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Linedancing in Western Sydney

Oaklands 4th International Annual "Best Known" Line Dances for 2002/2003

For the past few years Louise Vincent has run an annual survey to find just what dances are known by most linedancers. The survey was simple - those participating were sent a list of dances, from which they picked those dances they either knew or once knew. The results were then compiled to give this year's "Best Known" list. Voting went for two months and there were no restriction on who could vote - as long as they knew at least one linedance! The survey was operated under the ageis of the "The Oaklands Academy of Line Dance", based in England.

Most of those voting were from (where the country was given): North America (59), Europe (37), Asia (6), Australia (3), South Africa (2) & Middle East (1). There were 538 dances in the original check list and 109 submitters.

The 2001/2002 summary results can be found at:


The full survey results can be found at:

Dance Choreographer
Known by:
Last Year How Old
Tush Push Jim Ferrazzano 97% 95% pre 1982
Electric Slide anon. 94% ** 93% ** 1989
Chill Factor Whittaker & Westhead 91% 87% 2001
Crusin' Neil Hale 90% 91% 1989
Dizzy Jo Thompson 87% 89% 1998
Red Hot Salsa Christina Brown 85% 85% pre 1999
Waltz Across Texas anon. 83% 86% 1992
Watermelon Crawl Sue Lipscombe 83% < 70% pre 1999
J'ai du Boogie Max Perry 83% 86% 1999
After Midnight Judy McDonald 82% 79% pre 1999
Come Dance With Me Jo Thompson 82% n/a 2003
Islands in the Stream Karen Jones 81% 80% 1999
Picnic Polka David Padden 80% 85% ?
Swamp Thang / Heart Like a Wheel Max Perry 79% 73% 1996
Hot Potato John H. Robinson 78% 79% ?
Ski Bumpus / Black Velvet Linda de Ford 77% 78% ?
Cowgirl's Twist Bill Bader 76% 80% 1994
Hideaway Cha Brady, Davis & Thompson 76% 74% 2000
Enchantment Jo Thompson 75% 71% ?
Mucara Walk John Steel 74% 70% pre 1999
Slappin' Leather Gale Brandon 73% 78% ?
Charleston Cowboy anon. 73% 72% ?
Mony Mony Maggie Gallagher 72% 79% 2001
Por Ti Sere Jo Thompson 72% 74% ?
Fly Like a Bird Hedy McAdams 72% 74% 1995
Black Coffee Helen O'Malley 72% 71% pre 1999
Quando When Quando Lawrence & Fisher 72% 73% 1999
Coastin' Ray & Tina Yeoman 72% 72% pre 1999
Down on the Corner Peter Metelnick 71% 76% ?
Mack the Knife Rachel McEnaney 71% < 70% 2000
Cha Cha Slide DJ Casper 71% < 70% 2001
Pizziricco Dot Ilaria 71% ? ?
Southern Delight Rosella & Fred Lord 70% n/a 2003
Shakatak Kate Sala 70% n/a 2002
@ the Hop Carmel Hutchinson 69% ? 2001
13MWZ / Uno Dos Tres Sherry McClure 68% 72% 1996
Jukebox Jo Thompson 68% 72% 2001
Midnight Waltz Jo Thompson 68% 71% 1993
Rose Garden Jo Thompson 68% 70% ?
Syncopated Rhythm Rob & Michelle Fowler 68% < 70% ?
God Blessed Texas Shirley Batson 67% 70% ?
Cinco de Mayo Alan Livett & Jo Thompson 67% < 70% ?
Got to be Funky Dawn Beecham 66% 74% 1998
Copperhead Road anon. 66% < 70% ?
River of Dreams Charlotte Skeeters 66% < 70% ?
Badda-Boom! Badda-Bang! Karen Hunn 66% n/a 2003
Macarena Wil Veloz 65% < 70% pre 1990
S.X.E. Rob Fowler 65% n/a 2002
Pot of Gold Liam Hrycan 64% 72% ?
Hardwood Stomp Jo Thompson 64% < 70% ?
Now or Never Kathy Hunyadi 64% < 70% 2000
American Pop Michele Burton 64% n/a 2002
Ghost Train Kathy Hunyadi 63% < 70% ?
Derailed Peter Metelnick 62% 72% 2000
Just for Grins Jo Thompson 62% ? ?
Smokey Places Michele Perron 62% < 70% ?
Hold Your Horses A.T. Kinson & Tom Mickers 62% < 70% 2000
Evergreen Karen Hunn 62% n/a 2002
Hooked on Country anon. 61% < 70% pre 1999
Stroll Along Cha Cha John & Janette Sandham 60% < 70% pre 1999
** Note: while only 94% said they knew the 'Electric Slide' by that name,  'The Freeze' and 'The Elvira Freeze' are essentially the same dances are appear seperately. Since individual voting is not reported, this 94% should be considered a minimum.

The year the dance was choreographed is given, where known.

While most of those dances with a vote of 60% or more were from the 1990's, 7 dances dating from late 2002 made the list. Particularly impressive is "Come Dance With Me", choreographed March 2003 and managing to debut as the 11th most well known dance in the survey.
Caveat (ie: beware) - It is tempting to look at the above list (and the other dances in the full survey) and conclude that the 'oldies' are the most popular dances and that dancers are not keen on all the new stuff. However, by it's very nature, this survey *is* biased in favour of the oldies.
The survey is international (well, ok, the US and UK and a few folks from elsewhere). Popular dances today are a lot more regionalised than they were in the earlier days of linedancing - what is popular in one region, let alone one country, is usually totally unheard of elsewhere (compare the current top dances in the US, the UK and Australia, as surveyed elsewhere on this site). This means that even if a dance is spectactularly popular in one area and/or country, it probably won't be elsewhere and so it can't hope to compete against the 'golden oldies' that were taught nearly everywhere. There are exceptions to this - some new dances have a world-wide popularity, such as 'Chill Factor'.
The older a dance, the more time it has had to spread around. Some dances get almost everywhere very quickly (again 'Chill Factor' is a good example, tho' mind you, the fact that some people are still teaching it means that it hasn't gotten everywhere ... yet), but other's can take years to slowly drift around the international linedance community.
The survey itself was to determine what dances people either knew or had once known (and could probably pick up again without much hassle). It is not a survey of what dances are popular or most liked. I know the 'Electric Slide', but that doesn't mean it's a favourite of mine or that I would get up to do it!



Australian choreographed dances making the list

Dance Choreographer
% know
the dance
Into the Arena Michael Vera-Lobos 40% (46% last year)
Pick a Pocket Jan Wyllie 39% (41% last year)
Titanic Simon Ward 37% (42% last year)
Patient Heart Michael Vera-Lobos 36% (<23% last year)
Who Did You Call Darlin' Kevin & Maria Smith 36% (42% last year)
Larger Than Life Simon Ward 35% (40% last year)
No other Aussie dances received a vote of more than 32%.



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