Viennese Waltz Technique

  • Because the music for Viennese Waltz is so fast, it's especially important for the partners to move together as one unit. All bad habits will be amplified with fast music and there is hardly anytime to correct mistakes.
  • Do not try to step to side in order to get around, step straight forward, then swivel (remember your partner is also turning).
  • Shaping: slightly, not too much. (Some top dancers do not shape.) Shape toward inside of the turn. Shape forward and up, lengthening the opposite side from direction of shaping and don't collapse the other side. Shaping into change helps slow down momentum and signal change of direction.
  • Allow momentum of preceding turns to determine turn of a change. Typically quarter turn, but can be more or less
  • Engage the audience. That means head level, looking around at eye level
  • It's very important for the man to do the right amount of turn at the right times, or the lady will not be able to follow
  • Reverse Turn is normally used to travel down long side, and natural turn on short side. Natural Turn is underturned to go around corners, while reverse turn would need to be overturned.
  • There is no crossing of feet on in Natural Turn.
  • Reverse Turn: when feet are crossed, they should be parallel, the back foot should not be turned out. Back foot should continue to swivel on beat "3".
  • Shoulders stay level, it is hips that swing from side to side.