Marco In The Ballroom: Viennese Waltz

What’s the difference between a regular Waltz and Viennese Waltz? One will take a lot more out of you.


SARASOTA – As the name says, Viennese Waltz comes straight from Vienna. It’s one of the most physically demanding dances, yet it also looks like one of the lightest.

“The onlooker, when they see it, it is really magical. It’s soft, and it’s airy and it’s light and it’s floaty. But us as the dancers, we feel very low,” Ballroom City instructor Sonia Ragan says.

Viennese Waltz is considerably quicker than regular Waltz.

“To dance faster like that, we have to lower our center of gravity, stay down.”

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Marco La Manno
New York born and Florida-raised Marco La Manno joined SNN in April 2016. His interest in weather goes back to elementary school. While attending the University of Florida, he forecasted weather for two years, won 1st Place in the College Florida Associated Press Broadcasters awards for Short Light Feature, and graduated with a bachelor's degree in broadcast news and a certificate in meteorology. His next stop was WMGT in Macon, Georgia. He forecasted weather in the Peach State for over 3 1/2 years, franchised many morning news segments from pet adoptions to video game previews, and won 1st Place for Best Light Feature at the Georgia Association of Broadcasters awards. In his spare time, Marco loves video gaming, movies, restaurant hunting, and cheering for the Florida Gators. Now he'll do it in the beautiful state where he was raised, plus he's only a few hours from family. He's thrilled to be here!