International Style Ballroom Waltz
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
Accented On First Beat
e.g 123 123 123
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.