Used by Permission and adapted from the Dance Vision International Dance Association - American Style Smooth Bronze Manual (MASB01) 2006.
Waltz music online
Elegance in motion
Until the 1700's dance was either courtly or country. The courtly dances had little physical touch and emphasized form and lots of curtsies and bows.
The word Waltz comes from an Italian word that means to turn or revolve. It was the first dance to use Closed Dance Position and was denounced as scandalous and immoral.
Waltz was standardized with the essential patterns we know today and dominated the European and America dance scene until WW1. By the end of the war, Tango and Foxtrot had captured an new generation of dancers.
Waltz is danced to slow music and is characterized by rise and fall and sway. The feet stay in contact with the floor creating a smooth gliding look. It has an elegant, graceful feel. The music can be romantic or melancholy.
Time Signature: 3/4
Rise should be smooth, gradual, and high onto the toes. There is no foot rise on back steps on count 1, only the commencement of body rise. Sway is initiated from the the swing of the hips, making sure not to break at the waist. On forward walks, weight is taken on the moving foot, rolling from the back of the heel to the front of the foot, making contact with all parts of the foot. Movement is initiated on count 1 from the standing leg to create powerful strides.
Could I Have This Dance by Anne Murry
Bronze Syllabus Figures:
1a. Box Step (Straight or Turning)
Variations for Social Dancing:
Many smooth figures can be danced in multiple dances by changing the count. Sometimes the entrance or exit needs to be modified.
From Viennese Waltz:Fifth Position Breaks with Underarm Turn, Left Turn, Crossbody Lead (with or without an Underarm Turn), Hand To Hand.