Contra Check

Viennese Waltz Contra Check

The Viennese Waltz Reverse Turn is a Gold Level figure. This online reference gives a detailed description of the dance steps, including timing, footwork, alignment, and movement; steps diagram; a list of figures that may precede or follow the pattern; and videos providing instruction and demonstration of the figure, techniques and practice routines that include it.

Man

Commence facing LOD or other alignments.
Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM Rise & Fall
Notes
1
1
LF fwd small step in CBMP
FDC
Foot flat
1/8 to L btwn preceding step and 1
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CBM
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Split weight in CBMP. Do not take body weight too far forward ahead.
2
2
Transfer weight back to RF
Backing
Against LOD
T
1/8 to R btwn 1 and 2
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3
3
LF back and slightly to side, small step with toe turned in (pivot)
BDC to end Facing Aaginst LOD
THT
3/8 to R btwn 2 and 3, and 1/8 on 3
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CBM
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  • extend right side forward, but don't turn at hips, should be extension, rather than rotation, think of a fencing lunge

Lady


Step Timing Movement 
Alignment Footwork Turn Sway CBM
Rise & Fall
Notes
1 1 RF back small step in CBMP
BDC
T 1/8 to L btwn preceding step and 1
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CBM
-
* Release L hip back, hip turning left, follow Man's rotation. R knee and thigh start to go in toward L leg. Then R leg get into checking position.
* Step RF under left shoulder (best way to gauge the size of the step).
* RF is turned in. RF heel off the floor, do not drop it.
* Do not peel left side off.  Do not let shoulder weight travel back too quickly to pull Man fwd.
* Weight is split. but do not sit back, stretch hip flexors; keep center to Man. It almost feel like pushing up, instead of coming down. (Weight can move more onto back foot.)
* Stay left to Man, do not inch towards middle.
2 2 Transfer weight fwd to LF
Facing Against LOD
Foot flat
1/8 to R btwn 1 and 2
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* The checking action: leave elbows with Man, lengthen arm, take head back.
* LF can have 2 options: keep flat foot, or release heel slightly and then come back out. Do not lift toe of LF. If anything, point the left foot.
* Head follow left elbow. Think about looking at your RF over your shoulder, while keeping body to Man.
* Come back up: Left shoulder forward.
* Stay very left to Man's R side.
* Everything is fast, don't stay back too long.
3 3 RF fwd small step btwn Man's feet
FDC, to end backing against LOD
TH
3/8 to R btwn 2 and 3, 1/8 to R on 3
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CBM
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