The Waltz was conceived in Germany sometime around the 17th century. It is said to have been based on a folk dance known as the “Lander.” Originally known as the “Walzer,” it spread to France – and then the rest of the world – thanks to Napoleon’s invading army. The Viennese Waltz is recognized as the original form of the Waltz. Today, though, there are other versions like the International Waltz and American Style Waltz.
When to Dance the Waltz
The Viennese Waltz is very quick, but more modern Waltz versions are performed at slower tempos. The contemporary styles also have varied dance positions. The Waltz requires a lot of floor space – regardless of the pace that you choose. It’s best for locations with large dance floors.
- The name comes from the German word, “walzen,” which means “to roll.”
- Austrian composers, Joseph Lanner and Josef Strauss, set the standard tempo for the original Waltz in the 1830s.
- Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom loved the Waltz and is rumored to have been a very skilled dancer.