The Waltz

Elegant, beautiful, romantic and dreamy

This video course includes teaching from Kevin and Joanne Clifton covering Posture, Frame & Hold, Basic Change Step, Natural Turn, Reverse Turn, Whisk & Chasse, Spin Turn, Throwaway Oversway, Standing Spin, Routine Breakdown and a Routine Demonstration.

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Dreamy feel

Flowing, smooth, elegant, beautiful and romantic

The Waltz is danced in a closed position and travels anticlockwise around the floor with the couple turning constantly to right and left.

The music, accented on the first beat, has a lilting feel thus encouraging continuous rise and fall throughout each bar, written in ¾ time. Most figures constitute three steps, adopting a single swing or pendulum motion thus giving the dance a flowing, smooth, elegant, beautiful, romantic and dreamy feel. Considerable sway towards the inside of the turn allows the dance to move freely.

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History of the Waltz

This dance, originally derived from the German word ‘waltzen’ meaning to revolve, came to light in the 16th Century with a country dance called the ‘Spinner’ which developed into the ‘Landler’. This stepping and hopping dance was calmed by the landed gentry into a more gliding, rotating dance with more personal contact, thus attracting a lot of attention. The minuet and other court dances were suddenly rather less interesting.

Strauss started to write more rapid waltz tunes called Viennese Waltzes and slower versions were introduced to the British by the Kings German Legion barracked in the south of England in the Early 1800’s.

Most ballroom functions finish with a last Waltz

It was immediately labelled provocative because of the closeness of the dancers and the hint of intimacy. The Oxford English Dictionary called it ‘riotous and indecent’

Over the years the Waltz has become extremely popular and totally respectable. The Slow (English) Waltz is now the acceptable social and International style and the Viennese Waltz is still popular in Europe and also a competition dance.