Types of Ballroom Dances – Slow Waltz
The Waltz is one of the most popular ballroom dances of all time. Considered by some as the "mother of present day dances" and the "backbone dance" of the ballroom dancing arena, the Waltz is the basis for many dances. Developed in Germany, the Waltz become popular all over the world. It is the oldest of the ballroom dances, dating from the middle of the Eighteenth Century. The German "Lander", a folk dance, is supposed to be the forerunner of the Waltz. During this time period a dance developed which was called the "Walzer", a word owing its origin to the Latin word Volvere, which indicates a rotating motion. Napoleon's invading solders spread the waltz from Germany to Paris; then the dance glided across the channel to England and finally made its way to the United States. A truly romantic dance, the Waltz is comprised of soft, round, flowing movements. It is a smooth dance that travels around the line of dance. Many references to a sliding or gliding dance style date back to the 16th century in Europe. The Waltz has continued to develop throughout the 20th century.