You can encourage your Line dancers to do a short but very beneficial warm up before they start a Line dance session. By making it part of the class and something that they do before getting on the dance floor at socials you will be helping your dancers to reduce their risk of injury as well as getting their mind and body ready to dance.
At first there were just beginners in Line dancing and now there are beginners and absolute beginners – often called ABs. The newer level really came in when beginner Line dances became a bit more complex than beginner dances of the past. So the AB level was the new, true, beginner and the old beginner level became more like the improver or even easy intermediate level from the mid 1990s. I am sure that somewhere there are even different levels of absolute beginners now. All these different levels can make life tricky for newbies wanting to find a suitable Line dance class. So the following explanations might be helpful for dancers and instructors wanting some guidance about beginners.
I have some info about Line dancing on my decodanz website under the leisure dance menu that you might be interested in if you teach Line dancing. On the Line dance pages you can find a brief guide to Line dance levels, some video ‘how to’ tips and information about hosting workshops for Line dance teachers. You can also find a FREE foot exercise chart to download from the Freebies page – a great way to keep your feet in condition before and after Line dancing. These exercises are suitable for others too.
On the Freebies page you can also download a FREE copy of my Line dance basics chart. This chart is suitable for beginners (and anyone else interested) to remind them what some of the basic movements are such as a touch, hitch and toe strut.
A lot of the focus in Line dancing is on dances and not the how, what or why of teaching. I hope that by providing some tips and hints about teaching and safe dance practice related to Line dancing that encourages teachers to explore it and incorporate aspects of it in their teaching.