International Ballroom Waltz-Dances for Social and Wedding Dance
I am continuing to write descriptions of the popular dances couples can learn to dance. Weather you are getting ready for your first dance or as a guest at a wedding, anniversary or holiday party, knowing how to dance increases your fun!
All waltzes were introduced at the beginning of the 19th century. Waltz, meaning to turn, began in Germany. During World War I it became unpopular to hire the Austrian orchestras. Other orchestras could not play as fast as they could, so the result was a slower waltz. With the craze of syncopated rhythms infiltrating from america, teachers in England gathered to sort out all these dances. Among them were the diagonal waltz to slower music and using a closing of the feet on 3. In 1922 Victor Sylvester won the championship in Europe and the slow waltz (with its closing feet) took its permanent place as a competition dance.
International, English, or Ballroom Slow Waltz,
This is a slow and stately ballroom dance. It is characterized by remaining in closed ballroom position. The original purpose of this was to preserve the social lead-follow of the dance as it developed as a competition dance.It is danced to ¾ time music at 84 to 90 beats per minute. This is a progressive dance that travels counter clockwise around the room with slow and controlled movements that make is look light and effortless.
International Standard Waltz Overview:
- A slow and stately ballroom dance
- ¾ time music at 84 to 90 beats per minute
- Popular in Europe and Competitions
- It is characterized by remaining in closed ballroom position
- This is a progressive dance that travels counter clockwise around the room
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