Line Dance Format

Line Dance Format

Basic line dances focus on movements of the legs and feet, with more advanced dances including the arms and hands. The movements of a line dance are marked as “counts” where one count generally equals one musical beat.  A particular movement or step taking place at each beat.
A line dance will have a certain number of counts, meaning the number of beats in one complete sequence of the dance. For example, a 64-count dance would contain 64 beats. The number of beats does not necessarily equal the number of steps, however, as steps can be performed between two beats or over more than one beat e.g. 3 dance steps over 2 beats/counts is known as a syncopated step (an AND count).


Each dance consists of a number of “walls“, which is the direction that the dancers are facing at that particular time.

Dancers may change direction multiple times during each sequence.

Dances are defined as a four-wall, two-wall and very occasionally a one-wall dance.