Backyard Party Line Dance

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The instructional above is from Linda Simms “The Who Dat Teacher” from Let’s Mess It Up Line Dancing.

Dance: Backyard Party 4 Wall, 32 Count
Choreographer: John Woodhouse
Song: Backyard Party (Clean)
Artist: R. Kelly
Step Sheets: None

This is another favorite. Our instructor does warn to be sure to get the “clean” version of the song.

Even though I’ve danced Backyard Party many times, I cannot complete the full turn. I get dizzy, and become disorientated. During the turn, I can’t remember which way I should end up. I will keep practicing full turns, but in the meantime I’m going to use the modification which is to step in place after the half turn. Eventually I should be able to make the full turn, and stay orientated to which way I should end up.

As an aside, professional dancers do not get dizzy because they have trained their brains to suppress that feeling.

About 9 rotations into the dance, Backyard party has one extra set of steps, where you step forward four times. There is a marked change in the music, and if you watch the video enough times, you will figure out where to put it. And in addition, you will be stepping forward while facing the front of the room.

Tip: Watch the dance on YouTube. Your brain will grasp where the steps should be according to the music, and it can help you learn the dance.

One way I feel like I’ve gotten better at line dancing is to watch the dance. I love this song, Backyard Party, but don’t recall having heard it before. I have probably watched this video at least 30 times.

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