Wiener Walz

(The Viennese Step)

(1820s - 1830s)



Contemporary Description


The Position

Waltz position throughout.

Lead begins facing LOD, Follow against LOD.


The Footwork

1: The Lead steps forward with his right foot as the Follow steps back with her left foot, rotating 90° clockwise.

3: The Lead clicks his right heel to his left heel sideways along LOD. The Follow clicks her left heel to her right heel sideways along LOD. Note: Of course, after the heel click, the clicking heel returns to the ground. In terms of weight changes, a heel click is like a hop on the clicking foot, although you hop slightly early, to click exactly on the count.

4-5-6: The Lead steps back across LOD with his left on count 4, and the Follow steps forward along LOD with her right, to dance the first three counts of a rotary waltz, turning clockwise to get into position for the next count 1.


The Music

Music in fast 3/4 time.


Related Dances

The Hops-Walzer is the Wiener Walz in 2/4 time.


© 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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