International Ballroom Waltz

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International Ballroom Waltz
Brief History
Waltz is a smooth progressive dance. With its rise 
and fall, long flowing movements and sway it cries 
out elegance. With its slower tempo, 28 - 30 Bars 
or 84 - 90 Beats per minute. 3/4 timing and strong 
downbeat on the first beat of the bar. It sets this 
beautiful dance apart from all other dances. With 
some of the most beautiful music too, it's easy 
to see why you would fall in love with the Waltz.
The modern waltz was developed in the early part 
of the 20th century. The basic figures are based 
on diagonal patterns producing a smooth, easy 
progression around the dance floor. The modern 
waltz was introduced at the first ever 
World Championships held in London in 1922.
Often the waltz is the first dance taught to beginners, 
as it has a simple construction, regular, even changes 
of weight and a slow tempo. This dance is a great 
social dance and provides an ideal beginning for 
people to listen to music and become more at ease 
on the floor, however it can be difficult to master 
and to feel as though you are really dancing rather 
than just walking through the steps.
Time Signature - 3/4 (3 Beats to 1 Bar)
28 - 30 Bars Per Minute 
Basic Rhythm
Accented On First Beat 
e.g 123 123 123 
Music Style
Slow Ballad or Instrumental Music in 3/4 Time
Gent's Right arm placed just below Lady's shoulder blade 
finding the Lady's bra strap. Gent's Left hand takes hold 
of Lady's right hand, arm raised with hand at Lady's eye 
level. Both elbows should be level on same line. Not too 
tight Gents. Lady needs to breathe. 
Lady will place her Left arm gently resting on the 
Gent's Right arm. Holding her own weight, not grasping 
or clawing at Gent's arm. Her Right hand should be 
placed into the Gent's Left hand. 
The Lady should be standing slightly over to the 
Gent''s Right hand side. Head to Left so she can 
see over Gent's Right shoulder. His head is up 
and to the Left so he can see over her Right shoulder.
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