Viennese Waltz

Our new dance for November is the Viennese Waltz to Avril Lavigne’s I’m With You.

What is now called the Viennese Waltz is the original form of the waltz. It was the first ballroom dance performed in the closed hold or “waltz” position. The dance that is popularly known as the waltz is actually the English or slow waltz, danced at roughly half the speed.

The Viennese Waltz is a circular moving dance, which spins around the dance floor. It has natural turns (to the right), reverse turns (to the left), the fleckerl (a stationary turn), and the classic contra check which allows the couple to stop and change direction.

Our FitSteps version is danced without all the turns, so you won’t get dizzy, but there is a lovely feeling of float and sway.

View Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon’s Viennese Waltz to Tulips from Amsterdam, which scored 38 on Strictly 2014.