One of my members ask me about the history of "Viennese Cross" syllabus. Where does it come from? What is the origin dance officially having this name (containing this syllabus)? Are there any document to define this figure? Thanks for help.
One of the earliest books written on the Technique of Dancing was in by a Thoinot- Arbeau published in 1588 called Orchesographie. He incidentally was a priest. It wasn`t till the Seventeenth century when Louis X1V founded his Academie Royal de Musique et due Dance that hard and fast rules for the execution of each dance were laid down. Ballet Technique lingered on for two centuries until the Victorian Era. Its pretty safe to say that somebody in all that time must have used a Viennese Cross in a Reverse Movement. If you asked who introduced the Double Reverse Spin. Or the Throwaway Oversway. Or the Natural Turn in the Waltz. These are all well known.