Adult ballroom dance classes - The Waltz Share
Did you know this about The Waltz

There were early references to a Waltz like dance as early as the late 16th century and amusingly described by a singer of that period, Kunz Haas, as;

" Now they are dancing the godless, Weller or Spinner. The vigorous peasant dancer, following an instinctive knowledge of the weight of fall, utilizes his surplus energy to press all his strength into the proper beat of the measure, thus intensifying his personal enjoyment in dancing ".

To help make this "godless dance" more acceptable, the wide, wild steps of the country people became shorter and more elegant when introduced to higher society and continued for the better part of a century and a half.

Then towards 1750, the peasants of Bavaria, Tyrol, and Styria began dancing a dance called Walzer (the German name for the Waltz), a dance for couples. At about the same period, The Ländler, also known as the Schleifer (German word, to slide) was becoming popular in Bohemia, Austria, and Bavaria and spread from the countryside to the suburbs of the city. It strongly featured: hopping and stamping; was sometimes purely instrumental and sometimes had a vocal part, sometimes featuring yodeling and was a country dance in 3/4 time. While the eighteenth century upper classes continued to dance the minuet, bored noblemen slipped away to the balls of their servants.

In the transition from country to town, the hopping of the Ländler, a dance known as Langaus, became a sliding step, and gliding rotation replaced stamping rotation. In the 19th century, the word primarily indicated that the dance was a turning one; one would "waltz" in the polka to indicate rotating rather than going straight forward without turning.

When dance halls became popular in Europe in the 19th century, the Ländler was made quicker and more elegant, and the men shed the hobnail boots which they wore to dance it. Along with a number of other folk dances from Germany and Bohemia, it is thought to have contributed to the evolution of the waltz.

Shocking many when it was first introduced, the waltz became fashionable in Vienna around the 1780s, spreading to many other countries in the years to follow. It became fashionable in Britain during the Regency period (between 1811 and 1820), though the entry in the Oxford English Dictionary shows that it was considered "riotous and indecent" as late as 1825. The waltz, and especially its closed position, became the example for the creation of many other ballroom dances. Subsequently, new types of waltz have developed, including many folk and several ballroom dances.

With our more mature membership, if you are looking for adult ballroom dancing lessons, then there is no better place to learn The Waltz than at the DeHavilland Ballroom & Latin American Dance Club.

Other sources: Wikipedia, Waltz International Standard,


Beginners adult ballroom dance classes - The Waltz

The four basic Ballroom Waltz steps we teach, will allow you to elegantly dance your way around the dance floor, even when the dance floor is crowded. In fact, many experienced dancers enjoy this lesson, since, it gives them the opportunity to brush up on their technique and posture. It is always worth remembering: it is not the number of steps you know that will impress other dancers; it is how well you are able to dance the steps that is more important. To watch brief video clips of each of the dance steps, please click the links, below.

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Advanced adult ballroom dance classes - The Waltz

To keep our ballroom dance classes fresh and interesting, we periodically change the dance routine to include new steps or variations on existing steps. To watch brief video clips of each of the Waltz dance steps or the complete dance routine, please click the links, below.

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Routines using the above steps: Routine 1 | Routine 1 Variation
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