A line dance is a formation dance in which a group of people dance in one or more rows carrying out the same movements at the same time. In a small group there may be only one line but there are normally several parallel lines - one behind the other.
In this parallel line formation the dancers dance in a synchronized manner, but independently of each other. There are usually no moves that require any interaction between the dancers, other than they execute the manoeuvres at the same time.
Line dancing used to have a bit of a 'cowgirl' image as it was danced predominantly to country-western music. However, this has been slowly changing since the 1970's and today country music may make up only a minority of the line dance DJ's playlist. Line dancing is now danced to a much wider spectrum of music genres ranging from Celtic, Swing, Pop, Rock, Big Band and Folk to almost anything else that has a regular beat!
According to UK Linedancer Magazine:
"Line Dancing improves stamina, muscle tone and coordination, is a great stress buster and energy booster. Good for posture, strength, mobility in the lower back, and toning calves and thighs. The British Heart Association says it is very beneficial to health and is recommended by doctors, invigorates all the major organs from the brain right down to the toes. Line dancers can cover around five miles of ground in one evening,"
The clips below give a glimpse of both traditional and modern styles of line-dancing