I LOVE to dance. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, it’s one of my favorite ways to sneak in a workout when I don’t feel like working out. Also, one of our favorite family activities is family dance party. During our latest family dance party, we created a Pandora station for “Non-Country Line Dances.” My younger two were impressed when I knew the steps to dances they didn’t and my older two had fun laughing at my poor execution of them. Many of you will know most, if not all of these, but in case you don’t I’m sharing instructional videos (found on YouTube) for each one. Whether you perform these at home for a fun workout or you decide to break them out at the middle school dance you’ve volunteered to chaperone, you need to familiarize yourself with this list of popular line dances in order to impress (or embarrass) your kids.
I’m intentionally omitting wedding dance floor favorites like the Chicken Dance and the Macarena because everyone knows those. If you don’t, I apologize for my assumption and recommend you start there before taking on any of the ones I’ve listed below.
List of Popular Line Dances
I know, it seems hypocritical for me to include the Electric Slide after I skipped the Chicken Dance and the Macarena. However, I know a lot of people who can’t remember the steps to this dance until the first couple of rounds on the dance floor. Plus, it’s one of the easiest to learn so if you’re new to line dancing, this is a great one to start with.
The cupid shuffle is another popular line dance at weddings and school dances. The steps repeat and they aren’t very complicated so it’s one that everyone in the family can do.
Cha Cha Slide
The video below is NOT an instructional step-by-step video because the Cha Cha Slide lyrics tell you exactly what to do. Plus, unlike the Electric Slide and Cupid Shuffle, it’s not a cycle of the same 16 or 20 count steps repeated over and over. You just need to listen to the song and follow the instructions.
Cotton Eyed Joe
Country line dancing is a whole different thing from the wedding/school dance thing, which is why I’m not including country line dances here. However, Cotton Eyed Joe is a crossover song that DOES make its way into these events. Faster than the Cupid Shuffle, it’ll get your pulse going.
Okay, knowing how to dance to the song Gangnam Style isn’t going to impress your kids, however NOT knowing the dance might embarrass them. This dance is so widely known that NOT knowing the moves is like not knowing who the President of the United States is. Okay, not really, but to your kids, probably.
The Wobble is my very favorite line dance. It’s also the one that mortifies my teenagers the most when I perform it in public. The moves aren’t complicated (though apparently I’m not doing them right if my teens’ laughter is any indication) and the song just makes you want to groove (yes, I said “groove”).
Perhaps because this is a newer song compared to the others, knowing the moves to this dance earns you mad street cred with the kids. The moves look kind of silly to begin with so it’s pretty hard to look bad doing them.
Like Gangnam Style, this is a move your kids expect you to know. Hillary Clinton did it on the Ellen Show so you have no excuse. Here’s Silentó (the musician who sings “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” showing you how to do ALL of the moves in the song.
Okay, this is one NO ONE in my family had heard of when it popped up on our playlist. It’s not hard, but it’s so FAST. I’m secretly practicing it so that I can break out and wow them during our next family dance party.
Additional Dance Moves
For all of the dances above, the choreography for each song leaves little or no time for freestyle dancing. However, there are many popular songs with specific “moves” associated with the chorus, while you’re free to do whatever you want during the rest of the song. If you want to take your kid-impressing/embarrassing dancing to the next level, add these moves to your repertoire.
Teach Me How to Dougie
Hit the Quan
I hope this post inspired you to learn some new dance moves. Do you have a favorite dance move that didn’t make my list? Let me know in the comments so I can add it to our family dance party playlist! Speaking of my playlist, you can find all of the official videos for the dances listed above in the Wondermom Wannabe “Popular Line Dances” playlist on YouTube.