The elegant sweeping movement of the Waltz gives dancers a chance to practice balancing to move lightly with ease.
Considered the mother of present-day dances, the Waltz began in southern Germany in the 17th century. The popularity of the Waltz grew with the music of Johan Strauss and eventually blossomed in the 20th century. It is the basis for many dances and is popular today over the world.
The waltzes written 3/4 time and has a slow to medium tempo with the musical accent occurring on the first beat of each measure. The basic count for Waltz is 1, 2, 3. Faster tempo Waltz is called Viennese Waltz.
The basic components of Waltz are walking steps and side steps. Rise and fall and Body Sway are some of the styling characteristics which make the simplest Waltz patterns elegant and beautiful.
- Posture Learn to relax shoulders for a more confident look
- Rise and fall Explore the essence of waltz styling
- Balance combinations Strengthen ankles and develop momentum control
- Drive & Drift Develop flow and movement
- Alignments Use room alignments to move line of dance
- Control Use of movement and coordination
- Compare/contrast Foxtrot, Rumba, Samba
Waltz songs and artists include:
Moon River – Andy Williams
Open Arms – Mariah Carey
Could I have this Dance – Anne Murray
Are You Lonesome Tonight? – Elvis Presley