The Shuffle is a line dance that has been popular for years. A line dance is a dance that has a certain set of steps that are performed in a particular sequence and then repeated over and over until the end of the song. When dancing a line dance, the dancers line up, single file in rows or lines. Usually the lines face the front of the dance floor. Line dancers dance as singles and not as couples.
The Shuffle is a series of twenty-five basic dance steps. Even though there are many steps in this line dance, most people learn it easily because of the repetition of the steps. First dancers move four sidesteps to their right and then four side steps to their left. Next are four short, small kicks with each leg, starting with the right. Then dancers walk in place, lifting first the right leg and then the left, for eight lifts. The last move is a shallow squat. Then the dancers start the series of steps over again. These basic shuffle steps have had different hand motions and variations of the steps added, in bars and dance clubs all over America.
The Shuffle can be danced to country-western, jazz, pop, rock and other types of music. Beginning in the mid 1970s, this dance became extremely popular in bars and at weddings and parties, partially because it is so easy to learn. Some sources credit the Boz Skaggs song, "Lido Shuffle," released in 1976, with beginning this line dance. In various dance clubs, in various cities, disc jockeys and bands have added their own spin to the music and named it after their city. So, when a band announces the next dance is a shuffle, they will refer to it as "The Dallas Shuffle" or "The Cleveland Shuffle." There are also several songs, including the Cupid Shuffle, that were written specifically for The Shuffle dance.