The split floor is becoming very popular wherever dancers gather. The idea is that while most of the dancers are doing the dance that goes with the music, a beginner dance is provided that beginning dancers can do to the same music.
Beginning dancers really love the split floor. It keeps them dancing--not watching. Others do not like have to teach/learn the extra dances or the confusion caused by two groups doing different dances at the same time--especially near the split.
Since the instructors want to be able to change the music when hosting a regional jamboree, care must be taken that the split-floor dance will also go with the music chosen.
Please understand that this does not mean that you have to do a split floor at your Jamboree. This is entirely your decision. Split-floor dances should be used at the New Mexico Line Dance Jamboree. Anytime split-floor dances are done, always use the state-approved, split-floor list shown on this page.
Please do not change the split-floor dance. It should be danced as listed below. Tags and restarts should be done as indicated.
The following is the list of split-floor dances for New Mexico, 2021:
Split-Floor Dance Choreographer
Bring on the Good Times Ignore restarts
Cherry Bomb Ignore restarts
All I Am Is You Ignore restart
All the King's Horses
Rose from the Sea
Complete Change, A
Yes M'am, No M'am
Bonaparte's Retreat Restart on Wall 4 after 16 counts
Every Step in the Book (Almost) Ignore restarts
Story Ignore restart
Down to the Honkytonk
What If Waltz
Gone West Ignore tags
Senorita La-La-La Ignore restart
Smokey Cha Ignore restart
Alibis & Lying Eyes Waltz
Better Than You Left Me Ignore restart
Do a Little Life Ignore restart
Enchantment - NM State Dance
Sangria Time Ignore the tag & restart
Blessed Ignore tag
Champagne Promise Ignore tag and restart
I Close My Eyes Ignore restarts
Better When I'm Dancin' Ignore restart
Lay Low Ingore restart, tag - see below
Waves of Love Ignore restart
Codigo Ignore restart
Get It Right Ignore tags and restart
Cards on the Table Ignore tag and restart
Dancin' the Dust Ignore tag and restart
Rock and Roll Music
Almost Crazy Ignore tag
Amarillo by Morning Ignore tags and restart
Lonely Drum Ignore tag
Fool in Love, A Restarts on Walls 2, 4, 6 after 32
Explanation of Tags and Restarts:
Bonaparte's Retreat - Restart on Wall 4 after 16 counts. Same place as in Bonaparte's Retreat - after "Bagpipes".
Fool in Love, A - Across the board. Everyone will do the restarts together on Walls 2, 4, 6 after 32 counts.
Lay Low - Ignore restart. On the 9th wall (3rd time at 12:00), do the first 16 steps (diagonal steps), then insert the 4 raindrops tag and continue with the Charleston steps and the rest of the dance.
Cowboy Strut - Will be done as a 2-wall dance as written on the stepsheet. Do not use the 4-wall option.
Note: If you feel that your Beginning dancers can do the jam dance without the split-floor, then teach them the dance and let them do it. I suspect that most of you are already doing this.