The Evening Waltz

{c. 1937}



Introduction

The Evening Waltz is a Waltz sequence dance based on left turns.

It was composed by F. J. Mainey and described by Victor Silvester, who attests that it was danced at least as early as 1937.



The Position

Closed position, Lead facing LOD.


The Dance

Part I - Forward and Back (8 bars): Back the Follow four slow steps along LOD (1, 4, 1, 4), then Back the Lead slow four steps against LOD (1, 4, 1, 4).

Part II - Reverse Waltz Forward and Back (8 bars): One and a half turns of left-turning waltz along LOD, starting Follow backing, and balancing the Lead back on fourth bar to end up with Lead facing against LOD (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 / 1, 2, 3, 4). Repeat against LOD (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 / 1, 2, 3, 4).

Part III - Side Steps (8 bars): Promenade three steps toward the center (1, 4, 1), and close without weight (4), then promenade three steps toward the outside wall (1, 4, 1), and close without weight (4).

Part IV - Hesitate and Waltz (8 bars): Back the Follow four quick steps along LOD, hesitating on the fourth (1, 2, 3, 4), then back the Lead four quick steps against LOD, hesitating on the fourth (1, 2, 3, 4). Finish with two full turns of left-turning waltz (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 / 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6).

Repeat from the beginning.


The Music

Waltz music, at 138 bpm.

The specified music is "Visions of Vienna" by J. W. Tattersall.


Sources


© 2018 Nick Enge


For more, see our two books on dancing:
Waltzing: A Manual for Dancing and Living (2013) by Richard Powers and Nick Enge,
and Cross-Step Waltz: A Dancer's Guide (2019) by Richard Powers and Nick & Melissa Enge.


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