Used by Permission and adapted from the Dance Vision International Dance Association - American Style Smooth Bronze Manual (MASB01) 2006. www.dancevision.com
Twice the fun of standard waltz at twice the speed.
The earliest waltz to appear on the stage in Vienna was in 1787. As waltz grew in popularity, Austrian composers like Strauss and Lanner increased the tempo. The high speed required much greater technique and endurance of the dancers. Like the original version of waltz, it was considered to be immoral for single ladies to dance. It continue to grow in popularity in America and Europe until the First World War.
Viennese Waltz is characterized by its high speed and revolving turns done elegantly. It still has rise and fall but to a significantly lesser degree. It is pure magic to see a large crowd dancing it (as in the movies) or local "A Night In Vienna" formal dance ball. Seattle's formal Viennese ball is in October each year. Please contact me for details.
Time Signature: 3/4
Left and Right Turns
Most Other Figures
Rise and Fall - You never rise above your standing height, as rise is created mostly by the flexing of a bent knee and ankle.
Some of My Favorite Viennese Waltz Songs:
1. "Kiss from A Rose" by Seal on Seal
Bronze Syllabus Figures:
Variations for Social Dancing:
Many smooth figures can be danced in multiple dances by changing the count. Sometimes the entrance or exit needs to be modified.