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American Viennese Waltz is a fun dance to learn. It is smooth and elegant and is danced to music that is quicker than you typically see with waltz.

Check out the American Viennese Waltz Step List.

American Viennese Waltz Bronze Step List

Left Turn or Reverse Turn

The reverse turn is the foundational step of Viennese Waltz. This step typically starts facing diagonal center. What is unique about this step compared to the reverse turn in waltz is the crossing action that happens on the forward half of the reverse turn.

Right Turn or Natural Turn

The Natural turn is a right turning figure and is typically danced facing diagonal wall. With this step you do not have a cross like you see with reverse turn. On both the front half and the second half of this step you will close your feet together.

Progressive or Change Step

The change step can be performed either backwards or forwards and is used to help progressive down the line of dance. The change step allows you to transition from turning in one direction to the other. There is no substantial rotational component to this step. You will continue to face the same direction at the start and end of this step.

Balance or Hesitation Steps

The balance or hesitation steps do not progress down the line of dance and are performed in one place. They can act as a break between your rotational steps. You can perform them forward, backward or side to side.

Fifth Position Breaks

The Fifth Position Breaks are a fun step that happens in place and does not progress down the line of dance. With this step you will step side to side and the inside foot will step behind in fifth position for the foot.

Cross Body Lead

The Cross Body Lead is similar to the cross body lead in waltz. The cross body lead action happens on the back half of the step for the lead. When stepping back with the right foot the lead will move their body out of the way allowing the follower to pass and come through.

Underarm Turn Right from Fifth Position Break

When doing the fifth position breaks you can set the lady or follower up for an underarm turn to the right. The leader will continue to perform the fifth position breaks while the follower is turning.

Cross Body Lead with an Inside Turn (left turn)

From the cross body lead the man can lead the lady in an inside turn or left turn.

Closed Twinkle

The closed twinkle is a step that transitions to and from promenade position. With a closed twinkle the feet close together. The more advanced version for an open twinkle the feet will brush instead of closing together.

In & Out Change steps (Butterfly or Front to Back)

The In & Out Change steps or Butterfly is a beautiful step where the lead and follow move from a closed hold to an open hold position. This step will continue to progress down line of dance.

In the video below you will see them dance a routine that uses this front to back step.

NDCA American Viennese Waltz Bronze Steps

If you are looking to compete in American Smooth at the bronze level. Here is a demonstration video put together by the NDCA. Use these steps to put together your routine for competition.

Learn how to dance the other American Smooth dances:

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