The Mobile DJ’s Line Dancing Bible

May 12, 2015 by Staci Nichols

bootsLove ’em or hate ’em, line dances are a fact of life for most DJs. But there are plenty of ways to keep your line dancing routine fresh, allowing you to appease both the line dancers and the haters in any crowd.

I personally love line dancing and was a regular at the world famous Brandin’ Iron Saloon in San Bernardino for many years. Next week I’ll be DJing for the second time at Coachella’s country cousin, the Stagecoach Festival. In fact, this year we’re unveiling our own line dance called the “Stagecoach Stomp” (choreographed by Annmarie Dunn). So I’m elbow-deep in line dances for the music festival’s honky tonk dance hall as I write this.

REFRESHING TONICS FOR YOUR LINE DANCES

Here are a few tips on how to best use the lists and keep your line dances from going stale:
Burn your original copies of the “Electric Slide” and the “Macarena”—instead use the alternative songs on the list. It’ll give your guests that extra “wow” factor. Trust me!

Don’t know country music well? The groom’s mom just demanded a country line dance? Check out the country lists.

Always give your guests the starting count to get the line dancers going at the same time. That means get on the mic and, at the right moment, say, “5-6-7-go” so everyone easily gets started together and in unison. See the sidebar for popular line dance count starting times. I recommend YouTube for getting count start times for other dances.

Make your own signature mash-up of the “Cha Cha Slide” and “Cupid Shuffle.” Seriously, you know somebody is going to request them—why not play them but give them a fun twist? There’s a great “Cha Cha Slide”/”Cupid Shuffle” mash-up on YouTube to get you inspired (it integrates “Billie Jean” and “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics, as well as some fun loops). Check it out at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8QksRPwFTQ

If you’re not playing “The Wobble” by V.I.C. or “Footloose,” definitely add these to your repertoire. I’m continually floored at the non-cowboys/girls who get up and dance the Slappin’ Leather to “Footloose” (either the Blake or Kenny version)—even in southern California.

Some lesser known but super fun and easy hip hop line dances that you might look into if you offer dance instruction during events: “Cleveland Shuffle” by 71 North and the “Body Rock” to Michael Jackson’s “They Don’t Really Care About Us” (*This one was choreographed at the Brandin’ Iron!)

If you ever do events with Spanish-speaking guests, learn the “Payaso de Rodeo.” It is hands-down the easiest line dance I have ever come across (2 stomps to the right, 2 stomps to the left, 2 stomps back, 2 stomps forward, quarter turn, repeat). Fast version: “Payaso de Rodeo” by Caballo Dorado (starts slow). Slow version: “No Rompas Más Mi Pobre Corazón” (yep, a Spanish version of “Achy Breaky Heart”) also by Caballo Dorado.

 

 

NON-COUNTRY ELECTRIC SLIDES

OLD TIME ROCK & ROLL

BOB SEGER

KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF

GEORGIA SATELLITES

LIFE IN THE FAST LANE

EAGLES

SHARP DRESSED MAN

ZZ TOP

ADDICTED TO LOVE

ROBERT PALMER

COUNTRY ELECTRIC SLIDES

MAN! I FEEL LIKE A WOMAN

SHANIA TWAIN

HERE FOR THE PARTY

GRETCHEN WILSON

WHY WAIT

RASCAL FLATTS

ROCK MY WORLD LITTLE COUNTRY GIRL

BROOKS AND DUNN

PLAY SOMETHING COUNTRY

BROOKS AND DUNN

WHOSE BED HAVE YOUR BOOTS BEEN UNDER

SHANIA TWAIN

LITTLE MISS HONKY TONK

BROOKS AND DUNN

I FEEL LUCKY

MARY CHAPIN CARPENTER

A LITTLE LESS TALK AND A LOT MORE ACTION

TOBY KEITH

MY KIND OF GIRL

COLIN RAYE

TWO OF A KIND, WORKIN’ ON A FULL HOUSE

GARTH BROOKS

FAST AS YOU

DWIGHT YOAKUM

BEER FOR MY HORSES

TOBY KEITH

CLEOPATRA QUEEN OF DENIAL

PAM TILLIS

I LIKE IT, I LOVE IT

TIM MCGRAW

DOWN ON THE FARM

TIM MCGRAW

DON’T ROCK THE JUKEBOX

ALAN JACKSON

LADIES LOVE COUNTRY BOYS

TRACE ADKINS

MY TOP-SECRET, CROWDS-LOVE-IT MACARENA ALTERNATIVE

THAT POWER

WILL.I.AM, JUSTIN BEIBER

POWER JAM

COUNTRY GIRL SHAKE IT

LUKE BRYAN

EVERY LITTLE THING

CARLENE CARTER

I LOVE A RAINY NIGHT

EDDIE RABBIT

HOOKED ON AN 8 SECOND RIDE

CHRIS LEDEUX

DUMAS WALKER

KENTUCKY HEADHUNTERS

HILLBILLY ROCK

MARTY STUART

REBELICIOUS

JAMIE JOHNSON

LOT OF LEAVIN’ LEFT TO DO

DIERKS BENTLEY

WHERE HAVE ALL THE COWBOYS GONE

PAULA COLE

I PLAYED CHICKEN WITH THE TRAIN

COWBOY TROY

ANIMALS

NICKELBACK

TUSH PUSH

PAPA LOVED MAMA

GARTH BROOKS

CHATTAHOOCHEE

ALAN JACKSON

IF YOUR HEART AIN’T BUSY

TANYA TUCKER

POUR ME

TRICK PONY

WHAT WAS I THINKIN

DIERKS BENTLEY

HONKY TONK MAN

DWIGHT YOAKAM

DANGEROUS MAN

DWIGHT YOAKAM

REDNECK WOMAN

GRETCHEN WILSON

I FELL IN LOVE (TIMBER)

PAM TILLIS

CADILLAC RANCH

GARTH BROOKS/CHRIS LEDEUX

HONKY TONK WORLD

CHRIS LEDEUX

I AIN’T NO QUITTER

SHANIA TWAIN

AIN’T GOIN DOWN TIL THE SUN COMES UP

GARTH BROOKS

EVEN COWBOYS LIKE A LITTLE BIT OF ROCK N ROLL

CHRIS LEDEUX

PINK CADILLAC

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

DOWN IN MISSISSIPPI

SUGARLAND

BABY I’M BURNING

DOLLY PARTON

SLAPPIN’ LEATHER

T.R.O.U.B.L.E

TRAVIS TRITT

SLAPPIN LEATHER

TRAVIS TRITT

BIBLE BELT

TRAVIS TRITT

WRAPPED AROUND

BRAD PAISLEY

LOVIN ALL NIGHT

PATTY LOVELESS

FOOTLOOSE

KENNY LOGGINS/BLAKE SHELTON

COWBOY CHA CHA

MY MARIA

BROOKS AND DUNN

I DON’T KNOW WHAT SHE SAID

BLANE LARSEN

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN

CREDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

TOUGHER THAN THE REST

CHRIS LEDEUX

TWO PIÑA COLADAS

GARTH BROOKS

FROM A JACK TO A KING

RICKY VAN SHELTON

TIME MARCHES ON

TRACY LAWRENCE

LOOKIN’ FOR LOVE IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES

JOHNNY LEE

NEON MOON

BROOKS AND DUNN

THAT AIN’T NO WAY TO GO

BROOKS AND DUNN

AMARILLO BY MORNING

GEORGE STRAIT

TEN STEPS

SIN WAGON

DIXIE CHICKS

DEVIL WENT DOWN TO GEORGIA

CHARLIE DANIELS

AGAINST THE GRAIN

GARTH BROOKS

TWO FEET OF TOPSOIL

BRAD PAISLEY

SOLD

JOHN MICHAEL MONTGOMERY

FOLSOM PRISON BLUES

JOHNNY CASH

AMARILLO

EMMYLOU HARRIS

RUNNING GUN

MARTY ROBBINS

JACKSON

JOHNNY CASH & JUNE CARTER

CHEATER CHEATER

JOEY + RORY

FIVE O’CLOCK 500

ALABAMA

WHATCHA GONNA DO WITH A COWBOY

GARTH BROOKS/CHRIS LE DEUX

COCAINE BLUES

JOHNNY CASH

ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL

JOHNNY CASH

COAL MINE

SARA EVANS

OTHERS

COPPERHEAD ROAD

STEVE EARLE

GOOD TIME

ALAN JACKSON

GOD BLESSED TEXAS

LITTLE TEXAS

COTTON EYED JOE

SCATMAN JOHN

WATERMELON CRAWL

TRACY BYRD

 

 

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DJ Staci Nichols is based in San Diego. She specializes in spinning “country fusion,” Latin/Spanish, and mainstream music. Her wedding know-how has appeared in San Diego Style Weddings, Offbeat Bride, Wedding Planner Magazine, Gig Masters, Brides Without Borders, Book More Brides, and more. SanDiegoDJStaci.com. Instagram/Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter: SanDiegoDJStaci


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