The Victorian



The Victorian is a two-step sequence arranged by Walter E. Humphrey in honor of the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria in 1897.

The Position

Half closed position, both facing LOD.

The Dance

Part I - Pas de Basques (4 bars): Pas de basque outward (1-and-2), inward (3-and-4), outward (5-and-6), and inward (7-and-8).

Part II - Two-Step and Trade Places (4 bars): Closing up to closed position, dance one and a half turns of two-step (1-and-2, 3-and-4, 5-and-6), then pivot two steps (7, 8), with the Lead tossing himself in front of the Follow to the outside lane on count 8, opening up to the opposite half closed position (Lead on the outside, Follow on the inside).

Parts III & IV - Repeat with Roles Reversed (4 bars): Repeats Part I and II role reversed. On Part III, the Lead's left arm in under the Follow's right arm, and in Part IV, take regular closed position, rather than role reversed position.

Repeat from the beginning.

The Music

Two-step music.


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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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