The Viennese waltz is different from all the other forms of Waltz, with it’s fast pace and swiftness. Matching the ballroom traditions of the nineteenth century, the Viennese Waltz has a very high standard of performance, during which the body is to be continuously toned. Each line of the body must be clear and hold a picture of poise. Excessive shaping and mannerisms in the performance of the Viennese Waltz are not welcome.
The Viennese Waltz originally was a group dance, almost in formation, where couples would follow one another around the floor in circles. It was a very elegant and prestigious affair, where it was impolite to pass neighbouring dancers. The hold was also different, without the revolutionary closed contact that was introduced by the English Waltz, instead favouring a hold with a large gap between the couple. The modern version has grown from the humble roots, but the same principles of movement are still crucial.
The secret of the beauty lies in the change of speed and constantly alternating between turn to the left and right. The rapid rotation of the Viennese Waltz is based on a deep understanding of partnering, and the movements are performed smoothly and gracefully, despite the whirling speed.
Movement: flowing, flying, continuous, soft, smooth, circular, swinging.
Mood: lovely, joyful, uplifting, timeless
Scenario: champagne, friendship, chivalry
Musical size: 3/4.
Beats per minute: 60.
Accent: strong count one.
Rise and Fall: Exists in a minor form, where the feet must not lift from the floor when the feet close.