Types of Ballroom Dances – Viennese Waltz
The Waltz developed in Central Europe, originating from the Austrian folk dance known as the "Landler." The dance arrived in Vienna during the 1800s, then became popular throughout Europe and America. The music of Johann Strauss helped to popularize the faster, elegant Viennese Waltz. This dance is characterized by sweeping turns that move gracefully around the floor, also known for its simple and elegant rotational movement. The Viennese Waltz is the classic, original Waltz often featured in old films. The elegance and charm of the Viennese Waltz remind us of glamorous balls in the palaces of Europe. It is a dance that requires a great deal of control and stamina, due mainly to the tempo of the music. The Viennese Waltz is a progressive and turning dance and features some figures that are danced in place.