Viennese Waltz Technique

Viennese Waltz Technique

See Also: Standard Technique for posture, range of motion, forward and backward walk.
  • Posture: Music for Viennese Waltz is so fast, it's important for the partners to have good posture and move together as one unit. 
    • Head, shoulders, rib cage and hips in upright, lined up position, pull ab muscle, feeling lifted, lengthened and stretching up.
    • Palm connected, not too light, not strong, but with upward pressure in the palm that comes from the back. Do not twist wrist into body.
    • Maintain the upright lengthened position even when you come down to knees.
    • Partners in offset positions, 4 tracks for moving legs. Lady's R leg touches Man's R leg.
  • When starting the dance,
    • Lady does not get into place and bend back and take head out to produce shape. Lady aims to go to Man's right side, leaving some space, then leave head, send middle of body forward to produce diagonal stretch to left.
    • Lady pay attention to not peel off on right side.
    • Preparation step: Start with Man FDC, Lady BDC.
      • Preparation step is often danced by Man stepping to his left, Lady stepping to her right. Lady may turn her head, but make sure to stay on  Lady's quadrant, on Man's right side. 
      • Continue with Natural Turn.
  • Viennese Waltz is fast. Movement is smooth and gliding, very flat action, keep knees flexed. Do not do strong rise as in Slow Waltz
  • Shaping: slightly, not too much. (Some top dancers do not shape.)  Shaping helps slow down momentum and signal change of direction.
    • 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. 
    • There is some shaping in Natural Turn
    • Reverse Turn is more flat.
  • 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.