ISTD and IDTA Syllabus

Some people consider entire Viennese Syllabus to be five step; natural turns, reverse turns, change steps,
natural fleckerl and reverse fleckerl. The fleckerl steps are extremely difficult to do well.

Two reason the syllabus is small are (1) the international style allows only closed positions, (2) the fast musical
tempo does not allow a beat to be split into two steps.

Tempo  60  measures/minute

Bronze      
       Natural turn    
       Reverse turn
       Forward closed change: natural and reverse
Silver
      Backward closed change: natural and reverse
Gold
       Natural fleckerl
       Reverse fleckerl
       Contra check

NDCA Syllabus

The National Dance Council of America (http://www.ndca.org/ ) sells syllabus for American style Viennese waltz.

Tempo  54 - 56  measures/minute

1 Basic Left Turn (reverse turn)
  Left Hesitation Turn
2 Basic Right Turn (natural turn)
  Right Hesitation Turn
3 Side Hesitation
   Side Cross Hesitation
4  Forward Hesitation
   Backward Hesitation
5 Progressive Hesitation
6 Curtsy Hesitation
7 Right Outside Run-Around
8 Promenade Run-Around
9A Cantor Rocks Left
  Cantor Rocks Right
10 Left Fleckerl (Reverse Fleckerl)
    Right Fleckerl (Natural Fleckerl)

American Dance Studio Syllabus

American chain dance studios do not release their syllabi to the public. The number of steps in syllabi
can be large do to use of open positions. Studios often make major changes to their syllabus ever few years. A few popular steps are listed below.

Bronze      
       Reverse and natural turns, cross lead, simple underarm turns.
Silver
      Cantors, curtsy, butterfly, hesitation and run.

Article

How to do the Viennese waltz
Appendix A: Learning The Viennese Waltz
Appendix B: How To Do The Viennese Waltz
Appendix C: Etiquette
Appendix D: Clothes
Appendix E: What Makes a Good Ball
Appendix F: Recorded Music Appendix
G: Floor Friction

 

Patterns

Descriptions are provided as aid to memory for those familiar with patterns.

Notation for patterns

turns: in 1/8 th of circle - for left or ccw, + for right or cw floor alignment: position of feet relative to LOD in 1/8ths 0 LOD 0 LOD -1 DC 1 DW -2 C 2 W -3 aDC 3 aDW -4 aLOD 4 aLOD In some pattern the natural and reverse turn can interchanged. For example, basic turn pattern pattern can be started with natural turn toward diagonal center. Pattern: Opening Honors TBS Pattern: Basic Reverse and Natural Turns -international style meas. count foot floor turn rota- description steps align. ccw/cw tion 1 1-2 3 L R L -1 -3 0 rev 2 2-2 3 R L R 4 -4 -3 rev 3 3-2 3 L R L 0 -4 -7 rev 4 4-2 3 R L R 4 -4 -11 rev 5 5-2 3 L R L 0 -4 -15 rev 6 6-2 3 R L R 4 -4 -19 rev 7 7-2 3 L R L 0 1 -23 change step 8 8-2 3 R L R 1 3 -22 nat 9 1-2 3 L R L 4 4 -19 nat 10 2-2 3 R L R 0 4 -15 nat 11 3-2 3 L R L 4 4 -11 nat 12 4-2 3 R L R 0 4 -7 nat 13 5-2 3 L R L 4 4 -3 nat 14 6-2 3 R L R 0 4 1 nat 15 7-2 3 L R L 4 4 5 nat 16 8-2 3 R L R 0 -1 9 change step Pattern: Curtsy -American style TBS Pattern: Simple Butterfly -American style TBS Pattern: Double Hesitation and Runs -American style TBS

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update 12 September, 2000