Here in Ireland we have a dance called the "irish old-time waltz" which is identical to viennese waltz except: i)The music is slower at about 55 bars per minute ii) There is no lock on the reverses. The reverse turn feels easier (in the sense that i feel more together with my partner) when using the lock. I always thought that the lock allowed me to keep my centre towards my partner on the reverses.
As far as I can make out, long before the V. Waltz, part of this dance which was called the Volta in the 1500`s was to lift the lady from the right side to the left side of the man and back again after a Reverse movement for a Natural. Some that I have danced with lately, i think it would be better if they lifted me. The word Volta in Italian means turn. The Foxtrot as danced up to 1920. The Reverse Turn was a Reverse Viennese. Cross with a Feather Finish
Terence, thanks for making the point about variations on dances. They are fun to learn and teach, but they can also be borderline on whether they, as you say, "define" the dance. I can see where those with far more expertise and experience than I would have fun debating that. As for the VW, the point made about keeping it moving in a straight line is important. I have seen some dancers "cheat" on this dance (including myself, depending on my partner at the time) and skip the crossing or lock steps. This results in simply going around in a dizzying circle, it seems. A tip I got on this board last year about viewing this dance as one that keeps moving along LOD helped me cut down on the tendency to get stuck twirling around in one place -- and getting sea sick doing it!
Dheun. If you commence all of the Natural Turns that you do facing diag to the centre. That includes going from a Reverse to a Natural. Use the Forward Change correctly at the end of the Reverse to finish diag to centre. When going from a Natural to a Reverse use the Forward Change to bring you to facing the LOD. not diag to centre. The alignments are very simple. Natural Diag to centre Reverse facing the LOD. These alignments are not just at the commencment of the dance. But all the way through. As it happens last night a person I know was having his first lesson on the V Waltz. It could be seen how he froze when told to face diag to centre to start his Natural Turn on his right foot turning clockwise. Been there done that.
HungJX. I wouldn`t be looking at the Alex Moore book . I would be looking for one thing. At how step six of a Natural Turn. as the foot closes is being performed today. It is flat on the floor. Things have changed over the last 70 years.