Tennessee Wig Walk
Formation: Double circle of pairs with inside dancer (usually gents) facing
Counter-clockwise and outside dancer (usually ladies) facing clockwise.
Raised right hands are joined palm-to-palm at shoulder level.
Footwork: Identical footwork throughout. All begin with the left foot.
Music: “The Tennessee Wig-Walk”, Russ Morgan. Decca 9-28846
Download RTF file: Tennessee Wig Walk
After the pick-up there are 8 beats before the vocal part and the start of the dance. Prompts for this simple dance are usually given partly with the music to keep dancers in time and partly as pre-cues.
25-32 – – – -; Ready for the Points (or Touches);
1-8 Front -, Side -; Cross in 3 -;
9-16 Front -, Side -; Cross in 3 -;
17-24 Around – – -; – – Forward;
25-32 To the second dancer; – Ready with left;
There are two variations for beats 1-4, take your pick.
1-2 Point left toe forward (or Touch left heel forward).
3-4 Point left toe to left side (or Touch left toe beside right instep).
5-8 Dancers exchange sides by sliding sideways nose-to-nose in 3 steps and changing to a left handhold as they do so. Swing left foot behind right placing weight on it, step to right on right foot, and close left foot beside right foot (Behind, Side, Close). Pause on the 4th beat establishing balance. Those facing CCW are now outside.
9-16 Dancers repeat 1-8 using their right foot first and changing hands again as they change sides back to their original position.
17-24 Dancers Two-hand Star Right exactly once around starting with the left foot for a left, right, left, brush (barely touch the floor as the foot is brought forward but do not step on it until the next beat); right, left, right, brush to end in their original position.
25-28 Dancers release their handhold and walk straight ahead (insides CCW, outsides CW) continuing the left, right, left, brush foot pattern. On the 4th beat dancers tap fingers or “high five” with the dancer they are passing in the opposite circle. (Alternatively dancers can do a weaving action passing left shoulders with the first one they meet.)
29-32 Dancers continue with a right, left, right, brush moving straight ahead toward the second person in the opposite circle. Upon meeting, they join raised inside hands ready to repeat the dance.
Choreography by: The song was written in the early 1950’s. The dance was invented by Syd Perkin and Edna Duffield, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England.
Source: Printed in CD Journal, February 2005
Usage: This dance requires good coordination and comfort with partner changes.
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