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Gold Dance Patterns - 3668 Viennese Waltz


  • Waltz 3/4


  • 52 measures of 3 beats per minute
  • 156 beats per minute


  • Optional


  • The time required to skate 3 sequences is 1:09 min

The Viennese Waltz is a light and lilting dance that must be skated with strongly curved edges. Soft knee action, neat footwork and elegant carriage are essential.

Steps 1 to 3 (also 16 to 18) form a progressive sequence. During these sequences the partners are not precisely opposite each other, but slightly to one side in a partial outside hold skating an evenly round, continuous lobe. The timing of steps 1 to 4 (and 16 to 19) is unusual for a waltz and since it adds a pleasant and distinctive touch to the dance, must be closely followed. Steps 1 and 2 (also 16 and 17) are one beat edges, followed by the three beat edge step 3 (also step 18) and another one beat cross roll step 4 (also step 19). Care should be taken to follow this timing that is a departure from the typical 1-2-3, 1-2-3 waltz rhythm pattern of the rest of the dance. Steps 4 and 19 start the new circle that curves towards the long barrier with an anticipated body weight change.

On step 5 (also step 20) a smoothly performed, change of edge is taken with the free foot passing as closely as possible to the skating foot on deep, well-rounded, strong edges. During this change of edge the partners change sides. After the changes of edge, step 6 should continue the well-rounded lobe towards the long/side barrier rather than cutting prematurely toward the end/short barrier.

Care must be taken to direct step 8 onto a true edge with the woman trailing the man. There must be a definite change of body weight at the end of step 8 for step 9 to be accomplished without difficulty. The man must skate ahead on step 9 with the woman following and paralleling his tracing. During step 9 they are momentarily in open hold with the shoulders parallel to the tracing. Steps 9 and 10 form a closed choctaw for the man, while steps 10 and 11 form an open mohawk for the woman that must be performed with the correct timing (2 + 1) and correct edges. On step 12 the woman places the left foot to the side and slightly behind the right foot that is held forward afterwards.

On step 13, the partners change from closed to outside hold for a proper takeoff for step 14. Step 14 (also step 23) is a cross roll. Step 24 should be skated in closed hold with strong edges, a rising knee action and free leg swing to emphasize the character of the dance.


  • Eric van der Weyden and Eva Keats

First Performance

  • London, Streatham Ice Rink, 1934


Hold  Step No.  Man’s Step  Number of Beats of Music  Woman’s Step
Closed*  LFO      RBO
  RFI-Pr      LBI-Pr
  LFO      RBO
  CR-RFO      CR-LBO
  XB-LFIO    2+1    XF-RBIO
  XB-RFI      XF-LBI
  LFO3  2+1    RBO
Closed  RBO      LFO
Open LFI     RFO
  10  RBO      LFO
Closed  11  XF-LBI      RBO
  12  RFI      LBI
  13  LFO      RBO
Outside  14  CR-RFO3  2+1    CR-LBO
Closed  15  LBO      RFO
Closed*  16  RBO      LFO
  17  LBI-Pr      RFI-Pr
  18  RBO      LFO
  19  CR-LBO      CR –RFO
  20  XF-RBIO    2+1    XB-LFIO
  21  XF-LBI      XB-RFI
  22  RBO      LFO
  23  CR-LBO    2+1  CR-RFO3
Closed  24  RFO-SwR      LBO-SwR

* Partners slightly to one side – in partial outside


International Dance


Reproduced with permission of the International Skating Union


International Dance



Reproduced with permission of the International Skating Union


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