Viennese Waltz

Viennese Waltz Lessons

Around the 1830s, Austrian composers Lanner and Strauss boosted the traditional Waltz by increasing the tempo significantly to approximately 55 to 60 measures per minute. Even though the fast-pace of the Viennese Waltz made it more challenging, it became a standard type of ballroom dancing.

The Viennese Waltz is a rotary-style dance where dancers constantly turn toward the leader’s right, referred to as the natural, or toward the leader’s left, the reverse. These movements are interspersed with non-rotating changes to switch the direction of rotation. A true Viennese Waltz consists only of turns and change steps. Other moves such as fleckerls, American-style figures, side sway, and underarm turns are modern inventions that are not normally found at annual balls in Vienna. Furthermore, in a proper Viennese Waltz, the couples do not pass, but rather turn left and right continuously while traveling counterclockwise around the floor following each other.

Come and learn to dance the Viennese Waltz with us every Saturday at 5 p.m. at Ventura Dance Center! Call (201) 881-6434 for more information today!

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