The Waltz has become one of the most popular dances in existence today. Its roots date back some 400 years to the days of Bavarian folk dances. The original form of the Waltz was first danced in Germany during the 13th century when peasants filled the dance with glides, turns, and rolls. During the 16th century, it was danced as a round dance referred to as the “volta”.
When the Waltz was first introduced in Europe, it was looked down upon because people were shocked to see a man dancing with a hand on a lady’s waist. The Waltz did not become popular in the United States until 1840.
The Waltz is one of the easiest dances for beginners to learn. It features a classic “box step” that is danced to music in ¾ time. When taking Waltz dance lessons, you will learn a series of 6 movements that form the shape of a box. This step is included in the American Waltz. While there are several Waltz variations, this is the style often recommended for beginners. Other Waltz steps taught during Waltz dance lessons include the change step, underarm turn, and the hesitation step.
Waltz music is slower than other rhythm dances with the first beat usually a low bass note and the next two notes being a little higher. Famous Waltz songs include “Open Arms” by Journey, “Perfect” by Ed Sheeran, and “Come Away with Me” by Norah Jones.
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