Considered the mother of present day dances, the Waltz began in southern Germany in the 17th century. The popularity of the Waltz grew with the music of Johann Strauss and eventually blossomed in the 20th century. It is the basis for many dances and is popular today all over the world.
Waltz dance music is written in 3/4 time and has a slow to medium tempo with the musical accent occurring on the first beat of each measure. The basic count for Waltz is 1, 2, 3. Faster tempo Waltz is called, Viennese Waltz.
The basic components of Waltz are walking steps and side steps. Rise and fall and body sway are some of the styling characteristics which make the simplest Waltz steps and patterns elegant and beautiful.
Waltz songs and artists include:
- “Moon River” – Andy Williams
- “Open Arms” – Journey
- “Could I Have This Dance” – Anne Murray
- “Are You Lonesome Tonight” – Elvis Presley