Line dance classes are available in the Villages no matter what level of dance you enjoy.  Below are “loose” definitions assigned to classes in the Villages.

Note To New Dancers: 

Line Dancing consists of a sequence of steps that have been conceived by the choreographer or choreographers. Choreographers and line dancers have come up with names for short sequences of steps - thus instead of saying "step to the side, cross behind, step to the side, step together", one merely says "vine". While this does make things a *lot* easier, quicker and simpler for instructors, choreographers and dancers alike, it does have the unfortunate result that line dancing is full of jargon. And like any activity that is full of jargon, unless you know the jargon, ie: the names for at least the basic step sequences, you will, without doubt, be totally clueless when you first try to learn a dance. We want all dancers to have a positive experience when entering the wonderful world of line dancing. Happy Dancing!

Level 1 - Absolute (Ultra) Beginner classes are for those with no line dance experience or knowledge of basic steps and step patterns. The inexperienced dancer will learn basic steps used in short dances. Easy straight rhythm dances are taught at a slow pace using these basic steps. Click on he following link for easy-to-follow and--equally important--correct step tutorials. Each step is a separate video, making it much easier to view and practice only what you need. Kari's Line Dance Step Lesson Playlist

Level 2 - Beginner classes are intended for dancers who are ready to build upon the skills learned at the Ultra Beginner level. The following questions will help you determine readiness for this level. Do you already understand the following fundamental concepts?  

  • Wall
  • Face-of-the-clock reference points
  • Line of dance
  • Weighted step vs. touch

Can you recognize by name and correctly perform without step-by-step cues at least the following steps?

  • Basic and Vine patterns, including right and left 1/4 turns
  • Step-touch/kick patterns like the K-step, Montana Charleston, and Zig-Zag
  • Rock steps, including a Rocking Chair 
  • Toe and heel steps like Touch, Strut, and Bounce
  • Box steps, including Rumba and Jazz
  • V-step
  • Step-Pivot Turns, right and left

If you answered yes to all, you are probably ready for Beginner (Level 2). Some familiarity with basic triple (cha-cha-cha) and waltz patterns will be helpful but is not required.  

If you answered no to any element, we strongly encourage you to begin with an Ultra/Absolute Beginner class. Time spent on the fundamentals will help prevent injury, reduce frustration, and ultimately make line dancing more fun. 

For those who are ready, Beginner level line dance classes will introduce additional step patterns and may use up to two turns for example two 1/4 pivot turns in sequence or two 1/4 turns at the end of a traveling pattern e.g. chasse or grapevine. Routines may also include different rhythms like Waltz or Cha Cha and the tempos may range from slow to moderate. Routines at this level will show how different steps flow one into the other and provide some basic styling principles - looking up and body posture. At this stage, cross body movement such as cross rocks and weaves could be introduced. Generally dance routines at this level would not be more than 32 - 48 counts but may contain more than one direction change as in two 1/2 turns in opposite directions. Routines will use different rhythms and dancers should begin to feel the music and  gain self confidence. 

Level 3 - Beginner Plus (Also Called Improver) classes are geared toward line dancers who have some experience as well as knowledge of steps and terminology. Most students at this level have spent at least a year in a Beginner class or have equivalent experience. 

Level 4 - Low Intermediate classes typically consist of many Beginner Plus dances and some Intermediate dances. Classics that are danced in The Villages and elsewhere also may be featured. Dancers at this level know line dance steps and terminology, have spent a year or two at the Beginner Plus level and are ready to move on. 

Level 5 - Intermediate classes are offered for experienced line dancers who know steps and terminology and want to learn dances that typically are 64 counts and higher with numerous turns, tags and restarts. The classes focus almost exclusively on the most popular Intermediate and Advanced dances in the world as reported in weekly line dance surveys.

Click on he following link for asy-to-follow and--equally important--correct step tutorials. Each step is a separate video, making it much easier to view and practice only what you need. Kari's Line Dance Step Lesson Playlist


Click here for a Beginners Guide to line dancing posted on CopperKnob.
Click here to view in-depth definitions Listed in Line Dancer Magazine.