", "Electric Slide", "Country Walkin'", "Dancin' with You" and the ever beautiful, "Waltz Across Texas", which I love to dance to Collin Raye's "Dreamin' My Dreams of You."  There is even a "sit down" tongue-in-cheek line dance by Knox Rhine called "Take A Break" which doesn't even need music!
The health benefits of line dancing are obvious.  Everyone benefits from exercise and line dancing is so much fun, it doesn't seem like exercise.  I read a report that said that people who line dance could possibly live an extra ten years.  This may or may not be true, but it's certainly something to consider.

Here is a list of some of the health benefits of line dancing:
  • Cardiovascular and muscular strength and flexibility become better;
  • High blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and high triglyceride levels, as well as high blood sugar levels can all improve; 
  • Coordination improves as you work through the different movements;
  • Improves lung capacity; 
  • Bone strength can increase; bone loss can be stopped or slowed down
  • Line dancing can aid in weight control - half an hour of continuous line dancing can burn an average of 300 calories 
  • The social aspects of taking a class in line dance instructions are obvious.  Your sense of well-being and the camaraderie you have is wonderful for your health.
There are many line dance videos that Seniors can purchase and practice to their favorite line dance songs in the privacy of their homes.  This is especially good if they are shy about going to a regular class and don't have a class in their community just for Seniors.
The lovely and talented singer/songwriter Scooter Lee has many classes just for Seniors through her non-profit organization, Dancing for the Dream®.   To read more about Dancing for the Dream®, click here.    

 You can find many classes for line dance instructions just for Senior Citizens at Community Centers, Parks and Recreation Departments,  and Church Groups all over America, as well as at classes at dance studios.  And line dance songs are so toe tappin' happy, they make your whole body smile!!

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