Viennese Waltz or more popularly Waltz is a ballroom dance performed in a ‘closed position’. This ‘ballroom’ dance is said to have originated from Austria during the 16th century. It is basically performed in the ¾ time signature. This dance form became extremely popular in Vienna, Austria during the late 17th century. Furthermore, Waltz was used as a template to create several other ballroom forms of dancing.

History/origin of the Waltz Dance:

The Waltz was apparently first seen by a French philosopher called Montaigne in 1580 in a city called Augsburg located in Bavaria, Germany. However, it was during the late 17th century that this dance gained popularity in Austria especially in Vienna. It was during this period that ladies residing in Vienna were said to be “waltzing” on a regular basis. Furthermore, once this dance gained popularity in Austria it then gradually spread to several other countries around the world. According to singer Michael Kelly, this dance style is supposed to have arrived on the shores of England in the year 1791. In addition, the growing popularity of this dance around the world led to the development of several other ballroom dance styles around the world.

Costumes used in the Waltz Dance:

The costume used in the waltz varies according to gender. They are as follows:

For Men:

The attire worn includes a formal shirt, trousers, and a pair of formal shoes.

For Women:

The attire worn includes a ballroom gown and a pair of high heel shoes.

Music involved in the Waltz Dance:

The musical instruments mainly used in this dance include the piano, the violin and the bass.

Training availability and dance technique involved in the Waltz Dance:

In terms of technique, this dance involves the performers i.e. male and female performing to the rhythm of the music in close proximity to one another. In addition, the male performer usually places his hand on the buttocks of the female performer while dancing. As for training centers/schools, there are many available around the world for all those interested in learning this extremely popular “ballroom” style of dancing.

How to dance the Viennese Waltz (Waltz dancing Basic tutorial video for beginners):

The following 3 videos show the basic steps of the Viennese Waltz dance explaining how to do the waltz dance. All these 3 YouTube channels provide extensive tutorials covering the basics of waltz dancing for beginners.

  1. Egils Smagris
  2. 375 Dance Studio
  3. Howcast

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