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Couples dance their way to traditional country finals
I would’ve loved to see this in person. ❤️
B.T. Swezey
07.31.20

Dancing is one of the few traditions that is practiced by virtually every culture in the world.

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It transcends language barriers, cultural differences, and societal norms.

You can be anywhere on the planet and if you hear some music that moves you, you can dance right along with everyone else.

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However, that’s not to say that you can just show up and dance right along to every culture’s specific dancing style.

Each specific dance retains a certain amount of cultural heritage and takes time to learn.

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For one group of country music lovers, their cultural dance is known as the two-step.

It’s quick and fun and full of energy.

So at the Cowboys Red River dance finals, there were multiple couples who got out there and gave it all that they had.

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The competition took place in a huge warehouse with plenty of lights, music, people, and of course, the source of all great dance moves (at least for me), alcohol.

The crowd stood on either side of a long runway that was more or less U-shaped and watched as the couples in the finals danced their way along the floor.

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Now, I’ve tried some pretty basic two-stepping in my time.

It’s relatively easy to catch onto and if you can keep your feet moving in the right direction, you are free to spin your partner around with your arms.

However, what we see in this video is not your average two-step dance routine.

These moves were seriously impressive.

There we girls being spun around on the floor, guys jumping over their partners, and plenty of dips and twirls.

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It really was a fun completion to watch, but I had a hard time telling who was better.

All of the couples had some really impressive moves and by the time the competition was over, I wasn’t sure if any single pair was better than the others.

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Luckily, it wasn’t for me to decide.

When the competition ended, the man with the microphone called all of the couples to come and stand in front of the audience.

He then proceeded to put one hand over each pair’s heads and say their number into the mic.

Then it was the crowd’s turn to get involved.

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They were told to scream, hoot, and howler for their favorite dancing duo.

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I’ve got to be honest though, even when they were screaming for their favorites, it was still hard to decide who got the loudest cheers.

But it really doesn’t matter who won anyways.

Dancing is less about competition and more about have fun.

It’s probably one of the earliest forms of recreation.

According to Live Science, “Early humans might have danced to attract a mate, as far back as 1.5 million years ago, according to Steven J. Mithen, an archaeologist at the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.”

They go on to say that, “Dancing was a way for our prehistoric ancestors to bond and communicate, particularly during tough times. As a result, scientists believe that early humans who were coordinated and rhythmic could have had an evolutionary advantage.”

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So the next time you feel the music start to move you, don’t hold back.

Because it’s against your nature if you do.

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By B.T. Swezey
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B.T. Swezey is a contributor at SBLY Media.
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