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Gold Dance Patterns - 3669 Westminster Waltz


  • Waltz 3/4


  • 54 measures of 3 beats per minute
  • 162 beats per minute


  • Optional


  • The time required to skate 2 sequences is 58 sec

The Westminster Waltz is characterized by stately carriage and elegance of line. It should be skated with strong edges and a softly flowing knee action. An upright stance without breaking at the waist is essential to its stately character.

The dance is commenced in Kilian hold that changes to reverse Kilian hold between steps 5 and 6. Steps 1 to 3 form a progressive sequence. Step 3, however, changes to an inside edge after 2 beats so that step 4 may be directed with a lilt and quick body weight change towards the center. Steps 5 and 6 form an inside open mohawk. At the start the man is on the woman’s left but, during the turn, both rotate individually, thus the man exits from the mohawk on the woman’s right. Step 7 should be highlighted by strong edges and good carriage. Step 8 should aim toward the side of the ice surface then step 9 should continue around the lobe.

On step 10, which starts as a cross roll for both partners, the woman turns her three in front of her partner. After the turn the partners join in closed hold, then almost immediately change to open hold for steps 11 and 12 which are cross behind chassés skated on a curve. Step 13 for the woman is an inside forward swing rocker where the swing is held for 6 beats before the turn on count 1 of the second measure. Step 13 for the man is an outside forward swing counter with the same timing. At the moment of turning the partners must be in hip-to-hip position. Step 14 must be taken from the side of the preceding foot.

On step 15 the man follows the woman’s tracing as she turns an inside three on count 4. Steps 16 to 20 are skated in closed hold. Step 16 is a cross roll for both partners. Step 17 has a very moderate progressive movement and afterwards both partners step wide for the start of step 18. Step 20 begins as a cross roll for both partners.

On count 3 of step 21, the woman turns a three aiming for the man’s left shoulder. On count 4 she steps onto a left backward outside edge and extends her right hand across to her partner’s right hand to assume reverse Kilian hold. On step 22 the man assists his partner in shifting across in front of him into Kilian hold in preparation for the restart of the dance. Care must be taken in swinging the free legs on step 22 during the RFO so as not to interfere with the transition of hold. A one-beat change of edge onto an RFI is skated at the end of step 22 to assist in changing the lean for the restart of the dance.


  • Eric van der Weyden and Eva Keats

First Performance

  • London, Westminster Ice Rink, 1938


Hold Step No. Man’s Step Number of Beats of Music Woman’s Step
Kilian  LFO      LFO
  RFI-Pr      RFI-Pr
  LFOI    2+1    LFOI
  RFI      RFI
  LFI     LFI
    OpMo       OpMo
Reverse Kilian RBI      RBI
  LBO      LBO
  RFI      RFI
  LFO      LFO
  10a  CR-RFO-SwR   2+1 CR-RFO3
Closed  10b        LBO
Open  11  LFO      RFI
  12  XB-RFI      XB-LFO
  13  LFO-SwCtr    6+3    RFI-SwRk
  14  RBI      LBO
  15  LFO    3+3  RFI3
Closed  16  CR-RFO      CR-LBO
  17  LFI-Pr      RBI-Pr
  18  Wd-RFI      Wd-LBI
  19  LFO      RBO
  20  CR-RFO3  2+1    CR-LBO
Reverse Kilian  21a  LBO    2+1  RFO3
  21b        LBO
Change Sides  22  RFOI-SwR    5 + 1    RFOI-SwR


International Dance



Reproduced with permission of the International Skating Union


International Dance - Optional Pattern


Reproduced with permission of the International Skating Union

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