Join us every Wednesday night for Line Dancing at Panthers Penrith. The night will kick off with your very talented teacher, Mark Simpkin from Southern Cross Line Dancers, teaching beginner dances from 6pm to 7.30pm. As everyone warms up we will then kick off with intermediate dances from 7.30pm to 9pm. Simply purchase your ticket at reception and present to Nigel on the night to participate.
When: Every Wednesday night
Time: 6pm to 9pm
Where: TC’s Sports Bar, Level 1
Cost: Members $5 | Visitors $10 (Kids FREE with paying adult)
About Mark Simpkin
Mark Simpkin owns and runs Southern Cross Linedancers. He is the Event Director for the NSW Open LineDANCE Championships. Mark teaches 7 weekly beginner classes and 10 Intermediate classes across Sydney. Mark runs at least 4 Socials a month. He is an Award Winning Choreographer.
What is Line Dancing?
So, what is line dancing? A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows. All of these dancers are facing either each other or in the same direction, and executing the steps at the same time. Unlike circle dancing, line dancers are not in physical contact with each other.
Some popular line dances include:
- Gangnam Style
- The rather infamous chicken dance
- Cotton Eyed Joe
- Coyboy Boogie
- The Macarena
- Electric Slide
- Cupid Shuffle
- Cha Cha Slide
- Walkin’ Wazi
It is hard to pine point when and where, or who was responsible for the creation of line dancing. Everyone has a theory it seems and they are all different.
Some say line dancing first started in the United States of America, some say in either the late 1970s or the early 1980s, no-one knows for sure. Due to this timeline, it is said that line dancing descended from the disco era, specifically contemporary disco. Although, others say it finds its roots in hold dances.
Some believe that in the 1800s, European immigrants travelling to North America bought with them different cultural traditions, such native dances as the polka and waltz, whose movements joined and evolved into ’round dancing’ or ‘square dancing’. Some believe that this is where the steps used in country line dancing started.
Early line dances were performed to country and western music as well as disco music. Hardly any of the line dances in the beginning had any origin to country dancing.
A great thing about line dancing is that since it started, it has encouraged everyone, no matter your income, race, gender or age to dance together and have fun.