How to Line Dance to Cotton Eye Joe | Line Dancing

How to Line Dance to Cotton Eye Joe | Line Dancing


“Hi, my name is Robert Royston. I’m a five time world champion of country
dance, working with artists like Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley. I really hope that you learn how to line dance
and experience what it’s like to move to America’s music, and that’s country music. So, one of the dances that you must learn,
and it’s really called round dancing, what we’re doing, what we’re about to do, because
it goes in a circle but it’s a set piece of choreography, a lot like line dancing. But, no matter where you go in the United
States, if you’re going to a place that does line dancing, they’re probably going to do
the Cotton Eyed Joe. The Cotton Eyed Joe is a dance that you can
do with a partner, you could have somebody alongside you, or you can do it by yourself,
or you can do it in rows of people. Sometimes you’ll have rows of eight or nine
people, all shoulders around each other, doing the Cotton Eyed Joe. Cotton Eyed Joe has two variations that I’ll
show you. One is stomp, just a stomp stomp. Kick the same foot back up with the triple
step, triple step. Then, same thing with the other foot. Stomp, kick, triple step. Stomp, kick, triple step. Stomp, kick, triple step. Yeah, so that goes one, two, a three and four. Five, six, a seven and eight. One, two, a three and four. Five, six, a seven and eight. The variation, depending on the region you
are in, to that, is that instead of a stomp, they do a touch. They go touch across, touch, kick, triple
step. Touch, kick, triple step. Touch, kick, triple step. Touch, kick, triple step. So depending on the variations so you can
see that in the front, I’ll either cross my foot over, then kick, then back up. Cross, kick, triple step. Cross, kick, triple step. Or, I’ll stomp, kick, triple step. Stomp, kick, triple step. I tend to like to make a lot of noise so I
do the stomp. Then what you’re going to do after the final
triple, you’re going to do eight counts of a shuffle, which we’ve learned in another
series here in the line dance series, is a shuffle step, shuffle step, shuffle step,
shuffle step. You’re going to do eight counts of that. So you’re going to go one and two, three and
four, five and six, seven and eight and it starts over. One, two, a three, and four. Five, six, a seven and eight. One, two, a three, and four. Five, six, and then you shuffle, shuffle,
shuffle, shuffle and start it over. And again, lines of people. The more people in there the more fun it is. Or, you can do it by yourself, cruise around
the floor, see other people in a line, hook on up and do the Cotton Eyed Joe. We’re going to do this to music right now. Five, six, five, six, seven go. One, two, triple step. Triple step, stomp, kick, triple step. Stomp, kick and here we go. Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle, shuffle. Stomp, kick, triple step. Stomp, kick, triple step. Stomp, kick, triple step. Stomp, kick, triple step. Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle, shuffle, and stomp,
kick, triple step. Stomp, kick, triple step. Stomp, kick, triple step. Stomp, kick, triple step. Shuffle, shuffle. I’ll do the other variation. Touch, triple step, touch, kick, triple step. Touch, kick, triple step. Touch, kick, triple step. And shuffle, shuffle, shuffle, shuffle. And it repeats itself. And there you have the Cotton Eyed Joe.

100 thoughts on “How to Line Dance to Cotton Eye Joe | Line Dancing

  1. just looks like me trying to get out of a west belfast bar on a sunday morning after 8 to many lol. keep up the good work tho

  2. I loved teaching this to my students 🙂 they seemed to enjoyed my way of exercise then my assitant 🙂

  3. we dont do that we raise our ankle up like your crossing your legs in front tap it, do same in back then pretend your lasso spinning it to the right once, clap, slide to the left and repeat

  4. That's only how you city slickers do it. In the real country, we double heel tap in front, double toe tap in back, out to the side, cross and touch in front, out to the side, cross and touch in back, four steps to the side, clap, four spinning steps back to the beginning, and switch feet. You clearly have never been to a school dance in the country.

  5. It's awesome with 2 couples. The couples actually rotate back of other couple (shuffle step) each couple takes time being in front. I use to do this as a clogging routine. Fun!!!

  6. Left foot tap forward 2 times
    Left foot tap back 2 times
    Left leg cross forward
    Left foot kick back to original position
    Right foot tap forward twice
    Right foot tap back twice
    Right leg swing across
    Right leg swing back across
    Twirl around in a circle doing lasso left side
    Clap over ur head
    Twirl around in a circle doing lasso right side
    Clap
    That's how you do it New York City style

  7. I learned a box dance. Two kicks right foot, two kicks left, then one each R L R L. Push off with grounded foot, Four steps forward, four steps back. Four steps left, four steps right. Pick a direction for everyone to turn a quarter turn. Repeat. Lots of fun, looks cool when done in tempo, and a GREAT cardio exercise!!! If anyone tries it, let me know! 🙂

  8. Great vine right 1x
    Great vine left 1x
    4 steps forward while doing a lasso hand movement
    Jump back 4 times
    Tapping starting with rights then left, then right left right left
    repeat

  9. Just wondering why SO MANY line dances are NOT done with 32 counts… so many are 6 counts of 8 this one here is only 3 counts of 8… When starting over your don't start on count one again until many repetitions are completed.

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  11. We call this the "South Texas National Anthem" as it's played in every Texas Dance Hall, and the tables empty as folks jump onto the floor. Its' hard to visualize with just one person, here's a link that shows it en masse. (note that we don't do the toe touch, just bring the foot across (hook) and kick.) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1NN2vv2PsI

  12. I started to get the hang of it and tried to go super fast, but I got tired and my feet tangled up. 😂

  13. I was lowkey hoping for a more intense dance. But hey! At least I know one variation of Cotton Eye Joe. Maybe one day I'll learn a more intense version

  14. "America's Music" is actually Blues and Jazz, as those are the only styles that actually originated in America.
    Country music originated in the UK as folk ballads that were brought to the US with immigrants who settled throughout the American south. Like other musical styles it has evolved over time and in its current incarnation it is quite different. American country music is really the "top 40" equivalent of folk ballads from days long past.

  15. I don’t do either of the ways I do

    Raise knee on your right
    Raise knee on your left
    Raise left leg
    Kick right leg and clap your hands under that

    Also that isn’t the Cotton Eyed Joe that our state listens to soooo…….. yeah

  16. ah man sorry to be negative but this is what you guys need to learn, how to play APEX LEGENDS , way more fun line dancing sucks

  17. Cotton Eye Joe was not really "line dancing". It was lines but it was moving, plus many regular danced to it here in S Texas. Plus in a line we would spin the line also at times. But this is not CEJ in South Texas Brush Country back in late 60's to late 80's. Only way to do it was with this guy and his family… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPWHs2Vkv1Q

  18. Thank God I found this. I was starting to think it was all in my head. I learned it this way when I was in the 1st grade. We even did it on roller skates. I'm from Texas.

  19. I was thinking, this dance doesn’t look anything like the one I’ve seen and then the music started playing and it’s not even the right song 🤷‍♀️

  20. What were those sons of bitches chanting in Urban Cowboy when this dance started? Get back to me, you bums.

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