Tennessee Waltz
 
Choreographed By:
JoThompson
Difficulty:
Intermediate
Type:
4 Wall Line or Partner Dance
Counts:
48
Music:
"Tennessee Waltz" by Emmylou Harris
"Someone Must Feel Like a Fool Tonight" by Kenny Rogers

Special thanks to Max Perry for his help with the partner variations.

Counts     Step Descriptions
 
STATIONARY SPIRALS (TWINKLES) L & R
1-2
* Step L across in front of R (1), Step R to R side, turning slightly to L (2).
3
Step L to L side with body facing slightly L.
4-6
Reverse above 3 counts.
  PARTNER NOTE: The above 6 counts are done in R. Side by Side/Sweetheart
position with lady on man's R side with R hands joined above her R shoulder,
L hands joined in front of his chest.
 
VINE ACROSS, TURN R 1 /2
1-2
Step L across in front of R (1), Step R to R side (2).
3
Step L crossed behind R.
4
Step R to R side and turn 1/2 R.
5
Step L to L side, turning body slightly R.
6
Step R to R side with body facing slightly R.
PARTNER NOTE: On counts 5-6 above the joined L hands lift over lady's head, and
lower to end joined in front of her waist, R hands are joined in front of his waist.
 
REPEAT SPIRALS L & R, VINE, TURN R 1/2
1-12
Repeat above 12 counts to end facing original wall.
PARTNER NOTE: On counts 5-6 release R hands, allow L hands to go to a man's
Hammerlock joined behind his back, then rejoin R hands in front of her waist.
 
BALANCE FORWARD, BACK, FORWARD, BACK
1-3
Step L forward (1), Step R next to L (2). Step L in place (3).
4-6
Step R back (4), Step L next to R (5), Step R in place (6).
PARTNER NOTE: Remain in man's Hammerlock for above 6 counts.
 
1-3
Step L forward (1). Step R next to L (2), Step L in place (3).
4-6
Step R back (4), Step L next to R (5), Step R in place (6).
PARTNER NOTE: On counts 1-3 above, joined R hand lift over lady's head and end joined
above her R shoulder, at the same time, release L hands and rejoin in front of his chest.
 
1/4 L TURNS 4 TIMES IN A DIAMOND
1
Step L forward to L front diagonal turning L to face 1/4 L from original wall
2
Small step R to R side.
3
Step L beside R.
PARTNER NOTE: On above 3 counts, release L hands and lift R joined
hands over lady's head, lady will be behind man.
 
4
Step R to R back diagonal turning L 1/4 to face wall opposite of original.
5
Small step L to L side.
6
Step R beside L.
PARTNER NOTE: On counts 4-6 above release R hands and join L hands, lifting
them over lady's head to end joined above her L shoulder, then rejoin R hands in
front of his chest, lady will be to man's L side.
 
1
Step L forward to L front diagonal turning L 1/4 L.
2
Small step R to R side.
3
Step L beside R.
PARTNER NOTE. Lady will be in front of man with R joined hands above
her R shoulder, L joined hands above her L shoulder.
 
4
Step R to R back diagonal turning L 1/4 to face original wall.
5
Small step L to L side.
6
Step R beside L.
PARTNER NOTE. Return to R Side by Side or Sweetheart position
as in beginning of dance with lady to man's R side.
 
TO START AGAIN FROM BEGINNING,
Step L forward turning 1/4 L on count 1 of the spiral to face new wall and
then continue with rest of the dance.
PARTNER NOTE: Remain in R Side by Side or Sweetheart position with man taking
slightly smaller step on count 1, allowing lady to maintain this position to start again.
 

ABOUT THE CHOREOGRAPHER: "I have fond memories of the song Tennessee Waltz from by childhood", says Jo Thompson. "I learned the waltz box by standing on top of my dad's feet and counting 1,2,3, over and over as he did the steps!" Another of Jo's dances, Midnight Waltz, is popular with many line and partner dancers everywhere.

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