Country dancing is held every Wednesday in the Manwaring Center ballroom from 8 to 11 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Tickets cost $1 with BYU-Idaho student ID card or
Instruction takes place between 8 and 9 p.m. After instruction the dance officially starts.
Dance instruction is an opportunity for those who have never danced or for those who simply want to improve their skills. The learning hour provides instruction to both beginning and intermediate dancers.
A few of the dances taught are the western two-step, the triple step, country swing, the cowboy cha cha and several different line dances.
Country dancing is different from other types of dancing because instead of focusing on heal or toe steps, country dancing instead uses flat footed steps because it is designed to be danced in cowboy boots. It is a more informal style of dance, but it emphasizes smoothness.
Instead of using hip movement or bouncing steps, the object of country dancing is being able to glide across the dance floor.
Most country dancers dress for comfort and wear informal attire to allow for freedom of movement. Most dancers prefer wearing jeans or skirts paired with other lightweight material in order to keep from overheating. It is not uncommon to see students decked out in plaid shirts, cowboy hats and boots for country dancing.
“I love teaching the dances. It’s the best part of my week” said Ben Burns, a senior studying Spanish education and country dancing instructor.
Lack of skills may scare some people into not attending, but Jessie Schneider a junior studying animal science said, “you can’t really mess . It’s just too much fun,”