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.

Teaching elements

  • 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