Download this dance
Tunnel Through Author: Traditional AmericanFormation:
|First couple balance and swing.
|Go down the middle, split the ring, separate, round the outside.
|When you get back home cross over, circle left with the opposite side couple, and finish near home place in two lines of three.
|Lines forward and back. Forward again, form a tunnel (middles also link hands with neighbours).
|Lone couple tunnel through, then swing while the tunnel turns half-way clockwise (end men push).
|Lone couple tunnel back. Turn the tunnel again. All swing.
|Each couple in turn leads the figure.
The dance isn't phrased to the music - watch the dancers and call to them.
You need a break involving all four couples, which traditionally comes before the first figure, after the second figure and at the end. I don't normally walk through breaks, even with newcomers; I just tell them it will involve figures they've already learnt this evening. Be inventive! Don't be afraid to challenge them a little. For instance: Everybody swing... your corner. Now run back home and swing your own.
Other possibilities: do-si-do your corner. Do-si-do your partner. Heads go forward and back. Forward again and do-si-do your opposite. Sides the same. Breaks don't have to involve complicated figures like all four ladies chain three-quarters; it's the unexpected that they enjoy, provided they can cope with it.
Unphrased (not too tuneful) American reels. Bernie Chalk used Ragtime Annie
- here's one version of the tune - though he got confused if bands played the C
: Balance & swing, split the ring, circles, lines forward and back, moving tunnel.