Learn to Waltz
By Lynn, Cassie, Tia, and Ary
History of the Waltz
The Waltz is the oldest ballroom dance, and it began in the middle of the 18th century. It became popular in Vienna. "Waltz" comes from the German word "walzen" meaning to roll, glide, or turn. Originally the Waltz was referred to as the Walzer when it was danced by peasants. The dance was initially frowned upon by society as it was the first dance in which partners were allowed to make contact. Also, most previous dances had been group dances while the Waltz was in pairs. Lower classes danced the Waltz more than the upper class in the beginning because the closed position was more accepted by them. Many other dances have been derived from the Waltz, such as the polka.
Attire for the Dances
For women: light weight gowns in pastel colors (often white), ribbons and scarves worn as accessories, long gloves with short sleeves or short gloves with long sleeves
For men: tail coats, waistcoats, pantaloons and knee high boots worn. Cravats also common, and maybe a black top hat.
The Waltz was a very common dance, and as such it comes with its own set of rules and guidelines. In general, it is appropriate to ask anyone to dance, no matter what skill level they are. Dancing with those at a higher skill level will improve your skills, while dancing with someone who isn't as advanced will help them. During the Waltz, you must smile, and focus on your partner, but do not stare them down. Applying to all dances of this time, talking while dancing is not considered bad etiquette, and one must always thank their partner after a dance ends.
Stanford Viennese Ball 2013 - Opening Committee Waltz
The Most Beautiful Waltz Music