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1920’s Dance Style – Waltz

Waltz – A Dance Style For All Occasions

In the era of 1920’s, the world has seen the emergence of several dance styles in which waltz was one of them. This is one of the most favorite dances for all time. It is having sense of romance that links this dance to happier moments of life. By First World War, new generation was expecting less stylized but more natural type of dancing and such features was there in waltz. With the influence of Waltz dance style, a new dance Boston took place that brought revolution to waltz. In Boston, dancers started using modern and closer holds. It was a hip to hip dance and was performed at more leisured pace.

Romantic Waltz – Considered To Be Mother Of Present Dances

In ballroom dancing, romantic waltz got amazing success and became all time popular ballroom dance. Moreover, some people started calling it “mother of present dances” and “Backbone dance”. This dance style has great significance in ballroom dance. People call it the base of several dance styles. Though, it born in Germany, but fan following was seen all across the world. It is a soft, flowing and round movements dance style and having truly romantic approach.

Waltz Is The Oldest Of The Ballroom Dances

Characteristics Of Waltz – Dance Style

This dance style is very smooth as it travels around line dancing. It is characterized by rise and fall action. Waltz includes slide, ¾ time steps and a step. In this dance, performer moves shoulders in smooth and parallel way with floor, not up and down. Here, dancers strive lengthening their steps. When, first music beat is played, one step should be taken forward over the heels and then, onto the foot balls; however the rise over the toes should be gradual. This way, the dance should be continued to second and third music beat. When third beat ends, get the heels to its starting position.

History of Waltz

The waltz dance style is related to 20s basic techniques. By 20th century, Waltz continued to grow. It was born as Austro German dance which was performed by folks and people called it with another name the Lanndler. This dance style was featured by rotating dancing movements which was performed by partners together. To make waltz dance style popular, Johann Strauss’s music helped at lot. In this dance, there were two main techniques which are “rise and fall” and other one is “body sway”. Both techniques have different aspects and to learn Waltz dance style, you should have learn these techniques on priority.

Distinctive Steps Of Waltz

The base waltz dance movements comprise of three sequence steps that consist to “a step backward/forward”, “a step to side” and “a step to close feet together”. These steps’ timings are referred as “1,2,3” or “Quick, Quick and Quick”. Following are few distinctive waltz steps:

  • Whisk
  • Hover Telemark
  • Hover Corte
  • Natural Spin Turn
  • Oversway
  • Open Telemark Group
  • Swing
  • Hairpin