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5. Hesitations
Fact Sheet
Official Name:Hesitations
Dance / Level:Intermediate Bronze American Viennese Waltz
Aliases:Balance Steps
Suggested
Prerequisites:
None

A Hesitation in Viennese Waltz is a generic term for almost any movement where the dancers pause or slow down through one or more beats of music. In the Bronze American Viennese Waltz syllabus, Hesitations more specifically consist of a step in any direction on beat 1, followed by a pause through beats 2 and 3. During the pause, the dancers will typically allow the non-weighted foot to "follow-through", drawing underneath the body, either to or near the weighted foot.

In some instances dancers might choose to dance a "checked" or "stopped" action over counts 2-3. This is done by leaving the non-weighted foot pointing in place, rather than allowing it to follow through and brush towards the weighted foot. This is most commonly seen during the silver level Outside Check and Develope', or a Side Hesitation danced in open facing position.

5a. Forward & Back Hesitations

Forward & Back Hesitations consist of one forward and one back step danced to Hesitation timing (i.e. step on count 1, pause for counts 2 and 3). In the man's and lady's charts, they are shown danced consecutively for simplicity's sake. However, either Hesitation can be isolated and combined with other figures.

For example, the LF Forward Hesitation can be followed by 4-6 Reverse Turn. Likewise, 1-3 Reverse Turn could precede the RF Back Hesitation.

For additional options and maneuverability, it is also possible to reverse the direction of the Hesitations, resulting in a LF Back Hesitation and/or a RF Forward Hesitation. These, too, can be isolated and combined with other figures.

For a complete list of possible precedes & follows for each Hesitation, see the "Preceded by" and "Followed By" tabs above.

5b. Side Heitstions

Side Hesitations consist of a side step in each direction danced to Hesitation timing. In the man's and lady's charts, they are shown danced consecutively for simplicity's sake, however, either Hesitation can be isolated and combined with other figures. For example, it is very common to mix and match Side Hesitations with Side Whisks.

Side Hesitations can be taken in closed or open facing position with a one- or two-hand hold. When taken in open position, it is common to forego the foot closing action on 2-3. Instead, dancers will simply leave the free foot pointing to the side. When danced in this way, the RF Hesitation is commonly used as a substitute for the Open Break.

 

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