The History of the Waltz and What it’s All About

The waltz is the epitome of a flowing, romantic dance. When you think about a couple dancing the waltz you probably envision the woman in a long flowing dress and man in a tuxedo with long coat tails, both smoothly gliding and turning as they move across the dance floor.

The Waltz got its name from the German word ‘waltzen’, meaning ‘to turn’. The dance is made up of many flowing turns, living up to its name.

The Viennese Waltz came to Vienna in the early 1800′s. Gaining popularity in France and then England shortly afterwards. It is said that the waltz was first danced in the United States in 1834, in Boston.

In its very early stages, the waltz was considered to be a forbidden dance due to the closeness of the dance partners. Somewhere between 1814 and 1819, the dance gained public acceptance and has grown to be the dance it is today.

There are 2 accepted forms of the waltz, the Modern Waltz (also known as the Slow Waltz), and the Two-Step Waltz (known as the Viennese or Old Waltz). Both are danced in time with the strongest accent on the first beat.

The one thing that hasn’t changed, is that the waltz is incredibly romantic and captivating.

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