Viennese Waltz Notes

Josh Jones

          Although it appears so, Vienesse is not a turning dance. On the left (Reverse) turn, the man steps straight forward with the left foot and then again straight forward with the right before twisting his feet together. The dancers do not rise and fall in Viennese Waltz, it just appears that they do. The man is slightly offset to the left of the woman so he can see forward. The man must keep his head out of the woman's space and the woman must lean her head backward to her left. This helps create space. The person going backward pivots with small steps and points while the person going forward turns. Josh likes to swing his right arm forward when demonstrating technique to emphasize a pendulum movement of the body.

Notes from Jim Day's Lesson

          Your belly button turns a full 180 degrees on each turn. Knees should always be slightly bent and stay bent on all steps. You are much more stable in a bent position. Jim believes you should dance Vienesse Waltz with your feet flat since there is no time to go on toe, the dance is too fast.

          Dance with your shoulders leading. The person going forward is providing the thrust and the person going backward is pointing and getting out of the way. The man's left hand and woman's right hand must not go above the woman's eye level. Push your head back into your collar but do not hunch backwards.

          The person turning thrusts his or her pelvis upward. When in a shadow position doing a right turn, get a good grip on the woman's right pelvic crest. The person going backward pivots with small steps, points sideways and gets out of the way of the other turning partner. I have found that sweeping the shoulders and pointing has really helped.

Buddy Stotts

One leg provide the forward power thrust. The man and the woman should have a loose frame that allows movement.

Virginia Coker 10/24/09

           I am over turning (turning too much). The first movement to the V cross is not a full turn but rather more a three eigths turn. I have to develop a better sense of where my body is and what it is doing.

Wayne Abbey 10/25/09

          Footwork is important. Linda was hitting my feet when she turned on the second half of the V cross turn. This occurred because I was not moving to the side and out of the way. It is important that I curve my right foot to the side and out of the way to allow her feet to move forward. On the forward movement, my right hip moves to the left along with my shoulders. The head and shoulders point to diagonal wall and the head flips forward at the V cross.

Virginia Coker 10/31/09

          The hand connection position and resistance are important. You keep open space by lowering your connecting hand and not squeezing them together at shoulder height.

Josh Jones 11/2/09

On the backward half of the reverse turn, point your toe and keep it there. Close with the other foot. Once you place your toe, don't move it. Foward-Forward-Turn It's forward movements with a turn at the end. Keep your head in the right place to create space for the woman. You create the frame and the woman puts her body into your frame.You turn your hips on the Turn V Cross. The body's movement should create the V cross, not foot movement. Rest stably on the left foot when settling on the V Cross.

USA Dance Cara Dominick 11/6/2010

We reviewed the reverse and natural turns along with the change step. A nice figure including a develope was taught. Do a forward V cross (reverse turn) but on the second half do a cross body lead with the woman with a turn ending in a type of explosion with your arms extended out side by side. At the end of the V cross the right leg steps to the left towards the woman before opening. The woman is then moved the opposite direction with a type of J hook leading into a double handed develope followed by a V cross again.

Buddy Stotts 12/20/2010

Keep your head to the left! Buddy Stotts has a mirror drill where you keep your head over the left leg and then move to the left and then move to the right all the while keeping your head over the left foot. You can also think of keeping your head over your left shirt pocket.

Viennese Waltz November 2011       Josh Jones / Robert Tarantino
The Viennese Waltz is linear not circular. The second step is forward with the toe pointing forward then there is a turn ending Backing Diagonal Wall (BDW). The crossing of the legs is a result of the upper body turn not forcefully crossing the legs. During the next two leg/foot movement you silde your feet together endng Diagonal Wall.
We did a Viennese Cross to a Cross Body Lead to a Side Break which could be oriented parallel to the Line of Dance or perpdendicular to the line of dance. It's called Cross Body because the woman crosses your body. Sway stops swing. The man creates the space for the lady to move in. This is part of the lead. One of Robert's instructors once said that you dance like a bear and surround your lady. The man's left hand also leads and is part of the frame that creates the space. There can be no uncertainty in the man's lead.

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