The Waltz is known as the mother of all dances, and is probably what most people picture when they think of ballroom dancing. The quintessential ballroom dance, the waltz will have dashing men and elegant ladies sweeping up and down the dance floor in a series of turning steps and swaying movements. The Waltz is a great dance for everyone, but is particularly popular among couples planning for their wedding.


Considered the mother of present day dances, the Waltz began in southern Germany in the seventeenth century. The popularity of the Waltz grew with the music of Johann Strauss and eventually blossomed in the 20th century. It is the basis for many dances and is popular today all over the world.

The Waltz regained its real popularity in the 20th century, blossoming out as the Hesitation Waltz in 1913. Until the development of the hesitation, couples had waltzed in one direction until dizzy and then reversed until ready to drop. The Waltz had degenerated into an endurance contest. The Hesitation resulted in the Waltz as it is done today. The slow Waltz was once known as the Boston Waltz. Today the slow Waltz is the American Waltz, English Waltz or just Waltz, and the faster is the Viennese Waltz. If you are interested in Viennese Waltz dance lessons, you can also find them at our studios where we offer Waltz dance lessons to Etobicoke people who want to be able to have confidence in their wedding dance. Lessons can help tremendously!


The basic components of the Waltz are walking steps and side steps. Rise and Fall and Body Sway are some of the styling characteristics which make the simplest Waltz patterns elegant and beautiful. Waltz develops balance and control. The basic Waltz steps are the foundation patterns used in most ballroom dances. Correct posture, rise and fall, and flowing movements should be stressed to achieve good styling. The elegant sweeping movement of the Waltz gives dancers a chance to practice balance and to move lightly with ease.

Waltz Music

The Waltz is written in 3/4 time and has a slow to medium tempo with the musical accent occurring on the first beat of each measure. The basic count for Waltz is 1, 2, 3. Faster tempo Waltz is called Viennese Waltz.

Waltz songs and artists include:

  • Moon River, by Andy Williams
  • Open Arms, by Mariah Carey
  • Could I Have This Dance, by Anne Murray
  • Are You Lonesome Tonight? By Elvis Presley

The Waltz is a popular wedding dance for newlyweds. Click to learn more about the wedding dance lessons in Etobicoke that you can find at Arthur Murray Dance Studio. If you’re looking for Etobicoke ballroom lessons, you may also find Swing dance lessonsFoxtrot dance lessonsHustle dance lessons, and Jive dance lessons interesting!

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Don’t wait another day to learn how to dance. Sign up for Waltz dance lessons in Etobicoke today! Whether for your wedding dance or for fun, you’ll love taking dance lessons.  Contact us or go back to our list of ballroom dances to see our other offerings.




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