Line dancing is making a comeback in Canada because of social distancing
While many Canadians have spent years wondering what exactly the point was of learning line dancing in high school gym class, others have discovered that it's the perfect style of dance for social distancing.
Line dancing — which became popular in the 1970s and is often practiced in country-western dance bars — is a style of dance that requires groups of people to stand and dance in rows facing the same direction without ever making physical contact.
In other words, it was basically made for the era of social distancing.
Will social distancing bring back a resurgence of line dancing? pic.twitter.com/b7MZJULDrV— Matt (@mattinsouthwark) April 25, 2020
People in Canada have begun to discover this, and it seems the dance genre is already making a comeback thanks to its practicality.
In Toronto, for example, one woman has been leading outdoor line dancing classes for members of her neighbourhood daily.
Donna Hunt-McDougall leads a socially-distanced line dancing class for her neighbours in the Roncesvalles neighbourhood of Toronto during the coronavirus pandemic. https://t.co/ssar1lea4O pic.twitter.com/5iKZqtLuqA— Royal LePage Triland (@RoyLePTriland) April 28, 2020
And in Newfoundland, a group of people put on an outdoor show for residents of a seniors' home, and the performance included a musical concert as well as, of course, line dancing.
Someone is putting on a concert for the Senior's home that backs on to my backyard.— TalesFromAway (@away_tales) May 4, 2020
The music is beautiful & I have tears in my eyes from this kind gesture😥
Line dancing & all!#bekindtooneanother #seniors #newfoundlanderondamainland pic.twitter.com/Y7lRGtdy8o
Back in April, Calgary Police even caught footage of officers doing a line dance with a number of community members.
#COVID19 has changed the way we do things, but connecting with you, #yyc, is always important! Staying apart and social distancing didn't stop these officers from staying in step with these fantastic community members. Thanks to HAWCS who captured this video while out on patrol. pic.twitter.com/41EDBVFG2z— Calgary Police (@CalgaryPolice) April 16, 2020
This video, also captured in Calgary, shows residents engaging in a socially-distanced line dance behind Gulf Canada Square.
OMG Line dancing was made for social distancing!— Cheryl Arkison (@Cheryl_Arkison) April 24, 2020
And the activity isn't just uplifting, it's also a great way to get exercise while gyms and exercise centres remain closed across the country.
The activity also provides the joy of working out in a group setting while ensuring that people stay physically apart.
Lady in Toronto getting people to join her line dancing and exercising. Everyone needs that kind of community in my opinion.— Angela. C (@atbw9322) May 5, 2020
Some are even hypothesizing that night clubs will likely adopt a similar practice in order to ensure some social distancing once they begin to reopen.
With social distancing in nightclubs, the dance floor is going to be resembling line dancing— basher_delete (@basher_delete) May 8, 2020
So while some of you may have rolled your eyes at the idea of line dancing in a pre-pandemic world, who knows — it just might become the signature dance of 2020.
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