Viennese Waltz

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People always ask me what my favorite dance is and I hate that question because I like them all for different reasons.  Viennese Waltz does rank up there though for many reasons.  When it is done right, it feels wonderful when you are flying around the dance floor totally connected and just moving as one.  There is the sweeping feel to it that nothing else comes close to.  Waltz is very elegant in its own way but when you’ve done Viennese, doing a Waltz is like trading in a Porsche for a mini-van.  (OK, I’ve never owned either so I don’t know if that is exactly what it is like).

I do have something of the hopeless romantic in me and the Waltz and Viennese Waltz do appeal to that as well.  The most recent YA book I was reading included a Waltz scene which I could fully imagine and feel.  That is another appeal of dancing that has grown as I’ve gotten more proficient which is the ability of a dance to take you to a different place or time.  And, there is the timing which is different from the other dances so nothing else really feels like a Viennese Waltz.

I’ve also mentioned in the past that one of the toughest parts about transitioning to Kid T was that she was always stronger with the Rhythm dances.  Between her frame issues and mine, we struggled to have the kind of connection that I had with Z or the Body Double.  In a dance like Viennese Waltz, that becomes all the more critical.

Yesterday felt like a breakthrough.  We were building on the things the coach taught us and there is one section where we have five open naturals in a row followed by a separation.  OwnerGuy helped a bit at one point but the coach used a sports analogy which was perfect for me.  It was all about follow through and the second step.  He used throwing a football as the analogy and it was brilliant.  He also got me into position to use my head weight better which also was supposed to help with the rotation.

So we were touching on all parts of the Viennese Waltz that he spoke about but the most dramatic improvement was in that part.  It took a couple of tries to capture the feeling again but all of a sudden we were flying.  There was so much rotation and it was just so easy and effortless.  It set up the separation perfectly because we had built up so much momentum that we could just use that to make the separation happen almost automatically.

The downside was that I was actually a little dizzy after completing it which hasn’t happened before but she says that’s a sign we are doing it right because we are certainly getting a lot more rotation which is the whole goal.

I’ve written before that dance progress is a difficult thing for me to measure because I can only judge on how something feels and sometimes I don’t really know what the right “feel” is.  So, even if I’m doing something different, I don’t necessary know that it is better.  This was different.  The way it felt was a huge improvement and because it felt smoother and flowed so much better, I just knew it was a step in the right direction.

It is short little part of the routine but it really captures for me the best of Viennese Waltz.  We are solidly connected with me providing the drive on the first half and she does it on the back half.  We’re basically a dancing machine firing on all cylinders and that just allows you to effortlessly soar around the dance floor.  It is one of those times when I wish I could just capture the essence of how it felt and share that because the words can only go so far.

So we are back on that roller coaster again.  Monday was bad.  Yesterday was good.  Who knows what today will bring.



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