Gaining it's popularity from the early 19th century the Waltz
is a survivor.
Today there are three forms of this dance.
The Viennese - A rather quick version, it's danced to fast Waltz Music.
Quite simple in it's construction - however, rather more difficult to execute!
|Queen Charlotte's Ball, 1959 |
There is nothing quite like the sight of a full dance floor with couples flowing around the room, the ladies in their elegant ballroom dresses and the men in their smart dress suits.
The Old Time - a slower version of the above.
This is actually based on the five foot positions in ballet .
Very popular in the UK prior to World War 1.
Still being danced today it forms the basis of a lot of sequence dances.
Then an even slower version - which can be seen in Ballroom competions.
The style of dance maintains the Close Hold throughout the performace - keeping body contact.
The steps are long - compared to non-moving dances - like the Jive (My favourite dance - for me to perform anyway)
The steps are a little like walking but your foot should only just skim the floor when moving it into it's position.
When moving sideways - the steps will be on the ball of the foot, or the toes.
When moving backwards - try to straighten the ankle.
The most difficult figure in this dance is the Spin Turn .
The very slow version can be danced at many social occasions.
The music for this style has a noticeable 'lilt' and couples performing this respond by rising onto their toes at the end of each bar of music. They then lower their heels smoothly to begin the next bar of music.
This makes both performing and watching it - a pure delight.
This dance could be used for opening a dance evening - or as the 'Last Waltz'.
Often used at weddings.
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