WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - It started a flash mob performance in central Florida and made its way all the way to Malaysia.
The "Shuffle Boogie Soul" line dance is spreading over video-sharing sites like YouTube!
Ira Weisburd is the man behind the routine that puts a twist on traditional line dancing.
"I thought wow, this would be great for the soul line dance community and the international line dance community."
The dance is to the song, "Honky Tonk", by Preston Shannon.
Dennis Mobley of "Elite Line Dancing of Palm Beach" helped make the dance popular after posting video of a dance class practice to YouTube.
"After about 2 weeks, it had 10,000 hits," said Mobley.
The very next day, it was picked up by Preston Shannon, the song's singer.
"He emailed me himself and said he was just thrilled with it. He said thank you , thank you, thank you for making a dance to my song! It was like hearing from Prince or Lady Gaga," said Weisburd.
The "Shuffle Boogie Soul" line dance then headed straight to number one on the dance charts!
"It reached most danced in the world within about 5 weeks, and it's now second most taught in the world."
It's supposed to be a beginner level line dance
"If you can move side to side and back to back. you can do this dance."
And it has both men excited that their hip movin' and scootin' has introduced line dancing to people outside of country western bars.
"There's more to line dancing than just 'yee haw', cowboy boots, you know? It has become international. And it's done to a whole genre of music," said Wiesburd.
The dance will be performed on November 6 at the Treasure Coast Blues Festival.
It will be broadcast over the Internet live so that dancers around the world can simultaneously dance to the "Shuffle Boogie" in what is called a Flash Mob performance.
For more details visit www.soullinedancing.net or http://www.israelidances.com.
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