DEFINITIONS

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. 

Level 2 - Beginner classes require some experience, including knowledge of basic steps and step patterns. Many dancers require a number of months at the Ultra Beginner level before moving up to Beginner. Instructors still demonstrate new steps and teach relatively easy dances. The pace is adjusted to allow time for students to master steps and learn basic dances.  

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