How to Line Dance: Line Dancing Lessons for Beginners
Line Dance DVDs: You start at "What is Line Dancing?" & end knowing how to Line Dance!
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*Brand New* Club Line Dance Videos
If your main objective is to learn the hottest line dances out there and to do it right on the first go-round, Club Line Dances 1&2 is for you! This is a brand new set of line dance lessons specially designed for beginners. You'll literally go from being a first-time line dancer to a competent happy-go-lucky line dancer who'll be itching for more because of how much fun you're having. Is it the best line dance lessons you'll find anywhere? Absolutely. Bar None. No comparison. Without a doubt.
What line dances are included? It starts w/Shawn teaching one of the most beloved dances from recent years, the Cupid Shuffle. Then, you'll learn the Electric Slide & get ahead of everyone who's been faking it for years. Next, you learn the Cotton Eyed Joe, Tush Push & the new Two-Step Line Dance. Then, you learn The Wobble, a fun dance to Footloose & the Cha-Cha Slide. It's enough material to make your next outing one you'll NEVER forget & you'll actually KNOW the dances and not have to pretend.
Video Review of Shawn's
Brand New Beginner Line Dance DVDs: Club Line Dances 1 & 2
The Most Trusted LINE Dance Lessons
from an Instructor that Truly Teaches!
Learn to Line Dance to Country Music without Crazy Cheerleader-Style Lessons or Fast-Paced Nonsense
Start line dancing w/lessons that should be REQUIRED for ALL beginners!
Don't let your friend talk you into going to so-called "beginner line dance lessons" &, for goodness sakes, don't learn to line dance on youtube! There are so many ways to fail by taking this route & you'll simply think 'it's not for you' before you ever even get started.
Line dancing is easy for beginners, if taught right! You can be up, dancing & having fun just minutes after starting if it's done the right way. Below is a complete beginner course of line dance lessons that teaches you everything you need to get started & look good!
Line Dance DVDs & Why They Work (below).
Learn all about line dance lessons & how Shawn Trautman’s exclusive Line Dance Mastery System & Club Line Dances series will put you in the driver's seat! Once you get the hang of line dancing through our highly effective system, you'll be ready to enjoy a lifetime of movement, music & line dancing fun!
"These line dance DVDs are the BEST for beginners & I've tried them all. Shawn is very easy to listen to, watch & learn from!"
- Gayle Parrish, Atlanta, GA
Which Line Dance Lessons are Best?
It's no secret that most people first line dance by 'getting out there and trying it' only to feel like a complete fool afterwards. Often times, those people then resort to either going to the 'beginner' class at the club or rec center or they go on youtube to try to learn on their own. Both of these are BAD strategies if you truly want to learn how to line dance. You see, your chance of total outright failure dramatically increases if you go to a class that's not specifically for first-time beginners or if you try to follow a video on youtube where you start out by thinking "that would be fun to learn" instead of starting at the very beginning. Here's a quick breakdown in bullet-form of learning to line dance using traditional methods, on youtube, and through Shawn Trautman line dance DVDs:
Traditional Line Dance Lessons
- Hard to find an actual beginner class
- Specific time & place make scheduling difficult
- Class doesn’t wait for you if you don’t get it
- Difficult to see instructor
- Nothing to practice with after class
- Easy to get distracted
- High failure rate
Line Dance Lessons on YouTube
- Where do you begin?
- Everyone’s an expert… or are they?
- Load times & ads are annoying
- Instructor is facing you
- Must flip instruction around to dance it
- Dances are shown 1x at near warp-speed
- 1,000s of diff. versions – which one is right?
Line Dance Lesson DVDs (Trautman)
- Only best dances make the DVDs
- Instructor teaches same direction
- WYSIWYD Method is easy to follow
- Plenty of Practice Time so you get it
- Can stop & rewind at any point
- Easy to find & replay as a review
- Step-by-Step breakdowns of all dances
Not All Line Dance DVDs are Created Equal
There are many different options to go with once you realize learning to line dance on DVD is the most efficient way to go. Choose wisely! Read reviews & find people in similar situations to what you're in and see what they have to say. Look for reviews that relate to the instruction and whether or not you'll be able to learn, NOT just the number of dances they show. Anyone can put together a large number of dances and slap them on a DVD and call them instruction, but you have to think about how quickly they're taught and how fast you'll have to learn them. The DVDs below are great starting points that are VERY thorough when it comes to instruction, practice time w/music and complete step-by-step breakdowns that ensure your line dancing success:
Club Line Dances 1&2 is our brand new set for beginners. It includes 8 of the best line dances including the Wobble, Cupid Shuffle, Electric Slide, Two-Step Line Dance and many more. These line dance lessons are thorough, step-by-step and progressive so you'll have plenty of 'challenge options'.
Line Dance 101 is our all-time best-selling Line Dance Video for good reason. You'll learn over 30+ steps as well as 5 easy & fun line dances. If you want to know what every step means & how to do them with style, it's perfect & will be a great resource for you.
The Line Dance Mastery System is the ultimate mastery system for beginners as you'll start with Line Dance 101 & work your way all the way through Advanced dances. Your skill-set and confidence will be overflowing and you'll be ready for the dance floor!
What to look for with Line Dance Lessons
First and foremost, good line dance lessons for beginners require someone who understands what a beginner NEEDS to know. Many instructors FAIL to realize that the latest dances aren't always what beginners NEED to know. In fact, in most cases, they do more damage than good. Below are several other things you should look for when taking line dance lessons, regardless of whether you're learning to line dance via DVD, youtube, group class or private lessons.
Can you see your instructor or are you watching the person in front of you who has no idea either. Or, worse, is your instructor facing you?
Can you hear your instructor clearly and do they teach at your level? Be careful if you can't hear them or if they are teaching way over your head.
Is your instructor teaching so slow you're falling asleep or so fast you can't keep up? Either way, you're likely to drop out from frustration.
Does your instructor cue your steps ahead of time or simply say them while you're doing them? Listen carefully as there's a HUGE Difference!
Do you want to dance like your instructor? You will soon take on the traits of the person you're learning from, so be careful.
Does your instructor explain & show what the terms mean or just rattle off steps in the hopes you'll just know it all by osmosis?
Line Dance Lessons
...what Trautman DVDs include...
The best part about Shawn Trautman's line dance lessons is that it's universal & has an incredibly high success ratio. Cueing is one of his main ingredients & something you'll take for granted after just a few minutes. You'll love his style and appreciate the tips he gives for how you can develop your own. He explains what each step is and shows what it looks like so you won't be stuck guessing at any point during the lessons. On Trautman's line dance DVDs, you'll see every step very clearly and you'll have no problem following along (he doesn't face the screen like most other videos). The audio is clear & crisp and you'll be able to hear exactly what's coming up & what you should do at every point along the way. Last, you'll see that the speed he teaches is pretty darned close to the speed you'll be learning. If you're a true beginner, it won't be too fast and it won't be too slow... it'll be JUST RIGHT!
*Classic Country Line Dance Videos
The Line Dance 6-Pack is the Ultimate Collection of Line Dance Lessons and one everyone should experience as the instruction here will set you up for a lifetime of enjoyment! This isn't just some random group of dances, it's everything you'll need to really impress your friends and feel extremely confident each & every time you get on the dance floor.
Incredibly, you'll learn more than 30 dances, get tips, tricks & style suggestions throughout the 6 DVDs. You'll start at a complete beginner level with Line Dance 101 and then work your way through some fun favorites with the Party Line Dances DVD. From there, you'll have two Classic Country style DVDs where the dances are Essential to anyone getting into line dancing. Then, you'll kick it up a notch and work through some advanced material - but don't worry, you'll be ready by this point and you'll love what you're learning. By the end you'll be confident, extremely proud of yourself, and ready to take on any challenge you're presented with.
The Best Way To Learn!
By Sonny S
"The Line Dance 6-Pack was the best way to learn how to do many different line dances. The movements were broken down into simple easy to do steps that were easy to follow. There is practice time included after learning each line dance. It starts out with a simple line dance and builds into the more difficult ones so you are building on what you learned in the previous dance. I did it in my own home so I didn't feel awkward or self conscious about people watching me. It was easy to go back over a dance step because each dance step is labeled before you learn it. Now I know I can go out and do the line dances that are being played!"
Health Benefits of Line Dancing
Line dance is more than just a social diversion. According to recent research, line dancing provides the perfect blend of mental and physical exertion that helps to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Continual thought processes regarding steps combine with gentle exertion to keep a sharpness of mind and body. Line Dancing can also help with enhancing ones cardiovascular health, contributing to the prevention of numerous heart related diseases. Unlike many ‘high impact’ sports/activities, line dancing is considered low impact which helps in maintaining strong joints while not overextending the ligaments. In other words: research recommends Line Dancing & Shawn Trautman's Line Dance DVDs are the perfect place to start!
Why People Learn to Line Dance
Not sure why anyone would want to learn to Line Dance? Because everyone has rhythm, by George – and Shawn Trautman will help you find yours! Plus, since a partner isn’t required, line dance serves as the fundamental starting point for all dancers, and you can do it anytime, anywhere. And, let’s not forget the least technical but most obvious reason: because Line Dancing is FUN! There are so many reasons to learn line dance that we hope you’ll change your question to “Why not?” Consider the following advantages of learning this versatile skill:
It offers low-impact, bone-bearing exercise. Anyone can benefit from its coordination-building steps and gentle aerobic exertion. Instead of walking nowhere on a gym treadmill, line dancers find a social means to “move to the music” – and they get fit doing it.
No cowboy hat is required. On that note, neither are skin-tight outfits, spurs or technical dance shoes. The unspoken rule of line dance is “Come as you are.” And during your lessons with Shawn Trautman, you can even wear a sweatsuit. He won’t tell.
Shawn has eliminated the excuse “I don’t want to embarrass myself.” Now it’s easy to learn popular line dances like the Wobble, Cupid Shuffle, Cotton Eyed Joe & Electric Slide. Close your living room curtains & create an instant private line dance class.
Today it’s line dance, and tomorrow it’s the Cha Cha, Hustle, Waltz or Rhumba. Line dance is the starting point for all budding dancers, providing the fundamentals for many other steps and giving dancers the confidence to master all the world of dance has to offer.
Read below to discover the answer to
"What is line dancing?", "Which Line Dance should I learn first?"
& several other questions from line dancers just ilke you.
How to Line Dance: Beginners
Line Dancing for Seniors
Line Dancing for Kids
Line Dance Lesson DVD Multi-Pack
Line Dance Mastery System
* Exclusive Offer!*
All-inclusive line dancing DVD package with #1 beginner lessons through exhilarating advanced dances.
The most popular steps & line dances in the world packed with all the 'little things' needed for line dancing success!
Club Line Dance Starter Pack
Our LATEST and GREATEST Club Line Dances 1 & 2 DVD Set are a must-have for anyone and everyone who wants to have fun and look great on the dance floor!
DVDs in this set:
- Club Line Dances Vol 1.
- Club Line Dances Vol 2.
(not availalbe individually)
Line Dance Lesson DVDs (singles)
Couples Line Dancing 101
Couples Line Dancing 101 is a must-have for country & line dancers! Get ready to dance the Cactus Cha-Cha, Waltz Across Texas, 16 Step, Sweetheart Schottische, & the Barn Dance in minutes!
Line Dance 101
Line Dance 101 has the #1 rated Line Dancing Lessons & the easiest to follow line dancing DVD we offer. You'll learn over 30 line dance steps and 5 of the all-time most popular line dances.
Country Dance 101
Country Dance 101 is a must-have survival guide for anyone who wants to kick up their heels and dance country-style! A fun lesson & overview of line dancing, two-step, swing, and more!
Party Line Dances
If you need emergency line dance lessons for a wedding, party, cruise, or other special event, this is the DVD for you. Learn the most popular special event line dances of all-time!
Essential Line Dances Vol 1
If you've mastered Line Dance 101, then Essential Line Dances Volume 1 is your next move! Either that, or you just want to learn 7 of the most popular line dances of all time.
Essential Line Dances Vol 2
Essential Line Dances Volume 2 picks up where Volume 1 left off with more fun lessons on "Need-to-Know" line dances that every line dancer needs to have in their arsenal.
Smokin Line Dances Vol 1
Smokin' Line Dances Volume 1 is where you start getting into the "I can't believe I learned that!" kind of dances. You'll be excited to get out and show off after learning dances like the Hip Hop Line Dance.
Smokin Line Dances Vol 2
Smokin' Line Dances Volume 2 contains over 70 minutes worth of a variety of line dances that are a combination of fun, challenging, and sometimes even fast. These dances are great for exercise, stamina, quick footwork, and more!
How to Line Dance: Q&A / FAQ
New to line dancing lessons & don’t know where to start?
Whether you are looking to get a bit of fun exercise or are looking for a new way to get out of the house, Shawn Trautman will get you going quickly with fun easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on everything you need to know to line dance. Shawn Trautman is a proven instructor with students around the world singing the praises of the Shawn Trautman Instruction method. Shawn has a special affinity for line dancing and beginner line dancers in particular. Gathering knowledge and applied experience to more than 20 years of teaching line dancing into 1 phenomenally successful beginner line dance video, Shawn created Line Dance 101, the highest rated and best selling line dance DVD for beginners on the market.
Have you noticed signs or an ad for a local class? Are some of your friends pressing earnest and enthusiastic invitations to go with them? If so, please learn to line dance – it is WAY too much fun to miss. However, BEWARE BEGINNER GROUP CLASSES if you are TRULY a beginner. Chances are, most of the dancers attending the class are not beginner. They are people who have been dancing for at least a month or two and attend the beginner class because it fits with their schedule, and it has become a part of their routine. THEY ALREADY KNOW THE STEPS AND THE NAMES OF THE STEPS. Most likely, you will leave the class feeling completely inept, uncoordinated, and incapable of following a beat. NONE of these things are true: you just need FUN and STRUCTURE, and that’s what you get with the Shawn Trautman Instruction method.Rather than belly-flopping off the high dive into the shark-infested deep end of group line dance lessons, start with Shawn Trautman’s Line Dance 101. This DVD is the go-to dance lesson for you. With this one dance lesson Shawn will have you dancing 5 popular line dances in just minutes, but more importantly, while you are dancing along to those dances, your body is learning the 30 essential dance steps that every line dancer needs to know.
Basically, once you’ve mastered the line dances on Line Dance 101, and subsequently the 30 basic steps of line dancing, you are ready for anything a line dance can throw at you.
All you need now is practice. And more dances. So why not use the same structure of instruction that got you there in the first place. You need the Line Dance 6-Pack. It includes Line Dance 101, but then it takes it further… Much further.
You’ll be taken through a wide-variety of line dances and each time you complete one your confidence will go up and you’ll be ready for more. This isn’t just line dances, it’s building mastery with an incredible foundation.
The Line Dance 6-Pack is a system to get you into line dancing and to quickly build your confidence on the dance floor. It’s not an end-all, but rather, the perfect starting point.
Once you complete the DVDs, you’ll hit the dance floor running and you’ll be excited about going to class to learn other dances, dance for exercise, socialize, and have fun because you’ll know deep down that you can not just line dance, you look good line dancing, and you can line dance better than almost everyone out there.
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Which Line Dance Should I Learn First?
You’ve been out to a country night club or spent a few minutes trolling the Internet, and your eyes are starting to glaze. Every time you turn around, or click a new link, there is a new dance! No, it is not a trick of your imagination. When it comes time to choose which line dance to learn, let alone which line dance to learn first, there are literally hundreds of thousands from which to select. Where do you start??
Well, if you are ready to trust Shawn Trautman and his proven method, you need Line Dance 101 first. Let Shawn take the guesswork out of your starting point, save you hours of agonized frustration, and most likely, make Line dancing more fun and enjoyable than you ever imagined. Sound good?
With Line Dance 101 from Shawn Trautman’s Dance Collection, you are walked through the most popular beginner line dances while you master the most essential steps in line dancing. If that’s not the Line Dance Power Hour, I don’t know what is. If you follow Shawn’s easy-to-follow step by step instructions, you will be dancing along to the Electric Slide, Cotton-Eyed Joe, Slappin’ Leather, and a couple other beginner line dances in no time.
Great, now you know to start with the Electric Slide, right? Well, not so fast. Yes, the Electric Slide is a great beginner line dance, but if you just look for step sheets or a video on that particular dance, you are missing the forest for the trees. On Line Dance 101, Shawn uses each of the line dances to teach you line dance steps in a stacked learning experience that uses layers, repetition, and an exclusive instruction sequence that gets you moving quickly.
If you are feeling skeptical of Shawn Trautman and the Shawn Trautman Instruction method, check out what some of Shawn’s students have to say:
"I'm a teacher and I can tell you first-hand that Shawn is an excellent instructor. This [Line Dance 101] was my first Shawn Trautman DVD and I'll tell you it's worth taking a look at. The way Shawn presents the material is extremely easy to follow and he does a great job of breaking the dances into manageable pieces that build on top of one another. I was surprised at how easy the dances were once they were completed." -Rex G.
Around the world line dancers young and old have trusted Shawn Trautman’s Line Dance 101 and let Shawn guide them through the basics and beyond of the line dancing world. When faced with the tough choice of which dance to start with, choose Shawn Trautman and Line Dance 101 now and don’t waste another moment lost in the wild west of step sheets and line dance video clips on YouTube!
Am I the only one who doesn’t know the Electric Slide?
Rrrrgghh. Here it comes again…. The class reunion, wedding reception, holiday party, or country dancing night (somewhat ironic) is not complete without the Electric Slide. There is a multi-direction stampede – a huge crowd hustles onto the dance floor, while the remaining patrons, partygoers, and potential dancers either high-tail it for the restroom, the bar, or stay in place but with a new enthusiasm for the watery remains of their last drink.
Does everyone know the Electric Slide? Absolutely not, in fact, if you watch, you discover that probably half of the people on the dance floor don’t have a clue! Some of the people standing on the sidelines probably know it, but feel that they are too cool to do the humble Electric Slide. The rest of the crowd off of the floor doesn’t know the dance, but they want you to think that they do, but simply don’t want to do it. Sneaky, but not unexpected. There is something wonderfully freeing and fun about getting out there and grooving to Marcia Griffiths on a packed dance floor.
We’ve now established that you are not alone in your lack of Electric Slide skills. This realization brings us to the question – when does anyone actually learn this elusive yet iconic line dance? Ask your local group line dance instructor, and you’ll probably get the response that they can’t teach that – everyone knows it already! Try and watch people on the dance floor and you’ll see about 25 variations the steps that are enough to befuddle Fred Astaire. Some people are raised dancing party dances like the Chicken Dance, Electric Slide, Macarena, and more, so for them, Grapevine right, grapevine left is virtually the same as breathing. Not everyone is that fortunate! For the rest of the world, Shawn Trautman created Line Dance 101 and Party Line Dances.
If you want to learn the Electric Slide as the first of many line dances of a fun, rewarding, and fit career as a recreational line dancer, Line Dance 101 and Shawn Trautman’s Line Dance 6 Pack Dance System are a perfect fit. Read more about them on New to line dancing lessons and don't know where to start? And Why choose the Line Dance 6-Pack?.
For some of you, that’s WAY more than you ever wanted to line dance, you just want to get out and look good at wedding receptions, parties, cruise dances, and other social dance situations. For you, Shawn Trautman created Party Line Dances, a beginner line dance DVD that uses the Shawn Trautman Instruction method to provide the perfect crash course on the biggest Party Line Dances of all time – you know, the ones that never go out of style! If you want to learn how to dance a few line dances, fast, Party Line Dances will have you dancing the Electric Slide in no time. After a little bit of practice with Shawn, you will be out there looking good on the dance floor every time the familiar “Electric Boogie” plays. Also, Shawn will give you several variations and ways to spice the dance up to really make it your own.
Why Choose the Line Dance Mastery System
You are a beginner line dancer. You’re not even sure of what you don’t know, let alone how much you want to learn. Understood. Completely. Now, in your minds eye, visualize yourself a few weeks from now. You went ahead and ordered Line Dance 101, received it a few days later (a little longer if you’re outside of the United States), and you’ve used it. You’ve put it in your DVD player, stood up in front of the TV, and danced along with Shawn Trautman. In fact, you’ve used it more than once. You now know the Electric Slide, Cotton-Eyed Joe, Slappin’ Leather, Swing Time, and Ole by heart as well as all the basic steps (there’s a lot of them) you master along the way. You’re getting a feel for listening to and moving along with music… You’re starting to feel more comfortable with this whole dancing thing… You’re realizing there really is quite a bit to the whole line dancing thing, from different song styles, to speed of songs, to complexity of dances, and even to where you dance on the dance floor! You know your steps, you know several line dances, you know you LOVE line dancing… But what next?
You need more dances, more songs, and more lessons that use the same easy-to-follow step-by-step instructions to master the all-time most popular line dances. The Line Dance Mastery System will start you with Line Dance 101, then guide you through a journey of 5 other line dance lesson DVDs ranging from beginner through advanced to take you from line dance novice to proficient and confident line dancer quickly and allow you to enjoy the journey. These hand-picked dances have stood the test of time and dance floors the world over to become classics of the line dance world. No matter how basic or advanced the line dance, the Shawn Trautman Instruction method uses clear, step-by-step instructions to get you dancing quickly.
Shawn Trautman’s Line Dance Mastery System now includes more than just 6 DVDs. The time and money you will save by starting out with the Line Dance Mastery System, rather than piece-mealing line dance lessons will shock you. Better yet, because you can learn all of this at home before you go out dancing or take a class, you will LOOK GREAT FROM THE START!!
Where is the best place to learn to line dance?
The best place to learn to line dance is wherever you are comfortable, as long as you are learning with Shawn Trautman Instruction, preferably starting with Line Dance 101 and the Line Dance Mastery System. Remove the barriers to learning, the distractions, the excuses, and get up and dance with Shawn Trautman . You CAN learn to dance at home, from DVD, and Shawn Trautman’s Dance Collection is the only way to go. If you are ready to leave behind awkwardness and bad rhythm, and start your dancing success, get your Line Dance Mastery System now!
Which version of a line dance is the right version?
Have you ever argued the pronunciation of tomato (toe-mae-toe vs toe-mah-toe) or which is the most delicious: dark chocolate, white chocolate, or milk chocolate? orother such questions that lack a meaningful solution? The argument of which version of a line dance is the right version can be similarly vexing and fruitless. Yes, most line dances originate from a choreographed sequence of steps, and that would be the original version of a dance. However, in reality, line dances need to be treated more like folk tales than scientific texts.
As a social dance by definition and nature, a line dance morphs and changes as it is passed along from one instructor to the next, often leaving it difficult to determine the original movements if they weren’t well documented by the original choreographer. In cases like these, the rule of “When in Rome, do like the Romans” applies. Once you’ve mastered Line Dance 101 and the Line Dance Mastery System, changing a few steps to a dance you already know presents a fun challenge rather than a daunting task. Shawn even gives you a heads up on several versions that you’re likely to see along the way. Look at it as a way to add flavor to your line dancing.
Next time you go on a trip, or even to a dance on the other side of town, watch the dancers closely. Soon you’re going to hear a familiar song, but see a very unfamiliar dance. Watch – is it close enough to what you know to join in? Jump in – have fun! If it’s too different, whether it has evolved too far from the version you know, or is an entirely different dance choreographed to the same song, watch and enjoy. Jump in on the next one. Most of the “oldie-but-goodie” line dances, like the Electric Slide, Watermelon Crawl, Boot Scootin’ Boogie, Slappin’ Leather, One Step Forward, etc, and fairly standard regardless of where you dance, but next time you see a variation, appreciate the distinction and enjoy your night dancing!
How fast do you go through the steps?
Have you already tried a local line dance class and felt a little bit left behind? Did you find yourself spending most of your time thinking to yourself alternating thoughts of “Just a minute, I almost had that!” and “What was that again?” Did you find yourself so caught trying to figure out what the instructor’s feet were doing you entirely missed the sequence he or she called out and are now even further behind than you were before? Are you quaking at the thought of even trying to move your feet at the speed of the dancers you see on the dance floor, let along get up in front of other people and attempt to keep pace with the crowd as you learn? Have you tried a dance instruction video from someone other than Shawn Trautman and spent your entire time rewinding and replaying a section over and over?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, please continue reading. The Shawn Trautman Instruction method was created first and foremost with beginners in mind. Part of the curriculum on each of the beginner dance lesson DVDs in Shawn Trautman’s Dance Collection are paced to ease you into each movement, allow your body to adapt to new positions and motions, and provide repeated opportunities for your mind to create neuromuscular cues for each new sensation. Just as the secret’s in the sauce, it’s not just in the speed that Shawn calls out steps. There are several levels of planning, choreography, and cueing techniques that Shawn weaves together to create an optimal learning environment for his beginner students.
In the Line Dance Mastery System, you experience Shawn’s “perfect pace” lessons at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. The tempo for each of these is not the same – if Shawn taught the Hip Hop Line dance, a 96 count proverbial tongue-twisting toe-tingler of a dance from the advanced level line dance lesson Smokin’ Line Dances Volume 1 at the same tempo he coaches the Electric Slide on the top-rated beginner Line Dance 101, it would be a 3 hour DVD on one dance alone. However, when taken in context as a fun lesson designed for absolute beginners with no dance experience, Line Dance 101 provides a well-paced guided tour of the world of Line Dancing, with layered learning opportunities, practice drills, and technique tips along the way to keep both mind and body active and engaged.
If you are ready to trust Shawn Trautman and the Shawn Trautman Dance Collection with your dancing get started today with the Line Dance Mastery System.
I'm a senior and I want to learn to line dance - can you help?
When Senior Citizens start dancing The Cotton Eyed Joe, Ole’ and Slappin’ Leather, hearts race, laughs bubble to the surface and smiles are found all around. Line dancing in the golden years can be doubly rewarding, offering a chance for social interaction and gentle exercise. Shawn Trautman DVDs shown at Senior centers, community events and countless private residences inspire countless Seniors to learn to line dance.
Boot scoot that Senior boogie with world-renowned dance instructor Shawn Trautman, whose DVDs appeal to aspiring dancers of all ages. Dance is especially beneficial to Seniors for the following reasons:
- There’s no need for a partner. Jump into that line! It doesn’t matter if you’ve never met the person doing the Electric Slide next to you.
- Line dance provides a seamless social vehicle for Seniors to combine the benefits of dancing with the making of new friends.
- Learn how to line dance on your own terms. Starting with his Line Dance 101 DVD, Shawn Trautman breaks down each step from multiple camera angles and his no-nonsense instruction ensures that you’ll achieve mastery. Choose to stay in your living room and dance along, or get out of the house and join a line nearby!
- Line Dancing provides several health benefits for Seniors.
What health benefits does line dancing provide?
Line dance is more than just a social diversion. According to recent research, dancing provides the perfect blend of mental and physical exertion that helps to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Continual thought processes regarding steps combine with gentle exertion to keep a sharpness of mind and body. Dancing can also help with enhancing ones cardiovascular health, contributing to the prevention of numerous heart related diseases.
Unlike many 'high impact' sports/activities, line dancing is considered low impact which helps in maintaining strong joints while not overextending the ligaments.
Reviews by Seniors on Shawn Trautman Line Dance Learning System
"My mom and I love this one. I am 50 and she is 69. This is how we learned our 1st Line Dance. My mom had not been out to a nightclub since her early 20's. She now goes out with me and my husband about once a month to line dance. We couldn't pick it up in the clubs because they go to fast. You can truely take your time and learn each one. Then when we were comfortable we started going out. Shawn can teach old dogs new tricks. Our favorite's are: Electric Slide to "Mustang Sally", Slappin leather to "Regae Cowboy", and Cotton Eyed Joe (same song). PS It's great exercise too." Alicen H. WY
"This is BY FAR the VERY BEST dance instruction EVER. To be able to dance has literally changed our lives. My husband, who has never danced a step in his life at age 72 is now, thanks to Shawn, dance crazy.....he loves to dance any where he has the opportunity and I am the fortunate spouse to be able to dance with him. We are enjoying the best moments of our lives dancing....thanks to Shawn Trautman. Thanks, Shawn." Linda in North Carolina
"I truly enjoyed this DVD. I've gone through several other dance instruction videos and they've all been useless, Christy Lane, Teresa Mason, and Wiley Hicks). I went through this one only once and felt comfortable with the steps and the dances. Everything is easy to follow and moves at a slow pace. I also liked the way Shawn reviews the material so you don't have to keep going back and forth over each section. Great teaching method on this one!" Beverly Callen, FL
"My girlfriend and I are grandmothers trying to learn Line Dancing. I purchased this DVD and learned the dances in one afternoon, went dancing that evening and shocked the crowd. I immediately went online and ordered the Line Dancing 6-PK. Hope to see you on the dance floor. We live in Las Vegas. " L. Indoll, NV
"Thank You for the great videos - they've been very helpful! I have been taking beginner lessons at the senior center. Have told the other ladies about them and gave them your net address." Patricia C. Sun City Center, FL
Are your Line Dancing DVDs good for kids?
Absolutely! Call your children to the dance floor and they’ll drop that MP3 player or personal gaming device. With Shawn Trautman line dance DVDs, you can enjoy line dancing as a family, or simply press “play” and let the private lesson enthrall your child. Kids are all about wriggle and bounce and jump, so it’s no surprise that they make natural line dancers. Little ones of all ages love mastering Cotton Eyed Joe, Tush Push and more.
- Combine boundless energy with a thirst for knowledge and you’ve got a child primed to master line dancing. Add structure to your little one’s exuberance with Shawn Trautman DVDs and watch as they master step after step, all the while gaining coordination and confidence.
- Shawn designed his DVDs for all ages and with his step-by-step instruction and multiple camera angles, he’s made it simple for children to follow along. (Don’t be surprised if your child learns at an alarming rate – they often fast-forward to the next dance as soon as they’ve learned a skill.)
- Allow your child to achieve mastery on his own before joining a group lesson. The problem with groups is that they are never designed for the true beginner. Start with Shawn Trautman’s Line Dance 101 and Junior will understand the instructor’s directions immediately.
- Line dance encourages friendly competition. Young line dancers are quick to ask “Can you do this?” about an applejack sequence – and there’s nothing they like better than teaching that step to a friend.
Reviews on Kids Dancing with Shawn Trautman’s Line Dance Learning System
"My daughter wanted to learn to dance. I looked for live dance lessons locally, but dance lessons weren't provided for her age. I found Shawn's line dance DVD for beginners and bought it. I had done some line dancing over ten years ago while dating, but I had forgotten everything because I got married and stopped dancing. I remember the frustration I had picking up dance steps at the dance hall. It was hard to hear the dance instructors and hard to see the instructors feet (lots of people were blocking my view). In my opinion Shawn's DVD is much better than live dance lessons. He clearly demonstrates basic dance steps for each line dance and provides alternate dance steps to spice it up. It is easy to hear him talk and it is easy to see his feet. The beautiful thing about the DVD format is that I control the pace of the instruction. Shawn's instruction is easy to follow; however, I keep the remote control for the DVD player handy and push the review button if I need to see something over again. I don't feel pressure which makes it fun. Shawn also injects some humor in his instruction which keeps me smiling. I originally bought it for my daughter, but my whole family has gotten involved. I highly recommend Shawn Trautman's Line Dance 101 DVD. You will be able to line dance." J. Tennant
"Just as the first volume, this volume shows you the step-by-step dance moves at different angles at a very good pace. This will add to and build on the dances in your dance repertoire. My children even danced with me and were keeping up and having a great old time! The instructor doesn't leave you hanging and explains everything clearly. What's also nice, once you've mastered the basics, he adds special moves at the end that can make you look like you've being doing it forever and that gives you the freedom to improvise some things on your own. I really recommend this DVD for anyone who wants to learn how to country line dance. They really do these dances out on the dance floor, so it's stuff you can use and apply in real life!" - Anntette W.
"Excellent dance instruction for someone like me who is pretty much a novice. I had to learn some basic steps quickly for a wedding so this video was an outstanding tool for me. It was quick, easy and fun. Even my kids learned a few moves. I highly recommend this video and I will certainly check out Shawn's other products." Joseph Niksich
"Love the dvd! I have made it my goal that my sons learn to dance...period. I don't want them to be embarrassed and shy at a club or any dance venue! At first my oldest was hesitant, but by the end of the dvd, was asking to experiment and practice! He even has his favorites...knowledge is truly power! Awesome instruction...thank you for making it so darn easy" Allison P. NYC
"Basic and fun! I work at a School for Children and Adults with Severe Disabilities. We are constantly looking for new dance steps for our PE class. I ordered the DVD for one of our staff. She is using it to learn and then teach the steps to the students. We feel the instruction is basic enough for our students and fun for the staff." Matytilda
"I purchased this video for our church youth group to help teach them how to line dance. We requested permission from the copyright owner to show it to our youth at our church and they gave us permission. The video was great and the youth had a great time learning how to line dance. The instructions are clear and Shawn Trautman takes you through all the steps including variations of a line dance. I would definitely recommend this video for those who want to learn how to line dance."E. Stewart, OH
Why Line Dance
Why learn to Line Dance, indeed? Because you’ve got rhythm, by George – and Shawn Trautman will help you find it. A partner isn’t required, line dance serves as the fundamental starting point for all dancers, and you can do it anytime, anywhere. Plus, let’s not forget the least technical but most obvious reason: Because it’s fun.
There are so many reasons to learn line dance that we hope you’ll change your question to “Why not?” Consider the following advantages of learning this versatile skill:
- It offers low-impact, bone-bearing exercise. Anyone can benefit from its coordination-building steps and gentle aerobic exertion. Instead of walking nowhere on a gym treadmill, line dancers find a social means to “move to the music” - and they get fit doing it.
- No cowboy hat is required. On that note, neither are skin-tight outfits, spurs or technical dance shoes. The unspoken rule of line dance is “Come as you are.” And during your lessons with Shawn Trautman, you can even wear a sweatsuit. He won’t tell.
- Shawn has eliminated the excuse “I don’t want to embarrass myself.” Now it’s easy to learn popular line dances like the Cotton Eyed Joe, Watermelon Crawl and Electric Slide. Close your living room curtains and create an instant private ballroom. Afterward, you can travel to a country nightclub or wedding secure in the knowledge that you’ve mastered the steps.
- Today it’s line dance, and tomorrow it’s the Cha Cha, Hustle, Waltz or Rhumba. Line dance is the starting point for all budding dancers, providing the fundamentals for many other steps and giving dancers the confidence to master all the world of dance has to offer.
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