Waltz

Waltz Dance Lessons Toronto

The real origin of Waltz ballroom dancing is rather obscure, but a dance of turns and glides, leaping and stomping appeared in various parts of Europe at the end of the 17th and beginning of the 18th century. Today, you can find Waltz dance lessons in Toronto at Arthur Murray Dance studio. Waltz dance lessons in Toronto are popular among any, and are especially popular for those looking for wedding dance lessons. Toronto, Etobicoke (The Kingsway), Downtown Toronto (Yorkville), North York/Scarborough, and Vaughan (Woodbridge) have all seen increases in enrollment in Waltz dance lessons and other ballroom dance classes so people can feel good about dancing in front of a crowd at weddings. Wedding dance lessons in Toronto are picking up in popularity and are a fun thing to do as a couple.

Waltz History

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 Toronto people who want to be able to have confidence in their wedding dance. Lessons can help tremendously!

Waltz Dance Lessons – Characteristics

The basic components of Waltz dance lessons in Toronto 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. In Italy it was the Volta, France has its Volte, Germany the Weller, and Austria had its Landler. These were round dances but at the end of the dance itself 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. Sign up for our Toronto Waltz dance lessons to experience firsthand how things have changed.

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 Toronto that you can find at Arthur Murray Dance Studio. If you’re looking for Toronto ballroom lessons, you may also find Swing dance lessonsFoxtrot dance lessonsHustle dance lessons, and Jive dance lessons interesting!

Sign up for Waltz Lessons in Toronto Today!

Don’t wait another day to learn how to dance. Sign up for Waltz dance lessons in Toronto 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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