International Style Ballroom Viennese Waltz
The Viennese Waltz fast, energetic and so graceful.
The forerunner of our Modern/Slow Waltz. With its
3/4 timing, its accented first best, rotational movement
and lack of rise and fall. With 58 - 60 Bars or 174 - 180
Beats per minute. Even the facts about the dance send
your head spinning. Once the music starts you're
immediately transported to one of the many
grand ballrooms of Vienna! The Viennese Waltz is rarely
seen outside of the competition environment, though
it is danced more socially on the continent. It is
seen by many dancers, and competitors, as a dance
of endurance! The ideal tempo is 60 bars to the minute
but the figures may be danced to any waltz played
between 44 and 64 bars per minute.
Time Signature - 3/4 (3 Beats to 1 Bar)
58 - 60 Bars Per Minute
Accented On First Beat
eg 123 123 123
Fast Music In 3/4 or 6/8 Time.
Often Classical such As Music of Strauss.
The same hold is applied as for the Waltz.
Gent's Right arm placed just below Lady's shoulder blade
finding the Lady's bra strap. Gent's Left hand takes hold
of Lady's right hand, arm raised with hand at Lady's eye
level. Both elbows should be level on same line. Not too
tight Gents. Lady needs to breathe.
Lady will place her Left arm gently resting on the
Gent's Right arm. Holding her own weight, not grasping
or clawing at Gent's arm. Her Right hand should be
placed into the Gent's Left hand.
The Lady should be standing slightly over to the
Gent''s Right hand side. Head to Left so she can
see over Gent's Right shoulder. His head is up
and to the Left so he can see over her Right shoulder.