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American Viennese Waltz
Promenade Hesitation
7. Promenade Hesitation
Fact Sheet
Official Name:Promenade Hesitation
Dance / Level:Intermediate Bronze American Viennese Waltz
Aliases:Hesitation in Promenade Position, Promenade Balance Step

The Promenade Hesitation is a sequence of two hesitations taken in promenade position, returning to closed position on the end of the second hesitation.

Variations of Turn

As written, the promenade position is resolved on the second measure when the lady turns 1/4 to close to the man. In addition to this, there are three more options:

  • The man could turn 1/4 to right to close to the lady and end backing diagonal center.
  • They could split the difference, man and lady each turning 1/8 to end facing wall and center, respectively.
  • No turn. Partners remain in promenade and repeat Promenade Hesitation.

As a substitute for steps 4-6, many dancers prefer the Promenade Close (figure #7b). Please note this is the ending featured on the video demonstration.

Variations of Alignments

The most common direction for the Promenade Hesitation is traveling along line of dance, as written in the charts. But it is also possible to dance moving toward diagonal wall, diagonal center, or even straight toward center if traffic flow permits. When combined with the various amounts of turn, the Promenade Hesitation has quite an array of possible beginning and ending alignments.

Promenade Develope'

A popular embellishment of this figure is the addition of a "Develope" action by the lady on steps 2-3. This is known as Promenade Develope', and is a very popular social variation. Since the man cannot easily lead the lady to do such an action from this position, it is considered the lady's variation only. That is to say, she may decide to add the Develope' by her own free will, as it does not interfere with the man's intentions through the execution of the figure.

* Competitors please note that the NDCA does not permit the Develope', or any action which features the lifting of a foot high off the floor, in closed Bronze level syllabus events. If you compete in an NDCA-sanctioned event in the USA, the Promenade Hesitation is acceptable at Bronze level, but the Promenade Develope' is not.

7b. Promenade Close

The Promenade Close is a figure consisting of 3 steps, which is used as a method for closing from promenade position in both Waltz and Viennese Waltz. It can be used as an alternative ending to the Promenade Hesitation, or to any figure that ends in promenade position with the man's right foot / lady's left foot free.

In the version shown in the charts, man and lady step forward & across in promenade position, each turning 1/8 to face each other to step side, and then closing the feet.

Variations of Turn

In addition to the above amount of turn, the following are also possible:

  • Man has no turn; Lady turns 1/4 to left, closing to man. End with man facing diagonal wall.
  • Lady has no turn; Man turns 1/4 to right, closing to lady. End with man backing diagonal center.
  • Man and lady remain in promenade position without turning, to follow with another Promenade Hesitation.
7c. Promenade Cross

Like the Promenade Close, the Promenade Cross is a 3-step figure that is used as a method for closing from promenade position. It, too, is used as an alternative ending to the Promenade Hesitation, or to any figure ended in promenade position with man's right foot / lady's left foot free.

In the Promenade Cross, the lady turns 3/8 to the left to close to the man, crossing left foot in front of right foot on the last step, similar to the last step of the basic Left Cross (Reverse) Turn. The man turns 1/8 to left and closes his feet on the last step, to end facing line of dance.


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