Waltzing Tucker



Waltzing Tucker is an easy waltz mixer described by Lois Lunt in her 1961 book Mix 'Em and Match 'Em.

The Position

Partners arm-in-arm, all facing LOD.

Extra dancers of both roles in the center of the circle.

The Dance

Part I - Clapping Out (any number of bars in 4/4): Couples promenade along LOD. Extra Leads approach a Follow they want to dance with and steal her by clapping in front of her current partner, then promenading with her arm-in-arm. The Lead who has been "clapped out" now claps out the Lead behind him in the circle, who in turn claps out the Lead behind him, etc. Extra Follows approach a Lead they want to dance with and steal him by clapping out his partner, who claps out the Follow behind her, etc.

Part II - Waltz (any number of bars in 3/4): When the music shifts to 3/4, take current partner and waltz. Those who don't have a partner when the waltz begins are now the extras in the center. There is no "clapping out" during the waltz section.

When the music shifts back to 4/4, repeat from the beginning.

The Music

The recommended music is "Waltzing Tucker," but any combination of one step and waltz will work.


© 2019 Nick Enge

For more, including descriptions of 25 different waltzes and hundreds of variations thereof, see Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living a book by Richard Powers and Nick Enge.

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