What is the Waltz?
The term Waltz is used to distinguish the slower version of the traditional waltz from the Viennese Waltz, which is the predominant waltz style in many regions. River Oaks School of Dancing provides ballroom dance lessons in Houston for the American Waltz.
Origins of the American Waltz
The American Waltz is derived from the Viennese Waltz, which was originally derived from an Austrian folk dance. This Austrian folk dance, which was originally performed primarily at rural festivals, quickly spread and took on different characteristics in different regions.
The Viennese Waltz style found favor in England, where it was performed almost exclusively in aristocratic circles. In contrast, the American Waltz had a universal nature that made it very appealing to dancers from a variety of backgrounds. Today, it remains popular among dancers of all ages and levels.
Music of the American Waltz
All waltzes are danced to 3/4 time. At 28-30 measures per minute, it is danced to a slow yet expressive music that encourages powerful and dynamic dancing. The music generally used is categorized as slow ballads or instrumental music in ¾ time.
Characteristics of the American Waltz
The American Waltz is characterized by continuous turns and flowing movements. While the Viennese Waltz consists almost exclusively of turns and change steps, greater freedom of motion is allowed for the American Waltz, which features elegant open movements, solo spins, and underarm turns. Its tempo is 84 to 96 beats per minute, with a basic rhythm of 123, 123, and a strong accent on 1.