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How to Dance Viennese Waltz

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# Beginner Guides

Originating in Vienna, Austria, the Viennese Waltz is significantly faster-paced than the Waltz (often referred to as the “Slow Waltz” for this reason). The Viennese Waltz is only comprised of seven figures, therefore dancers spend a lot of time focusing on the creation of the same full, voluminous movements that seem to race around the dance floor.

 

Timing

The Viennese Waltz is danced in a 3/4 time signature to faster music, upwards of 120 beats per minute. Like the traditional Waltz, the Viennese Waltz can be counted as "123". Sometimes, the Viennese Waltz will be counted as it is phrased, "123, 223, 323, 423, etc." allowing the dancer to have a better understanding of the location of their choreography within the phrase.

 

Breakdown of Basic Step

In the Viennese Waltz, the feet stay in contact with the floor, creating a smooth, gliding look. Learn more about the rise, fall and sway action within our syllabus manuals here.

 

As a follower:
  1. Start with your weight on your left foot with your right foot free.
  2. Step back on your right foot.
  3. Step to the left with your left foot.
  4. Close your right foot to your left foot, changing weight.
  5. Step forward with your left foot.
  6. Step to the right with your right foot.
  7. Close your left foot to your right foot, changing weight.
  8. Begin again! You may notice that you have created a "box" on the floor with your feet, hence the terminology "Waltz box" to describe this basic step!
As a leader:
  1. Start with your weight on your right foot with your left foot free.
  2. Step forward with your left foot.
  3. Step to the right with your right foot.
  4. Close your left foot to your right foot, changing weight.
  5. Step back on your right foot.
  6. Step to the left with your left foot.
  7. Close your right foot to your left foot, changing weight.
  8. Begin again! You may notice that you have created a "box" on the floor with your feet, hence the terminology "Waltz box" to describe this basic step!
Try it from Home

Discover our 4 tips on how to learn to dance from home with Dance Vision.
 
Dance to the Music

We love Viennese Waltz so much, we made a whole playlist of Viennese Waltz music!
 

 

Who knows, you might find your new favorite song to jam to and get inspired by!

Now that you’re hooked on the Viennese Waltz, check out more steps on our website and App. Let’s dance!

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