What is the Viennese Waltz?
The Viennese Waltz is a fast waltz, defined from its relative the Slow Waltz, but not only its speed but its footwork. The Viennese Waltz includes a lock to counter balance partners and maintain that beautiful continuous turn. All dancers should try a Viennese Waltz to advance their technique and couple their footwork with head position and strong frames for a beautiful, smooth and seamless waltz.
Rhythm: 1 ,2 ,3 stepping at each beat.
Viennese Waltz Music
Viennese Waltz music is fast and has a time signature of 3/4 and a tempo of 54bpm.
History of the Viennese Waltz
The Viennese Waltz originated in the late 1700s in Austria. It was met with a lot of disapproval throughout Austria and Europe for the intimate closed position it required and spritely movements which revealed the females ankles. Many females also carried their skirt a lot higher than their ankles while dancing. Some public pamphlets and articles at the time claimed the Viennese Waltz was compromising the health and minds of society. It became very popular overtime and famous composers composed numerous waltzes to continue its popularity including Josef Lanner, Johann Straus, and Johann Strauss II.