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Viennese Waltz

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Viennese Waltz Variation #1 (8:03)
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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

DESCRIPTION:
Cross-Body Lead to Underarm Turn & Side-by-Side Hesitation, 'Explosion', Canter Turn to Shadow Hesitation, Shadow Runs & Turns, Horse & Cart with Wing ending.

STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, facing line of dance.
 
1-31,2,31-3 LEFT CROSS (REVERSE) TURN1/2 turn to left over steps 1-3. End backing line of dance. 
 
41Right foot back.Begin to turn to left. 
52Left foot side.3/8 turn to left between 4-5 (body turns less). Extend arms slightly, releasing lady from body contact. 
63Close right foot to left foot.Body completes turn. End facing diagonal center. Raise left hand slightly, preparing to lead lady to turn underarm. 
 
7-81(2)Left foot side & slightly forward.Step taken down line of dance. Lead lady to turn to her left under raised LH-RH hold. 
93Close right foot to left foot without weight.Lower left hand to waist level at the end of lady's turn. 
 
101Right foot side.1/8 turn to right. Step taken against line of dance, to end facing wall. With tone in left hand, lead lady to step sideways away from you. Begin to extend right arm out to side. 
11-12(2,3)No step.Continue extending right arm outward. 
 
131Transfer weight side & slightly forward to left foot, towards partner.1/8 turn to left. Retract left arm slightly, leading lady to step towards you. 
14-15(2,3)No step. Right foot remains in place, or draws very slightly towards left foot.Continue turning to left (body only). Connect right hand to lady's left hand at waist level (palms forward, flat hands). Flex knees. 
 
161Transfer weight sideways to right foot, away from partner ("Explosion"). Left foot remains pointing to side.1/8 turn to right. Apply forward pressure with right hand, extending right arm upward, then releasing RH-LH connection. Slight rise as weight is transferred to foot. 
17-18(2,3)No step.Extend right arm outward to side. Flex knees. 
 
191Transfer weight side & slightly forward to left foot.1/8 turn to left. Retract left hand, then circle clockwise, leading lady to step towards you and turn to her right. 
20-21(2,3)Close right foot to or towards left foot, without weight.Place right hand on lady's back and release LH-RH hold. 
 
221Right foot side & slightly back in shadow position (lady on right).Take lady's left hand in your left hand. End facing diagonal wall. 
23-24(2,3)No step.Position held. 
 
25-261(2)Left foot forward.Begin to turn to left. Lift left hand, leading lady to turn to her left under raised LH-LH hold. Lower right hand, allowing it to slide around her waist as she turns. 
273Right foot forward in CBMP, small step.Lower left hand at the end of lady's turn. 
 
281Left foot forward.Towards diagonal wall. Begin to turn to left. 
292Right foot forward, right side leading.1/8 turn to left between 1-2. 
303Left foot forward in CBMP. 
 
311Right foot forward.Begin to turn to right. 
322Left foot side & slightly back (pivot).3/8 turn to right between 31-32. Release right hand from lady's waist and extend left hand upward to pass over her head. 
333Right foot side & slightly forward.1/2 turn to right between 32-33 to end facing diagonal center in shadow position (lady behind). Lower left hand to waist level. 
 
341Left foot foward & across in CBMP.Step taken along line of dance, facing diagonal center. Release LH-LH hold. Extend right arm to side & slightly behind body to join RH-RH hold. 
352Right foot forward.1/8 turn to right between 31-32. Extend right hand upward and back to pass over lady's head. 
363Left foot forward, left side leading.Join LH-LH hold and release RH-RH hold. End in shadow position, lady on right. 
 
371Right foot forward in CBMP.Place right hand on lady's back. 
382Left foot forward, left side leading. 
393Cross right foot in front of left foot. 
 
40-45(1,2,3,No step. Turn to the left in place, with weight held between feet. End with feet closed.1 full turn to left over 40-45. End facing line of dance. 
1,2,3) 
 
461Right foot forward & across in CBMP.Step taken towards diagonal center, body facing line of dance. Lead lady to begin to turn to her left, then release LH-LH hold. 
47-48(2,3)Left foot closes to right foot, without weight.Lead lady to turn to take two steps forward, passing in front of you from your right side to your left. End in closed facing position (no body contact), lady on your left side, preparing to step outside partner on the following step. 
STEP#COUNTDESCRIPTIONNOTES
Begin Closed position, backing line of dance.
 
1-31,2,31-3 LEFT CROSS (REVERSE) TURN1/2 turn to left over steps 1-3. End facing line of dance. 
 
41Left foot forward.Begin to turn to left. 
52Right foot diagonally forward, right side leading in open promenade position.Slight body turn to left. Release from body contact. 
63Left foot forward in promenade position and CBMP (pivot).3/8 turn to left. End backing diagonal center. 
 
71Right foot back in CBMP (pivot).Step taken down line of dance. 1/8 turn to left between 6-7. 
82Left foot forward in CBMP (pivot).Step taken down line of dance. 1/2 turn to left under raised LH-RH hold between 7-8. 
93Right foot back.Step taken down line of dance. 1/2 turn to left between 8-9. 
 
101Left foot side.1/4 turn to left between 9-10. Step taken down line of dance, to end facing wall. Begin to extend left arm out to side. 
11-12(2,3)No step.Continue extending right arm outward. 
 
131Transfer weight side & slightly forward to right foot, towards partner.1/8 turn to right. 
14-15(2,3)No step. Left foot remains in place, or draws very slightly towards right foot.Continue turning to right (body only). Connect left hand to man's right hand at waist level (palms forward, flat hands). Flex knees. 
 
161Transfer weight sideways to left foot, away from partner ("Explosion"). Right foot remains pointing to side.1/8 turn to left. Apply forward pressure with left hand, extending left arm upward, then releasing RH-LH connection. Slight rise as weight is transferred to foot. 
17-18(2,3)No step.Extend left arm outward to side. Flex knees. 
 
19-201(2)Right foot forward, towards partner.Step taken against line of dance. 1/4 turn to right between 18-19. 
213Left foot side.1/4 turn to right between 20-21. Release LH-RH hold and allow man to take your left hand in his left. 
 
221Right foot side & slightly back in shadow position (man on left).3/8 turn to right between 21-22. End facing diagonal wall. Begin to extend right arm to side. 
23-24(2,3)No step.Continue extending right arm out to side. 
 
25-261(2)Left foot forward (pivoting action).Begin to turn to left. 
273Right foot side, small step (pivot).1/4 turn to left under raised LH-LH hold between 26-27. Then turn an additional 3/4 to left on 27. 
 
281Left foot forward.Towards diagonal wall. Begin to turn to left. 
292Right foot forward, right side leading.1/8 turn to left between 1-2. 
303Left foot forward in CBMP. 
 
311Right foot forward.Begin to turn to right. 
322Left foot side & slightly back (pivot).3/8 turn to right under raised left hand between 31-32. Swing right arm down to pass between you and your partner. . 
333Right foot side & slightly forward.1/2 turn to right between 32-33 to end facing diagonal center in shadow position (man in front). Lower left hand to waist level. 
 
341Left foot foward & across in CBMP.Step taken along line of dance, facing diagonal center. Release LH-LH hold. Extend right arm to side & slightly forward to join RH-RH hold. 
352Right foot forward.1/8 turn to right between 31-32. Extend right hand upward and back to pass overhead. 
363Left foot forward, left side leading.Join LH-LH hold and release RH-RH hold. End in shadow position, man on left. 
 
371Right foot forward in CBMP.Place right hand on lady's back. 
382Left foot forward, left side leading. 
393Right foot forward & across in CBMP. 
 
40-451,2,3,6 forward steps in a small counter-clockwise circle.1 full turn to left over 40-45. End facing line of dance. 
1,2,3 
 
461Left foot forward in CBMP.1/8 turn to left between 45-46. Step taken towards diagonal center. Release LH-LH hold. 
472Right foot forward, right side leading, towards man's left side.1/8 turn to right between 46-47. Step taken towards center. 
483Left foot forward in CBMP, small step, outside partner on left side.1/4 turn to right between 47-48. End backing line of dance. 
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