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Murph’s Country Music Barn

Looking for a fun family oriented evening of live music and dancing, Then Murph’s Country Music Barn is the place to be on Saturday evenings. Free Line Dance lessons from 6:30 to 7:30 pm, Live Music from 7:30-11:30 pm. Open Dance between the band sets. Large Dance Floor, Good Food and Down Home Friendly people.

Just take I-24 to Exit 19, North on Maxey Road 2 miles to a 4-way stop. Left on Stroudsville Road the left on Winters Road.

Admission is $7.00 per person.

We have a growing and loyal group of line dancers who are always happy to show new comers the dances we are currently doing or working on.  So next time you are looking for a fun evening out; think of Murph’s Country Music Barn in Cedar Hill TN.

One of our favorite dances to Fire Ball(River Bank by Lynn Card) requested every weekend during open dance.  Our dances range from Country to Pop and a FUN is the main ingrediant.  Check out link below.. We have fun and laughs on the dance floor.. All are welcome, No Experience needed. We will always do dances everone can enjoy and accomplish.

Murph FireBall

Line Dance Fitness Returns to Austin Peay State University

line-dance-fitness-classes-392823Clarksville, Tennessee  August 19, 2016

Larry B will be back at Austin Peavy State University Foy Center with a Line Dance Fitness class every Wednesday afternoon 5-5:50 pm.  The Fall Schedule starts Monday August 22!

Tell your friends and family, If someone is not affiliated with the Foy and wants to attend a class, they can buy a guest pass for the day or buy a membership

Join Larry every Wednesday starting August 23, 2016 at the Foy Center, Marion St, Clarksville, TN 37040.  A  class to get you moving and having fun exercising through line dance.  Line Dancing is not just to Country Music, we utilize all music genre.  See you on the dance floor..

Larry B. Richards – Line Dance Instructor, Clarksville, TN

·         Line dance instructor of 16 years
·         Current lead instructor at Murph’s Country Barn, Cedar Hill, TN
·         Line dance experience of over 19 years
·         Apprentice by World Champion line dance instructors/choreographers Jamie            Marshall (TN) and John Robinson (IN)
·         Understudy of 8 years to Stella Cabeca, FL
·         Licensed by BMI/ASCAP and the American Caller’s Association – website, including a blog, dedicated to the dance community to inform the benefits of dancing:  Strengthening bones and muscles, tone your entire body, improve posture and balance, reduce stress and tension, boost memory, improve flexibility, weight loss, increase energy and increase mental capacity.


What is Line Dance?

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A line dance is a choreographed dance with a repeated sequence of steps in which a group of people dance in one or more lines or rows without regard for the gender of the individuals, all facing the same direction or facing each other, and executing the steps at the same time. Line dancing is practiced and learned in country-western dance bars, social clubs, dance clubs and ballrooms. It is sometimes combined on dance programs with other forms of country-western dance, such as two-step, western promenade dances, and as well as western-style variants of the waltz, polka and swing. Line dances have accompanied many popular music styles since the early 1970s including pop, swing, rock and roll, disco, Latin (salsa suelta), rhythm and blues and jazz.

The Madison was a popular line dance in the late 1950s. At least five-line dances that are strongly associated with country-western music were written in the 1970s, two of which are dated to 1972: “Walkin’ Wazi” and “Cowboy Boogie”, five years before the disco craze created by the release of Saturday Night Fever in 1977, the same (approximate) year the “Tush Push” was created. The Electric Slide was a Disco-based line dance created and popularized in the mid-1970s.

Over a dozen line dances were created during the 1980s for country songs. The 1980 film Urban Cowboy reflected the blurring of lines between country music and pop, and spurred renewed interest in country culture, and western fashion, music, and dance. “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” was choreographed by Bill Bader in October 1990 for the original Asleep at the Wheel recording of the song of the same name. The Brooks and Dunn version of the song has resulted in there being at least 16 line dances with “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” in the title, including one by Tom Maddox and Skippy Blair.

The 1992 hit “Achy Breaky Heart” by Billy Ray Cyrus helped catapult western line dancing into the mainstream. In 1994 choreographer Max Perry had a worldwide dance hit with “Swamp Thang” for the song “Swamp Thing” by The Grid. This was a techno song that fused banjo sounds in the melody line and helped to start a trend of dancing to forms of music other than country.

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