(1820s - 1830s)

Contemporary Description

The Position

Waltz position throughout.

The Footwork

The Rutscher is a Waltz in SQQ timing to music in 2/4 time.

It can also be reversed, as illustrated below.

The Music

Music in 2/4 time.

Today, it's often danced to Polka music, but the Rutscher predates the Polka.

© 2015 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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