In Texas, there’s little as beloved as country western dancing. Just like Texas music, country western dance was born out of the mix of immigrant groups that settled in the area, and it still plays an important role in all kinds of social gatherings, including family get-togethers, community events, holidays and festivals. The state is full of dance halls, and if you’re interested in setting foot on a Texas dance floor, you should give country western dancing lessons in Fort Worth, TX, a shot.
While we at the Arthur Murray Dance Studio celebrate a number of different dance styles in the country western tradition, there are a few things the novice will want to understand in order to experience authentic Texas dancing at its finest:
- Basic types of dance. The common forms of country western dance are the two-step, the polka, the waltz and the swing dance. Each of these came from the settlers, and each has been modified or developed offshoots over the years. Master the basic country western dances and you’ll never feel too out of step in a Texas dance hall.
- Where to dance. Texas remains loyal to many of its historic dance halls, among them the charmingly quirky wooden floor at Gruene Hall in New Braunfels, Austin’s laid back, concrete-floored Broken Spoke, and many, many more. A dedicated dancer could live a long life and not visit all of them, but once you’ve had some dancing lessons in Fort Worth, TX, we’ll encourage you to get out and explore.
- What’s dancing good for? Country western dancing has served many purposes over the years, and the good news is that the reasons to dance haven’t changed a bit. It’s still a fantastic social activity, and you can go dancing alone, with a partner or with a group and be guaranteed a good time. If you’re looking to get a little light exercise under your belt, dancing is a good way to do it. And of course, there’s the music—every variety of Texas country music from shuffles and honky tonk to western swing can be heard in the state’s dance halls.
- How do I get started? Many venues offer dance lessons, and the good news is that even those who don’t ordinarily consider themselves great dancers can pick up on the basics of country western dancing pretty easily, given the right instruction and with the help of a good partner. You can learn all about dance floor etiquette, how to lead or follow and the basic steps for any dance. With a little luck you’ll be lighting up the floor in no time.
Country western dancing can take a little while to get used to, given its deep tradition and rich cultural heritage, but once you’ve gotten the hang of it, it can be as delightful and rewarding as any leisure activity. The Arthur Murray Dance Studio offers country western dancing lessons in Fort Worth, TX, for dancers of all ages, abilities and skill levels. Contact us for more information, and we look forward to seeing you on the dance floor!