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Viennese Waltz

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Viennese Waltz Variation #4 (8:09)
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Viennese Waltz Combination (2:38)
All 5 Viennese Waltz variations shown together.

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STYLE:
American Style Viennese Waltz

LEVEL:
Intermediate to Advanced

DESCRIPTION:
Cross-Body Lead, Lady's Inside Underarm Turn to Side-by-Side Explosion, Back Pass to Standing Spin (alt hold), Open Natural Turns, Lady's Free Spin ending to Side-by-Side Hesitation, Fencing Line, Lady's Free Turn to Whiplash, Back Runs and Reverse Turn ending.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, facing diagonal center.
 
11Left foot forward.Begin to turn to left. 
22Right foot side.1/4 turn to left between 1-2. 
33Cross left foot in front of right foot.1/8 turn to left between 2-3. End backing line of dance. 
 
41Right foot back.Begin to turn to left. 
52Left foot side in promenade position.3/8 turn to left between 4-5 (body turns less). Extend arms away from body and slightly rightward, releasing the lady from body contact. 
63Close right foot to left foot.Body completes turn to end facing diagonal wall. Lift left hand and begin to lead lady to turn to her left under raised LH-RH hold. 
 
71Left foot diagonally forward, left side leading.Release right hand from lady's back and continue leading her to turn to her left under raised LH-RH hold. 
82No step. Begin to close right foot towards left foot.Begin to turn to right. Continue leading lady to turn underarm. 
93Close right foot to left foot.1/8 turn to right between 8-9 to end facing wall. Lower left hand at completion of lady's turn. 
 
101No step. Point left foot to side.Extend left arm with tone, leading lady to step away from you. 
11-122,3No step.Extend right arm to side. 
 
131Left foot forward toward lady's right side.1/4 turn to left between 12-13. Step is taken down line of dance. Retract left arm, drawing left hand towards your right hip, in order to lead lady to step towards your right side. Extend right arm upward. 
142Right foot side (small step).1/4 turn to left between 13-14 to face center. Release lady's right hand with your left hand, then extend left arm upward and lower right arm to chest level. 
153Left foot side (small step).1/4 turn to left between 14-15 to end facing against line of dance. Lower left arm to eye level and place right arm on lady's back. End in "Alternate Hold". 
 
16-24123, 123, 1239 small forward steps in a circle, outside partner, beginning with the right foot. (Last step may alternatively be taken backwards).2 full turns to right over steps 16-24. Maintain alternate hold throughout. End backing line of dance. 
 
251Left foot back in CBMP (partner outside).Begin to turn to right. 
262Right foot side.3/8 turn to right between 25-26. 
273Left foot forward1/8 turn to right between 26-27. End facing line of dance. 
 
281Right foot forward in CBMP, outside partner.Begin to turn to right. 
292Left foot side.3/8 turn to right between 28-29. 
303Right foot back.1/8 turn to right between 29-30. End backing line of dance. 
 
31-36123, 123REPEAT STEPS 25-30.1 full turn to right over steps 31-36. End backing line of dance. Maintain alternate hold throughout. 
 
371Left foot back in CBMP (partner outside).Begin to turn to right. 
382Right foot side.3/8 turn to right between 37-38 to end facing diagonal center. Begin to extend right arm to side, releasing lady from alternate hold and leading her to being a free spin to her right. 
393Close left foot to right foot.Release right hand completely from lady's back. 
 
401Right foot diagonally forward, right side leading.As lady turns to face you, take her left hand in your right hand. 
412Begin to close left foot towards right foot.Turn hand slightly downward (palm towards floor) to lead lady to overturn to her right. 
423Close left foot completely to right foot.End in side-by-side position, facing diagonal center. 
 
431Right foot diagonally forward, right side leading, in side-by-side position. 
44-452,3Close left foot towards right foot, without weight.Relax weight into right knee on 45. 
 
461Left foot forward & across in CBMP, strong step, in side-by-side position. Check.Body and feet are turned to diagonal center, but direction of step is straight down line of dance. The resulting position is sometimes referred to as a "Fencing Line". 
47-482,3No step.Position is held, but line may be stretched farther for artistic quality. Hip and shoulder lines should remain level. 
 
491Replace weight back to right foot.Begin to turn to left. Retract right arm and move hand slightly rightward, leading lady to turn to her left. 
502Close left foot towards right foot, without weight.1/8 turn to left between 49-50. Continue moving hand rightward, leading lady to continue turning to her right. Then release hand hold altogether. 
513No step.Place right hand on lady's back and end in cross-body position, facing center. 
 
521Left foot diagonally forward, left side leading.1/8 turn to left between 51-52. 
532Close right foot to left foot.Continue turning to left. 
543Point left foot forward.1/8 turn to left between 53-54. End backing line of dance. 
 
551Left foot back in CBMP (partner outside).Down line of dance. 
562Right foot back, right side leading. 
573Left foot back in CBMP (partner outside).Resume normal closed position hold over steps 55-57. 
 
581Right foot back.Down line of dance. Begin to turn to left. 
592Left foot side.Pointing to line of dance. 1/2 turn between 58-59 (body turns less). 
603Close right foot to left foot.Body completes turn. End facing line of dance. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, backing diagonal center.
 
11Right foot back.Begin to turn to left. 
22Left foot side.3/8 turn to left between 1-2 (body turns less). 
33Close right foot to left foot.Body completes turn. End facing line of dance. 
 
41Left foot forward.Begin to turn to left. 
52Right foot diagonally forward in promenade position, right side leading.Down line of dance. Body turns to right to face almost diagonal center. 
63Left foot forward in promenade position and CBMP. 
 
71Right foot back in CBMP.Down LOD. 1/2 turn to left between 6-7. Release left hand from man's shoulder. 
82Left foot forward in CBMP.Down LOD. 1/2 turn to left under raised LH-RH hold between 7-8. 
93Right foot back.Down LOD. 1/2 turn to left between 8-9. 
 
101Left foot side.Down LOD. 1/4 turn to left between 9-10 to end facing wall. 
11-12No step.Extend left arm to side. 
 
131Right foot forward toward man's right side.1/4 turn to right between 12-13. Step is taken against line of dance. Place right hand on man's waist. 
142Left foot forward, behind man's back.1/4 turn to right between 13-14 to face center. 
153Right foot forward, ending in front of man in closed facing position ("Alternate Hold")..1/4 turn to left between 14-15 to end facing line of dance. 
 
16-249 small forward steps in a circle, outside partner, beginning with the left foot. (Last step may alternatively be taken backwards).2 full turns to right over steps 16-24. Maintain alternate hold throughout. End facing line of dance. 
 
251Right foot forward in CBMP, outside partner.Begin to turn to right. 
262Left foot side.3/8 turn to right between 25-26. 
273Right foot back.1/8 turn to right between 27-28. End backing line of dance. 
 
281Left foot back in CBMP (partner outside).Begin to turn to right. 
292Right foot side.3/8 turn to right between 28-29. 
303Left foot forward1/8 turn to right between 29-30. End facing line of dance. 
 
31-36REPEAT STEPS 25-30.1 full turn to right over steps 31-36. End facing line of dance. Maintain alternate hold throughout. 
 
371Right foot forward in CBMP, outside partner.Down LOD. Begin to turn to right. Release right hand from man's waist. 
382Left foot side.3/8 turn to right between 37-38. 
393Right foot forward in CBMP.Down LOD. 5/8 turn to right between 38-39. 
 
401Left foot back.1/2 turn to left between 39-40. Extend left hand toward man at approximately waist level, allowing him to take a LH-RH hold. 
412Right foot side.3/8 turn to right between 40-41 (body turns less). 
423Close left foot to right foot.Body completes turn. End in side-by-side position, facing diagonal center. 
 
431Right foot diagonally forward, right side leading, in side-by-side position. 
44-45Close left foot towards right foot, without weight.Relax weight into right knee on 45. 
 
461Left foot forward & across in CBMP, strong step, in side-by-side position. Check.Body and feet are turned to diagonal center, but direction of step is straight down line of dance. The resulting position is sometimes referred to as a "Fencing Line". 
47-48No step.Position is held, but line may be stretched farther for artistic quality. Hip and shoulder lines should remain level. 
 
491Replace weight back to right foot.1/4 turn to left. 
502Left foot foward in CBMP.1/8 turn to left between 49-50. 
513Right foot back in CBMP.1/2 turn to left between 50-51. When man releases LH-RH hold, extend left arm upward. 
 
521Left foot forward in cross-body position.1/2 turn to left between 51-52. 
532No step. Close right foot toward left foot, without weight.Continue turning to left. 
543No step. Point right foot back.1/2 turn to left on left foot over 52-54. End facing line of dance. 
 
551Right foot forward in CBMP, outside partner.Down line of dance. 
562Left foot forward, left side leading. 
573Right foot forward in CBMP, outside partner.Resume normal closed position hold over steps 55-57. 
 
581Left foot forward.Down line of dance. Begin to turn to left. 
592Right foot side.3/8 turn to left between 58-59. 
603Cross left foot in front of right foot.1/8 turn to left between 59-60. End backing line of dance. 
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