Learn to Dance the Waltz

The real origin of the Waltz is rather obscure, but a dance of turns, glides, leaping, and stomping appeared in various parts of Europe at the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th centuries. In Italy, it was the Volta; France had its Volte; Germany, the Weller, and Austria had its Landler. These were round dances, but at the end of each dance, there was a short period in which the circle would break up into couples who would whirl madly round and round and finish with a jump in the air. In the Landler, the hopping gave way to a more gliding motion; that is why it is considered the forerunner of the Waltz. The Waltz regained its popularity in the 20th century; it blossomed as the Hesitation Waltz in 1913. Until the development of the hesitation, couples had waltzed in one direction until they were dizzy and then reversed direction until they were ready to pass out (or faint). The Waltz had degenerated into an endurance contest. The Hesitation resulted in the Waltz that is done today. The slow Waltz was once known as the Boston Waltz; today, the slow Waltz is called American Waltz, English Waltz or just Waltz, and the faster version is the Viennese Waltz.

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