Country music and line dancing go together like peas and carrots.
Regardless if you’re attending a honky-tonk, a bar or just a plain ol’ country hoedown, you’re bound to encounter folks line-dancing in the name of a good time.
Some say this dance style originated in the 19th century as a type of folk dancing done by settlers. These treasured folk songs eventually evolved into modern country songs, and the tradition of dancing followed along.
What does line dancing look like?
Line dancing is a form of choreographed dance. People gather together in one or more rows, and they either all face the same way (or two lines mirror one another) and repeat a sequence of steps to the music.
In the video we have for you today, twelve ladies step it out to Alan Jackson’s classic hit “Chattahoochee.”
It’s quite an astonishing sight to see their synchronicity played out on stage!
The girls in this video surely know what they’re doing. All of them appear on stage donning matching outfits, complete with cowboy hats and boots. The video begins with the beat of the familiar country song, and the girls take no time to start shuffling their feet in unison.
“Chattahoochee” is a classic country tune from 1992, perfectly made for line dancing.
The hit was co-written between Jim McBride and Alan Jackson and enjoyed instant success.
It went on to hit number one on the Billboard country chart, holding that position until year’s end. The song also won two Country Music Awards for Single of the Year and Song of the Year.
“I knew about the Chattahoochee River because I was raised in Alabama. Sydney Lanier was a poet who had written a poem called ‘Song of the Chattahoochee’ that was in high school literature books. I was sitting in my home office in Nashville one day, and I had just read a book about the Chattahoochee. I started playing a little melody, and then I got the first two lines of the song.”
Once McBride found out that Jackson also grew up near the river in Georgia, the rest was history. He proposed the tune to Jackson and they instantly got to work on country at its finest.
These inspiring line-dancing ladies definitely do the song justice!
Most of their dance moves are played out by their feet.
They use some intervals to tap their feet with their hands, and on other intervals they clap together. As soon as they finish a sequence the ladies switch directions in unison. Their repetitions are flawless.
As the familiar lyrics of the song play out, the ladies remind us how to have a good time.
Jackson sings the uptempo song cooly and collectedly:
“Yeah way down yonder on the Chattahoochee / Never knew how much that muddy water meant to me / But I learned how to swim and I learned who I was / A lot about livin’ and a little ’bout love.”
And these line-dancing ladies embody the spirit of the song perfectly with their impeccable moves and bright smiles. This type of dance is fun, unique to its culture, and cut-out for just about anyone to try! You could really do it anywhere.
And with close to 10 million views on YouTube, people are tuning in to the party.
Ready to give line-dancing a shot? Get inspired and check this video out for yourself below!
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