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Viennese Waltz

Viennese Waltz is the oldest dance style among those existing today, having its origins in the Austrian folkloric dance, Landler. Emerged in the second half of the 18th century, it brought an extremely rapid tempo, a progressive rhythm, representing a true challenge for all beginner dancers. Once you begin to master the technique, you will look charming on the dance floor!

The history of the Viennese Waltz

As the name suggests, the Viennese Waltz has its origins in the popular Austrian and German dances, especially in the Austrian Landler. In the Viennese Waltz, like in the case of its predecessors, the couples did not dance in a very close position, but rather in quasi-close position or one near the other. Moreover, in the original Viennese Waltz, the couples danced in circle, around the dance floor, as compared to nowadays, when each couple dances independently.

The Viennese Waltz evolved along with the music of great composers, such as Johann Strauss who created music especially for this dance style. Soon, it took over the entire social scene, reaching England in 1812. During the inter-war period of the 20th century, the Viennese Waltz lost some of the acquired popularity, but very soon got it back, and nowadays it is one of the most known and appreciated ballroom dances!

 

FLOAT ON WALTZ RHYTHMS

Graceful, elegant, harmonic

Songs adequate for Waltz

  • ‘Kiss from a rose’ – Seal
  • ‘The Blue Danube’ – Johann Strauss II
  • ‘Have you ever really loved a woman’ – Bryan Adams
  • ‘Charade’ – Andy Williams
  • ‘Lara’s Theme’ – Love theme from ‘ Dr. Zhivago

Waltz in movies

  • ‘Meet me in St. Louis’ – 1944
  • ‘Cinderella’ – 1950
  • ‘Beauty and the beast’ – 1991
  • ‘Shall we dance’ – 2004
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