Doris Volz
Line dance historian, instructor and author of LineDanceFun.com San Francisco Bay Area, CA USA ©2007

1972
Cowboy Boogie Ken Engel web
Walkin Wazi Callahan/Getty note

circa 1977
Tush Push Ken Engel web note

circa 1978
Slapping Leather G Brandon
Tulsa Time Ken Engel note

circa 1981-82
The Flying Eight Ken Engel
variation Traveling 4 Corners
Fireman George Davis

circa 1984
Pasadena Cianne Mcginnis web
(CW Parker - Kicker newsletter)
the Pasadena sheet

circa 1986
Southside Shuffle D Aiken
Rock Around The Clock Unknown

1987
Hooked On Country Miranda web

1988
Wild Wild West Boogie Chris Hookie

1989
Cruisin' Neil Hale web
Ski Bumpus Linda De Ford note

1990
Zydeco Lady Chris Hookie

1991
Mustang Sally Neil Hale

1992
Achy Breaky M Greenwood
Bar Room Romeo Ron Holliday
Linda Lu Neil Hale
Norma Jean D & D Wasnick
Waltz Across Texas L&J Nielson bio

1993
California Stomp R Holliday
Hot Tamales Neil Hale vintage
Midnight Waltz Jo Thompson
The Outback Gordon Elliott web note

1994
Be Bop A Lula Denny Hengen web
Cha Cha Lenqua Neil Hale
Cowgirls' Twist Bill Bader web
Dance Ranch Romp Jo Thompson web
Ophelia Bill Bader
Prancing Pony Neil Hale
Watermelon Crawl Sue Lipscomb

1995
Ain't Goin' Nowhere Lori Wong
All Shook UP R & S Krul 
Beaujolais Waltz Neil Hale
Black Dresses Michael Barr web
Dancin' Feet S & H Brooks web note
Dreamin' Michael Barr
Fly Like A Bird Hedy McAdams web
God Blessed Texas S Batson
Rednex Stomp Chris Kumre
Silk & Satin Evelyn Khinoo
Smokey Places Michele Perron
Starlight Waltz Knox Rhine
The Cowboy Kole Dunn
Tropicana Parking Lot Patrick W. Riley

1996
1996 early website w/working links
My dance life report 1996
Dance Lessons 1996
listings by LEVEL - Knox Rhine
1996 Bay Area favorites
(Max Perry '96 dance article)
A Waltz In Time Michael Barr
Baby Likes to Rock It Hillbilly Rick
Backroads Michael Barr web
Black Coffee Helen O'Malley
Cannibal Stomp Lisa Firth
Cruise Control Neil Hale
Cherokee Boogie Chris Kumre
Close Encounters Bill Bader
Crazy Legs Greg Underwood
Dancin' With You Sal Gonzalez
Diamonds Are Forever Neil Hale
Fallsview Rock Janet Humphrey
Fat Sally Lee Arthur Smith
Heartbreak Hotel Max Perry note
Honky Tonk Twist Max Perry web
Just For Grins Jo Thompson photo
Louisisana Hot Sauce Brady et al
first international collaboration
Love Letters Hedy McAdams
One Cherokee Boogie M Burton web
OOH! AAH! Sal Gonzalez
Prairie Strut Hedy McAdams
Swamp Thang Max Perry
Swing Time Boogie S Blevins web
T T S Boogie Michael Barr
Uno, Dos, Tres (13MWZ) S McClure
Whiskey Brush Michael Barr

1997
1997 current dances June
1997 Feb dance floor chat
1997 April dance floor chat
1997 Bay Area classics
1997 Bay Area favorites
June 1997 HorseShoe Club report
CQS Black & White Ball - report
Horseshoe Club - lesson report
Along For The Ride Terry Hogan web
Alligator Shoes Terry Hogan
Chevy Sal Gonzalez
Chomping At The Bit Larry Bass
Desert Sands Cha Cha Sal Gonzalez
Electric Reel R& R Padden
Front Row Attitude Neil Hale
Hey Bruce Michael Barr
Hurricane (T&G) Sal Gonzalez
Irish Waltz Simon Ward
Jambalaya Ian StLeon
Jose'Cuervo '97 Max Perry
Lazy 8 Waltz Knox Rhine
MMM-Bop Kelly Kaylin
M.I.B. James O. Kellerman
One Toke Over the Line Neil Hale
Pencil Thin Mustache C Skeeters
Razor Sharp Stephen Sunter web
Ribbon of Highway Neil Hale
Ride That Train Scott Blevins
First dance to funky rap music!
Running Bear Neil Hale
Shamrock Shake R& R Padden
Shimmy Shack Shuttleworth/Ward
Shipwrecked Hedy McAdams
T-Bone Shuffle Peter Metelnick web

1998
1998 Golden Gate Classic report
Oakdale fun festival report
1998 Reedley dance festival report
first dance videos published May 1998
1998 Bay Area favorites
1998 Pismo Report
1998 Desert Sands Report
1998 Tarheel Festival Report
1998 OZ/NZ Tour Report
Alane Hellen O'Malley
All-Right-A Michael Barr
Backstreet Attitude Jamie Davis
Brown-Eyed Girl Hedy McAdams
Coastin' Ray & Tina Yeoman
Conrado Cha Cha Rob Ingenthron
Cuban Heels Terry Hogan
Dancin' With You Sal Gonzalez
Dangerous J Robinson note web
Dizzy Jo Thompson
Ghost Train Kathy Hunyadi web
Got To Be Funky Dee Beecham
I See It Now Michele Burton web
Into The Arena M Vera-Lobos web
Madly Off In All Directions M Perron
Mama's Lil' Baby Charlotte Skeeters
Mucara Walk John Steel
Patient Heart M Vera-Lobos web
Peace Train Julie Molkner
Por Ti Sere Jo Thompson
Pot of Gold Liam Hrycan
Power Surge Stephen Sunter
Red Hot Salsa Christina Browne
Remember When Sydney Dancers
Senorita Sway Michele Perron
Southern Streamline Mack Apaapa
Stroll Along Cha Cha J&J Sandham
Sunset Stampede Ian StLeon
Still The Same Hedy McAdams
Strait Cha Cha Sal Gonzalez
Sweet Temptation Terry Hogan
Switchblade USA J Robinson
Titanic Simon Ward
Too Much Fun Terry Hogan
Unbelievable Ian StLeon

 

1999
1999 competition dances klamath Falls
1999 Vancover Jamboree report
1999 Danville Goes Country report
1999 top 20 dances Summer
Line Dance Legitimate Art form?
1999 OCDC workshop w/LOU ANN
1999 Bay Area favorites
1999 BnB workshop report
Tamworth 1999 photo report!
1999 Desert Sands report
Abracame J Shuttleworth
After Midnight J McDonald web
Begin The Beguine C Skeeters
Best Friends C&E Hutchinson
Completely Hogan/O'Dwyer
Dance Away the Night C&E Hutchinson
D.N.T.O. Michele Perron
Down On The Corner P Metelnick
Fill My Life Charlotte Skeeters
God Bless The Child Simon Ward
Have Fun Go Mad Scott Blevins
Husbands and Wives Hutchinsons
Hustle Bustle Betty Clarke
Jive Walkin' John Robinson
Islands in the Stream Karen Jones
Jai' Du Boogie Max Perry
Larger Than Life Simon Ward
Now or Never Kathy Hunyadi web
Mambo #5 Machado/Lee web
Perhaps Chris Kumre
Picnic Polka David Paden
Quando When Quando Teresa/Vera
Rose Garden Jo Thompson
Rhumba Ride Larry Bass
Sometime When J Synder
Storybook Endings Neil Hale
Sunset Stampede Ian StLeon
Syncopated Rhythm R & M Fowler
Whole Lotta Peppas Neil Hale

2000
April 2000 Red Hot Kickin' Event
2000 July top 20 dances
Blue Finger Lou Perry/Kinson
Booty Shakin' Patrick Fleming
Bottle It Up Linda Nyffeler
Crush JP Potter
Does YourMother Know? C Skeeters
Flying High Jan Wylie
Hasta Manana C Skeeters
Hideaway Cha Thompson et al
Hot Potato John Robinson
Mack the Knife R McEnaney web
Reet Petite The Lady in Black
Runaway Carmel Hutchinson
She Bangs Hillbilly Rick
T.G.I.F. Perron/Thompson
Wait A Minute Warren Mitchell
Who Did You Darlin' Kevin & Maria


2001
2001 Hawaii Line DANCE experience
2001 Golden Gate Classic report
Redwood Coast Event report
Toowoomba Australia report
L V Dance Finale report
The Saddlerack closes
@The Hop Carmel Hutchinson
All My Heart Bill Bader
Body In Motion Peter Metelnick
Brucie Scott Blevins
Callin' from the Heart Michele Burton
Chill Factor Whittaker/Westhead
Déja Vu JP Potter
Dreams to Share D & J Miranda
Enchantment Jo Thompson
Heal the World C Skeeters note
Hold Your Horses Kinson/Mickers
Like it or Lump It S Ward
Jukebox Jo Thompson
Midnight Rendezvous Barr/Burton
M.J. Moves Perron/Thompson
Mony Mony Maggie Gallagher
Pick A Pocket Jan Wyllie
River of Dreams Charlotte Skeeters
Some Girls Yvonne Anderson
Uh-Oh Max Perry
When You Walked In In Peter Fry


2002
Toowoomba 2002 report
Redwood Coast festival report
Pismo Beach my last experience
Crush Country Fall Fling report
April popular dances
And They Danced Peter Metelnick
American Pop Michele Burton
Basha Michele Perron
Candlelight JP Potter
Chihuahua Yvonne Anderson web
City Limits Yvonne Anderson
Come Dance With Me Jo Thompson
Cowboys Don't Cry Michele Perron
Cowgirls & Switches Scott Blevins
D.H.S.S. Gaye Teather
Drawbride Rendezvous Whipple/Neel
Everlast JP Potter
Evergreen Karen Hunn
Hot Temptation MIL
Irresistible Metelnick/Biggs
Just A Kiss Robbie McGowan Hickie
I Remember Tracie Lee
I Said I Love You Teresa & Vera web
Kick N' Drag Larry Bass
Mama Jazz Bill Bader
Phloor Philla McWherter/Stevens
Rio Diana Lowery
Shakira Simon Ward
Shakatak Kata Sala web
Sorrento Perron/Perry
Southern Cross Cha Cha Bill Bader
Southern Delight Rossella Coris-Lord
Splish Splash Jo Thompson
Sweet Sweet Smile Two-Step/Scott
S.X.E. Rob Fowler
Weak in the Knees Kathy Hunyadi
West Texas Waltz Terry Hogan

2003
2003 Aloha III report
Happy B'day LineDanceFun
Fall Fling w/JP event report
Dubuque Iowa event report
February popular dances
April popular dances
June popular dances
July popular dances
August popular dances
September popular dances
October popular dances
December dances
Simon Ward visits Los Gatos Class
Another Quickie Joanne Brady
Auto-Moves Judy Cain
Baby Com' On Bev Carpenter
Beer For My Horses Christine Bass
Bye Bye Kate Sala
Cheek to Cheek Rob Fowler
Cho-co-latte Yvonne Anderson
Clean up to the Elbow G Mundy web
Cold Blooded Scott Blevins
Cool Whip Judy McDonald
Guilty MIL
Mr. President Simon Ward
Nu Flow MIL
Poetry In Motion MIL
Romantasy Metelnick/Biggs
September Jo Thomspon
Sundown Waltz R McGowan Hickie
Swing Your Chains Soares/Maguire
Wave on Wave Alan Birchall
Whatever Happens Bogan/Kline
Yeee Haaaaa! Simon Ward

2004
SIMON WARD Larger Than Life
January popular dances
February popular dances
March popular dances
June popular dances
July popular dances
August popular dances
November popular dances

All Day Long Gary Lafferty
Amazing Noel Castle
Angels Waltz Paul McAdam
Caught in the Act Ann Wood
Cheetah MIL
Crabbuckit Gerard Murphy
Do Wop Be Doo .. Gaye Teather
Doctor, Doctor MIL
Dreams of Martina Metelnick/Biggs
I'm Movin' On Craig Bennett
Imagine Bryan McWherter
Mars Attack Rachael McEnaney
On The Water Pete Harkness
Paralized Hartje/Clayton
Ready to Fly R McGowan Hickie
Side By Side Pat Stott
Speechless Tom Mickers
Slow Burn Robinson/Hunyadi
Some Beach R McGowan Hickie
Steppin' Out Max Perry
Suds in the Bucket YAnderson
Sway Carl Sullivan
Texas Max Perry
Trust Me Geri Morrison
The Way Gerard Murphy note
Under Your Spell Bracken Ellis

 

2005
January popular dances
February popular dances
March popular dances
April popular dances
May popular dances
June popular dances
July popular dances
August popular dances
Sept popular dances & FREE sheets
Oct popular dances & cruise report
Nov popular dances & Aussies in Malaysia
Dec popular dances2005 BnB 20 Reunion
2005 CQS 18 Birthday Bash
2005 KOD event report
2005 Terry Hogan - in Malaysia

After Party Maurice Rowe web
Beautiful Sunday C & E Hutchinson
Birmingham Karen Jennings
Black Horse Kate Sala
Bosa Nova Phil Dennington
note
Careless Whisper Paul McAdam
Clouds In My Eyes J Robinson
Come Tomorrow M Perron note
Fantabulous Bracken Ellis
Heartbreaker Kate Sala

Home Frank Cooper

Keep On Dancing R McGowan Hickie
Kill The Spiders Gaye Teather

Michael's Two Step Terry Hogan
Miller Magic AS&S
Nothin' But Taillights DJ Dan

Over The Rainbow Gaye Teather
Red Bandana Harlan Curtis note

Roman Holiday Max Perry
Simplemente Kate Sala

Soluna R McGowan Hickie

This Little Light Jo/Rita Thompson
Walk Back to Me Metelnick/Biggs

2006
January popular dances & UT won
February popular dances
August popular dances
JG2 Report
DanceFunTasia Report
Boogie 'Grease' Performance

All The Way R M Hickie

Break Free Cha Scott Blevins
Cherry Poppin'
Fitzgerald/Harris
Cry to Me Paul Mcadam
Crown Royal Frank Cooper
Cute! Cute! Cute! Kathy Gurdjian

Divisadero Cha Michele Burton
Don't Feel Like Dancing Patricia Stott
East to West Larry Hayden

Holding A Dream Phil Dennington

It's Up To You Kim Ray
Kisses on the Bottom Stott/Mason note

Mister Blue Andrew, Simon & Sheila note
Mr Pinstripe Simon Ward note

Red Hot Rock N Roller Gaye Teather
Rock This Party Simon Ward note
Siempre Cha Cha Phil Dennington

With These Eyes Bailey/Poulsen

2007
09 08 07 Line Dance Modern
Bill Montana retires
Tampa Line Dance Classic report
Worlds Report
A Cowboy and A Dancer Metelnick/Biggs note
A Gigolo Robbie McGowan Hickie
Atomik Polka Bastiaan van Leeuwen
Charanga Rachael McEnaney
Cowboy Mix Robbie McGowan Hickie
Crystal Clear Kate Sala
Dance For You Robbie McGowan Hickie
Don't Push Me Maggie Gallagher
Doors of Life M Barr note japanese note
Firecracker Robert Lindsey
Guardian Angel Maggie Gallagher
Head Over Heels Andrew, Simon & Sheila
Last Minute McEnaney/Warren
My Heart Is Broken Too Josefin Blomkvist
Nimby Maggie Gallagher
No. 171 Terry Hogan
Not Like That Robbie McGowan Hickie
Oh Mama Robbie McGowan Hickie note
Rebel Amor Roy Verdonk/Wil Bos
Rock This Party Simon Ward
Show Me Wot U Got Fitzgerald/Harris
Show Me Yours Maggie Gallagher
Stand By Me Cha Paul McAdam
Swing Sweet Pussy Cat Matt Oakley note
To Love Somebody Metelnick/Biggs
Thanks A Lot Noel Castle
Where Have You Gone Hutchinson/Morrill
Would You Go With Me Yvonne Anderson
ZJOZZYS FUNK! Petra v d Velden

   

A Line Dance Time Line
Early settlers arriving into the USA in the mid 1800's brought new dance steps ...non-partner dancing consisted of extemporaneous footwork - clogging, shuffling, leaping, heel clicking and 'cutting the pigeon wing' (clapping the feet together while leaping in the air) while a lone fiddler played for many or just a few. Clothes & shoes were fancy, or not ...everyone noticed, no one cared.
1924 WLS Chicago first presented the 'Barn Dance' ...an influence on country western music second only to the Grand Ole Opry

1930's "Dr. Lloyd 'Pappy' Shaw of Colorado did much of his research in Texas for his books Cowboy Dances (first published July 1939) and The Round Dance Book. He discovered and recorded dances that had never died at all; they had only been in hiding" states the author, Betty Casey, Dance across Texas published by University of Texas Press, in 1985

In the 1940's World War II servicemen were entertained at home & over seas by country-western bands and entertainers from the Grand Ole Opry ...the music for the Cotton-eyed Joe, schottische, waltzes and two-step literally influenced the World.

Ms. Casey writes "Another national phenomenon occurred in the 1970's and 1980's. The simple tried-and-true waltzes, schottisches, and other dance steps enjoyed by the first Texans, but put aside for many years, emerged into the spotlight under the name of 'country-western', 'cowboy' or just 'country' dances. Dancers nationwide even dressed the part in cowboy boots, hats, and jeans. To accommodate the singles in attendance, creative Texans resurrected old nonpartner, spoke-line dances (Cotton-eyed Joe) and invented new ones. They changed some of the formations from couple to spoke-lines and altered the steps to fit, so that lines made up of happy single dancers could link arms around each other's waists and prance or glide happily around the hall. Country music dance band programs showed a mix of schottische, polka, Cotton-eyed Joe hoedown, and Put Your Little Foot music with a touch of Bob Wills' western swing and the latest danceable Barbara Mandrell, Willie Nelson, or Mickey Gilley two-step or watlz. Dancers across the nation welcomed the new style with open arms. " Betty Casey, Dance across Texas published by University of Texas Press, in 1985. Read more about Texas folk dance. In 1979 country-western music TV specials were popular ...Hank, Waylon, Willie, etc were at the top of country charts ... western movies inspired a new look at western clothes. The 1980's movie Urban Cowboy showed John Travolta in cowboy hat, buckle and tight jeans two-steppin' in a Texas honky tonk with Debra Winger. Texas dances & country-western music & western clothes became the 'style' ...dance routines were created and shared and taught and line dancin'just came to be. Reruns of DALLAS the TV mega hit of the 70's and 80's still play in 2005.

1976
I was teaching in Florida, and was exposed to Line Dancing for the first time. There was a dance called “The Bus Stop”, and various other dances I never learned names of, but they all seemed to be danced to K.C. and the Sunshine Band’s music. There was a dance to “Shake Your Booty” and “Get Down Tonight” and several other songs ~ MAX PERRY (quoted from his article on the hustle)

The Texas Freeze
1980 Ovation Records AV-1755 (1980, USA) One of the most soulful singer/stylists in country music, Joe Sun was once called "the best singer to hit Nashville in twenty years" by Johnny Cash, and deemed a combination of Tom Waits and Hank Williams by one reviewer. Since Sun burst onto the country charts with his own mega-hit, " Old Flames (Can't Hold A Candle To You)," he continually sharpened his powerful songwriting skills. While on the Ovation label, he released three critically acclaimed albums: "Old Flames", "Out Of Your Mind", and the final one "Livin' On Honky Tonk Time" which included Bombed, Boozed and Busted ....the song that Ken Engel describes as his favorite to do to his creation of theTexas Freeze, a 16 count dance. Kenneth E. Engel (AKA Kentucky Ken) was an instructor at Mr. Lucky's in Phoenix, AZ in 1976-1978 and then at Gilley's in Texas in 1980 where URBAN COWBOY was filmed. He taught John Travolta the two-step for this movie. Ken Engel's resume. The original 16 count step sheet for the Texas Freeze written by Ken Engle circa 1980. This 16 count dance, is first described and diagrammed in Betty Casey's Dance across Texas published by University of Texas Press, in 1985 ...page 82. The word 'grapevine' was not used in the original step description & the dance started with the left foot as was the custom for a "drill" line dance. Leaning forward on the rock count ...dancers would 'freeze' for 3 counts when someone hollared out the word.

In May of 1981, the Oakridge Boys released "Fancy Free". Track #1 was "Elvira", the music that we are familar with to dance the Freeze. The Freeze is first described and diagrammed in Betty Casey's Dance across Texas published by University of Texas Press, in 1985 ...page 82. The word 'grapevine' was not used in the original step description & the dance started with the left foot as was the custom for a "drill" line dance. Leaning forward on the rock count ...dancers would 'freeze' for 3 counts when someone hollared out the word. View dance ranking  2001.

Tush Push - two authors claim credit - James Ferrazzano & Ken Engel.
James Ferrazzano: Alabama Slammer, Arkansas Stomp, Amos Moses, Carolina Stroll, Gone Young, Kansas City Stomp, Montana Four Corner, Montana Stomp, Riggins Stomp, & Oklahoma Shuffle.
Ken Engel's original steps for Tush Push and his  bio: http://www.linedancefun.com/kennethengel View dance ranking 2001.

1987 AT the Fairplex L.A. County Fair ...Doug & Cheryl Miranda (California) and their class danced Hooked On Country during their performance. Back shuffles were NEW to line dance and the music was to Albert Coleman and the Atlanta Pops Orchestra ...Just Hooked on Country AND the crowd went wild! This dance was Doug Miranda's first choreography to be seen and then taught as a dance.

1988 Steve Earle released "Copperhead Road"; The album's only commercial U.S. single was "Copperhead Road" - targeted exclusively to rock radio. This music inspired the classic line dance Copperhead Road,creator unknown. View dance ranking 2000 And 2001.

1989 Cruisin' (Neil Hale, California) was choreographed to "Still Cruisin'"from the "Still Cruisin' (After All These Years)" CD by the Beach Boys. The signature "figure 8" pattern defined this simple, single wall, beginning/intermediate level line dance, and it is easily one of the most recognizable and well known dances in the world today. Cruising' was the first internationally acclaimed choreography of its kind to be done to a non-Country/Western song. It is conceptually simple, and it can be danced to a variety of rhythms, including a variety of Latin and Swing. It continues being taught and enjoyed in venues wherever line dancing is done, and - in a poll conducted in England in October, 2000 Cruisin' by Neil Hale, was voted the "Best Known" line dance in the world. View dance ranking  2000 And 2001.

1989 Marcia Griffiths (along with Bunny Wailer) recorded the "Electric Boogie", a pop hit in the U.S. This music inspired a variation of the Freeze ...we call the Electric Slide. View dance ranking 2000 And 2001.

1991 Mustang Sally was choreographed to "Mustang Sally" by the Commitments. This cover of an older Rhythm & Blues tune by Wilson Pickett had an especially pronounced backbeat and - by this time - there were other choreographers experimenting with similar non-Country/Western, and generally more danceable, music. Mustang Sally, by Neil Hale, is a spirited, two wall, 48 count, intermediate level line dance.

1992 "Achy Breaky Heart" recorded by Billy Ray Cyrus "burst on the radio airwaves in the spring of 1992. The catchy, rhythmic tune became a national phenomenon that summer, igniting a dance craze (Achy Breaky Heart by Melanie Greenwood), a hit video and pop crossover airplay." The lyrics were automatically sung by nearly every dancer while doin' this line dance ....sometimes up to 4 times each night at venues around the world! View dance ranking 2001. This dance was named Achy Breaky Heart and then became "The Achy Breaky".

1992 Bar Room Romeo created by Ron (Doc) Holliday and written to music played by a local Fresno, CA band, but most instructor/DJ's used the Forester Sisters track entitled "Redneck Romeo" from their "I Got A Date" album released in 1992. In 1993, Dolly Parton asked Billy Ray Cyrus & friends to sing in her hit single "Romeo". In 2002, "Romeo" continues to bring dancers on the floor for Bar Room Romeo.

1992 Linda Lu, created by Neil Hale in 1992, was originally done to a Lee Greenwood cover of the older Rhythm & Blues tune "Linda Lu," by Ray Sharpe. Unbeknownst to the choreographer at the time was the fact that the Lee Greenwood CD, "Loves On The Way", from which it was taken had gone out of print and was no longer available. Linda Lu thus remained a regional only hit until 1993 when the song was covered again by Ricky Van Shelton on the "A Bridge I Didn't Burn" CD. The tempo of this cover was quite a bit faster than Lee Greenwood's version, and Linda Lu was quickly embraced by an enthusiastic Australian line dance community (seen here in a video lesson) where it remained one of the their top dances for years. Neil Hale's bio: http://www.linedancefun.com/neilhale

1992 Waltz Across Texas created by Lois and John Nielson. Ernest Tubb, Willie Nelson & Charlie Daniels released their tune "Waltz Across Texas" 10/23/92. In 2002, dancers still do Waltz Across Texas or Jo Thompson's Midnight Waltz as a floor split when any waltz music is played. The Nielson bio: http://www.linedancefun.com/nielson View dance ranking  2001.

1993 Hot Tamales - The Up-tempo Country/Western tune "Country Down To My Soul" by Lee Roy Parnell from his "on The Road" CD, released in October 1993, provided a perfect and irresistible opportunity for Neil Hale to assure C/W purists that he had not abandoned his roots, and that he was still Country "down to his soul." The twangy, and at time searing, guitar solo provided the perfect backdrop for yet another signature Neil Hale move, the 8 count Hot Tamales' shoulder shimmies. Hot Tamales, a 64 count, two wall, up-tempo intermediate line dance was taken on tour to Australia in 1996 and to Great Britain in 1997 where it met with sweeping and instantaneous success on both continents. Hot Tamales became a regional hit the moment it was taught & remains a San Francisco Bay Area standard at the start of the new millennium. Hot Tamales is the first choreography to be listed on international top ten line dance charts 3 full years after its creation. View dance ranking 2000 And 2001. In 1998 Linedancer Magazine announced their namonations of the year ...Hot Tamales was nominated for Dance of the Year!

1993 Jo Thompson created Midnight Waltz ...a 48 count, 4 wall line dance done to any slow to medium tempo waltz music. Midnight Waltz continues to be used in country western line dance competitions around the world ...it is on schedules for 2002 competitions. View dance ranking 2001.

1993 The 90s country group Twister Alley started playing traditional country music at Gilley's but soon developed into more high-energy country. The group is quoted as saying their techno-country single, the furiously paced "Dance", from their 1993 album "Twister Alley" was too outlandish for country radio in 1993. Jo listed "Dance" as a music choice for her Dance Ranch Romp she wrote in 1993.

1994 Cowgirls' Twist - Bill Bader of Vancouver, BC. This line dance was performed by more than 3700 dancers on July 4, 1996 in Redwood City, CA that won the 1996 Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Line Dance. Bil's bio: http://www.billbader.com

1994 Cha Cha Lengua, Neil Hale's slow, stylish, intermediate level line dance was choreographed to "Un Momento Alla" from the self-titled "Rick Trevino" CD released in February, 1994. Like Hot Tamales, Cha Cha Lengua owes much of its popularity to dance stylist and choreographer, Michele Burton, who - with her dance team, "The Derringer Dancers" - paid the ultimate tribute to Neil Hale by incorporating these dances into their performances both live and on video. Cha Cha Lengua is the first internationally acclaimed choreography to be danced to a non-Country/Western song in a language other than English. View dance ranking 2000 And 2001.

1994 When The Tractors sing ...Baby Likes To Rocket It (to a boogie woogie choo choo train) Rock It by Hillbilly Rick Meyers is THE dance. A beginner level 48 count, 2 wall dance, the Rock It is still requested and filling the floor summer 2002. Hillbilly Rick's bio: http://www.hillbillyrick.com

1995 Smokey Places written by Michele Perron in January 1995. Smokey Places is the first internationally acclaimed Rumba line dance ever choreographed to country music. "Smokey Places" by Ronnie McDowell is the #6 track on the album "I'm Still Missing You" released in 1988. The original step sheet for this 32 count, four wall, beginner plus level line dance is also signed in "Thanks" by Ronnie McDowell. Dancers do Smokey Places or Neil Hale's Cruisin' as a floor split whenever cha cha music is played. Michele Perron's bio: http://www.micheleperron.com View dance ranking 2000 And 2001.

1995 Fly Like A Bird written by Hedy McAdams to the #5 track of the same name off the 1994 "Some Change" album by blues-rock singer/songwriter Boz Scaggs. The Fly Like A Bird signed step sheet chronologically lists the awards this dance has won. View ranking in 2000 And 2001. Hedy's comments conerning this dance.

1995 Black Dresses was Michael Barr's first choreographed dance. It debuted in 1995 to a song of the same name by Steve Kolander. The best cut came off the CDX compilation (Vol. 100 January 1995). Although it is on his CD named, Steve Kolander, the CDX cut has more orchistration for a better dance cut. Black Dresses debuted at the 1995 Golden Gate Classic, this brought the 48 count 4 wall line dance to the attention of Charlotte Skeeters and Neil Hale. Charlotte decided to teach the dance downunder and it was taught in the UK which brought Michael into the world arena. View dance ranking 2000.

1996 Choreography taught in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1996.

1996 Cruise Control - Neil Hale, took first place at the first Annual CWDI International Choreographers' Competition. Cruise Control is a 32 count, one-wall, fast-paced, line dance done to "All Over But The shoutin'" by Shenandoah from their somewhat difficult to find CD, "Now and Then" released in April, 1996.

1996 Swamp Thang - written by Max Perry and danced to "Swamp Thing" by The Grid. The 1994 hit song is a mixture of banjoes blended with techno. A purely mechanical performance that sounded like live music. View ranking in 2000 And 2001. Max Perry wrote an enlightening artice on hustle line dance in 1996.

1996 Swing Time Boogie written by Scott Blevins to "Swing City", track #1 on the album "Swing City" by Roger's Brown --the first artist to meld the big band swing sound with country music. Swing Time Boogie is the first internationally acclaimed choreography to be danced to phrased music. In May, 2003 Scott had a packed floor at TWO separate workshops for this classic 'Hall of Fame'line dance at Doug & Jackie Miranda's Bonanaza Bash in Ontario, CA Scott taught this dance by request as an 'oldie' at the 2004 JG2 Marathon.

1996 Ricky Martin released his album "A Medio Vivir" which was Latin in focus with "a tinge of rock " in 1995. Sherry McClure wrote Uno, Dos, Tres (aka 13 MWZ), a 32 count, 4 wall intermediate line dance in 1996 to track #3 "Maria" ...this latin music with rock influence inspired the explosive creation of Latin rhythm line dances still being written at the beginning of the new millenium. View dance ranking in 2001.

1996 The first dance to achieve mega hit status written in collaboration was Louisisana Hot Sauce by Gordon Elliott (Australia), Joanne Brady, Max Perry and Jo Thompson (USA).

1997 Choreography taught in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997.

1997 M.I.B. (Men In Black) written by James O. Kellerman is done to pop rap music. It won Will Smith a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance.


1997 Ride That Train written by Scott Blevins was the first dance to funky rap music. I learned the dance in 1997 from 'Becky' who was teaching at the Wild West in Bloomington. The U of I dancers were on the floor that night and I remember thinking ..I sure wish we had cowboys like these on our floors back home! I brought the dance back to the bay area and it was taught at the Y in Palo Alto by Michael Barr ...but the music and the dance were too 'young' for the mature aged bay area dancers. It was a hit across other parts of the USA. Scott mailed me a signed copy of his dance per my request.

1997 Running Bear, the song, was initially recorded by Johnny Preston, but it was covered by the Dean Brothers in August, 1996 when it appeared on their "On The Right Tracks" CD. The clean, predictable, but slightly uneven phrasing of the song provided an opportunity to experiment with a slightly uneven phrasing of the song provided an opportunity to grandstand with that rare, clean break at the end of the song. Running Bear, along with Ribbon of Highway, has been featured in the UK's Linedancer Magazine's Blasts From The Past. Running Bear by Neil Hale is a fun, crowd-pleasing dance that is also popular in New Zealand and with the very vibrant dance community in Hong Kong.

1997 Ribbon of Highway represents a departure from most of Neil Hale's choreography in that it is done to a Two Step rhythm from the song of the same name by Scooter Lee off her "Moving On Up" CD. Both Ribbon of Highway and Running Bear, by Neil Hale, owe much of their success to the exposure these dances were given by Scooter Lee and The Dean Brothers for whose songs these line dances were created. View dance ranking 2000 And 2001.

1997 Pencil Thin Mustache was the dance that started Charlotte Skeeters (California) hit parade ... view dance ranking  2000.  This 2 wall, 64 count intermediate line dance done to the cover of the same name by Jimmy Buffet, took 2nd place in New Line Dance Choreography at the 1997 Desert Sands Festival in Las Vegas, NV.

1997 From the first teach of Hey Bruce ...this 48 count 2 wall line dance hooked the dancer. The weird name, the pulsing song and the arm movements hit a spot dancers were ready for. The driving beat of the song, The Heat is On, by La Bouche (Sweet Dreams CD), got the attention of the dancer. Originally done to My Girl and then Hey Baby (name comes from the last few words on the song Hey Baby), both off the Alabama CD, "Dancin' on the Boulevard", the dance needed a true Hustle piece of music. With The Heat is On the dance took off. Bringing the Hustle count to the line dancer was the motivation. Hey Bruce garnished a number of awards in Canada and at Worlds held in Nashville, TN in 1998. Michael Barr taught Hey Bruce by request as an 'oldie' at the 2004 JG2 Marathon.

1998 Choreography taught in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1998.

1998 Got To Be Funky was created by USA choreographer Dawn Beecham. She taught her newly created beginner dance in a workshop in October 1998 at the Tarheel Classic in North Carolina ...the 'funk' music (Everything I Do) Got To Be Funky by blues singer Maurice John Vaughn from his album "In The Shadow Of The City" brings dancers on the floor at both socials and country/western bars across the world. It only took TWO months for this 32 count, 4 wall easy intermediate dance - Got To Be Funky to hit the top ten line dance ballots throughout the world. It was still strong in country/western bar venues summer of 2002 and continuing summer of 2007. View ranking in 2000 And 2001.

1998 Dizzy - Jo Thompson, USA written especially for Scooter Lee's "Movin' On Up" album. "Dizzy" (country dance mix version) ...the lyrics are automatically sung by nearly every dancer while doin' Dizzy ....I know sometimes up to 4 times a night at venues around the world ...in 1998 - 1999. This dance still shows up on request lists at festivals ...summer of 2001. View dance ranking 2000 UK And 2001. It still fills the floor when called in the San Francisco bay area in 2005.

1998 Mama's Lil' Baby - Charlotte Skeeters (CA. This 4 wall, easy intermediate dance done to Shortenin' Bread, The Tractors placed 4th in New Choreography competition at the '98 Jamboree BC - Canada. View dance ranking 2001.

1999 Choreography taught in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1999.

1999 Jai' Du Boogie - Max Perry, USA written especially for Scooter Lee's music of the same name. Max Perry's bio: http://www.maxperry.net View ranking 2000 And 2001.

1999 What's Your Name - Michael Barr, CA. A big fan of Delbert McClinton, Michael found the well phrased song off McClinton's "The Great Songs Come Together" CD. The song, Why Me, is often used as the name of the dance. The 64 count 4 wall dance is a fun pattern that finishes with a 16 count traverse of the dance floor. With a few awards around the line dance world, What's Your Name has earned it's spot in time. View dance ranking 2000 And 2001.

1999 Whole Lotta Peppas, true to its name, is an up-tempo, intermediated level, 48 count, two-wall line dance. It is done to a Salsa rhythm, "The Cup of Life" (Spanish Radio World Cup" Edit) by Ricky Martin from the self-titled "Ricky Martin" CD. Latin Rhythms were the rave of the dance floor at this time, and Whole Lotta Peppas, by Neil Hale, represented one of many Latin line dances that provided a refreshing, much-needed, and stimulating boost to the international line dance scene.

1999 Storybook Endings, is a 3/4 time waltz line dance done to "Someone Must Feel Like A Fool Tonight" by Kenny Rogers. It is from the somewhat hard to find - but still available - "Back Home Again" CD that was released in November, 1991. The dance is one wall, easy to learn, and conceptually simple. The appropriately entitled "Storybook Endings" represents what may be the culmination of a string of very successful line dances by Neil Hale. They have spanned the final decade of the century, and will most certainly continue being enjoyed many years into the new millenium by line dancers throughout the world.

 

 © 2006 DorisVolz.com This is my personal site; all opinions are mine; all rights reserved. comments go to doris@linedancefun.com

 

Doris Volz is a San Francisco Bay Area dancer (my bio), writer & publisher of LineDanceFun. com (first published in June, 1996 - an archived page from 1998) In 1994, she began attending  weekly line dance classes taught by Hedy McAdams, Michael Barr, Neil Hale, and Charlotte Skeeters before they were line dance choreographers ...with the exception of Neil Hale! Neil had been Mr. Cruisin' since 1989! His Linda Lu, Hot Tamales, Cha Cha Lengua and Cruisin' were on 'local' country western bar instructors line dance schedules in the early 1990's.  (What I was learning in weekly line dance lessons in 1996)
LineDanceFun exists to preserve California line dance history. The inspiration came from the published UK Survey first conducted in 2000 that ranked Neil Hale's  Cruisin' as the 'best known' line dance in the world AND Betty Casey's Dance Across Texas ...the book that inspired me to continue writing line dance event reports. As published in her book ...In 1895 dancers shared the same excitement and experiences as we do at the turn of the new millennium ...read about a social that happened Valentine's Day 1895.
In 1997, LineDanceFun was the first website to offer a video clip of a line dance lesson. The .avi file is documented here. The website hit stats from March of 1997. In 1999 audio files were presented AND More Line Dancin' On Line video clips were made available.

What makes for a great line dance event? Here is feedback from 2002 that still holds in 2007.

Becoming a webmaster and creating LineDanceFun.com was so much fun, nearly as much as being a line dancer.
In 2003 I began teaching line dances. Many dancers and instructors have helped me in this journey, even when they didn't know that they were. Original webpage from 2000
Saratoga Social: Playlist July 2003 Playlist/teaches from September 2004. Winter 2005.
Many lessons, conversations, and many answered questions, have given me ideas that have taken hold ...even a dropped phrase ...I am so thankful for all of these dancers who have helped mold me into who I am today. I couldn't have done any of this without the support of my husband, who has listened to me talk and talk and then installed the 'software' or gave me the confidence to do what I do. The FAll of 2007; he helped me make the decision.
August 2007 - marked the 4th and final year of my weekly 'Come Dance With Me' Saratoga inter/adv line dance social.
January 2006 marked my addition of a beginner lesson/social at the Westhope Senior Center in addition to the Intermediate/Advanced lesson/social at the Saratoga Senior Center and the utilization of my Bose SoundDock/Ipod music system in my classes. February 2006 playlist for Westhope Dancers - Bosa Nova was the teach!
By the beginning of 2007 the beginner class became fully intermediate.
November 2007- Line Dancing was deemed not a "core senior activity" at Saratoga Senior Center; I ended my teaching at that venue. The fees that were imposed during the Fall session were nearly doubled and higher than other local centers.
Westhope Presbyterian Church understands that ministering to seniors is a necessity. Bringing fulfillment through exercise of body and mind plus providing social interaction
is what I am called to do.
Dancing is a ministry; I am so blessed to be called teacher. We are so lucky to have a venue that supports us.
March 2006 - I can teach steps and patterns but one day you will be dancin' to the music and you will note the difference. Look up and start singing the words! ~ Doris
April 29, 2004 Line Dance Fun received the one millionth hit and on March 11, 2006 - the 2 millionth hit.
The number one downloaded file is the line dancing dog in competition ... dancin' dog video clip. Carolyn Scott & her golden Retriever Rookie performing in canine freestyle. 'He's a A good dog, fanastic dancer' ...read more of their powerful story.

07272007 Both DorisVolz.com and LineDanceFun.com are w/PHPWebhosting.com The counter was removed 2.5 million hits.
To stream LIVE radio broadcast from the central coast of NSW, Australia ...hit the 'on air' button at this website:
http://www.bigcountryradio.com.au/
...click on their live playlist ...it gives the name of the song and the artist!

..a just for fun video clip ...a blonde officer giving a sobriety test to a cowboy
...a just for fun video clip ...a dancing car that looks very much like Judas Prius (2005)
Watch Line Dancing Cowboys on ice. This video was running on LineDanceFun on March 11, 2006 when the counter hit the 2 million mark
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Been line dancing since the early 90's? You WILL recoginize the music & the moves to some of our most famous line dances!

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