The Waltz

 

Everyone has seen the Viennese waltz before. Whether at a wedding, a ball or at the 379th repetition of Sissi on TV. The distinguishing feature of the Viennese Waltz are its sweeping turns. After every three steps, the pair has rotated 180 degrees, so half a turn made. The Viennese Waltz is based on the 3/4 time, whereby a basic step consists of six steps, thus comprising two full bars.

The Viennese waltz knows no figures, like other standard dances, but only right or left turns. It makes you sweat quickly. So that one of the turnery does not get dizzy or bad, you occasionally take a short break or turn in the opposite direction. A bit of practice is needed so that you do not have to do the opening dance of your wedding as a humming top on the floor and then have to rush to the bathroom.

When you start practicing, do not look at your feet while dancing, but in the eyes of your partner. The clockwise rotation of the Viennese Waltz is much easier to learn than turning to the left. Pay attention to a tight posture, slightly offset to the left against each other. If you have the step sequence of the Viennese Waltz (see below) at some point in the blood, you should also move harmoniously with the music. Use your whole body and try to hover over the dance floor. Of course, that does not work right away, but practice is also the master here. Watch for even turns and move your center of gravity across the dance floor at a constant height. The larger forward step easily goes to your knees and tilts your body slightly.

Dance steps right turn for the ladies:

1. Starting position with a view in the opposite direction and beginning with the left foot

2. Step left to the left in the left, turning the body clockwise

3. Keep turning at a steady pace and then place your right foot sideways to the dance direction

4. Pull the left foot to the right and fully load, leaving the right foot free (a quarter turn is done)

5. Larger forward step obliquely forward

6. Keep turning at a steady pace and then place your left foot sideways to the dance direction

7. Pull the right foot to the left and fully loaded, leaving the left foot free (half a turn is done)

8. Look in the dance direction and start again with the left foot – now it starts again at 2, only this time first a bit backwards in the counter-dance direction, until the starting position is reached again (a complete turn is done)

Dance steps right turn for the men:

1. Starting position with a view in the dance direction and beginning with the right foot

2. Greater forward step diagonally forward with right between lady’s feet

3. Keep turning at a steady pace and then place your left foot sideways to the dance direction

4. Pull the right foot to the left and fully loaded, leaving the left foot free (a quarter turn is done)

5. Step with left to diagonally left behind

6. Keep turning at a steady pace and then place your right foot sideways to the dance direction

7. Pull the left foot to the right and fully load, which releases the right foot (half a turn is done)

8. Looking in the opposite direction and starting again with the right foot – now it starts again at 2, only this time in the counter-dance direction, until the starting position is reached again (a complete turn is made)

Before the rotation starts, a few times it will be darkened. This makes the entrance easier. However, this should not be done too properly, as at the Oktoberfest, but with a gentle sliding movement. Make a slight sideways step with left to left and load that foot with full weight so that the right foot lifts off easily. Then do the same with the other, the right foot. The men are the other way round. By the way, three strokes are counted on a stroke.

 

 

 

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