Waltz Lessons

The Waltz itself is Viennese, and it evolved in Austria and Bavaria under such names as the Dreher, the Laendler and the Deutscher. The close contact with one's partners body contrasted sharply with the stately dances of the aristocracy - the minuets, polonaises, and quadrilles - in which one kept one's distance.

    When it moved into Viennese dance halls, partners were allowed to touch! This was unheard of, and led to the dance being slandered by many officials of the church and leaders of the Austrian state, as it was in the rest of the European community. Because it was a favored dance of the young, however, it continued to be danced. Because of its transition to dance halls and city gatherings, it evolved into a light dance for polished floors and parties. Its music also changed, becoming more refined and orchestrated.

    Mozart was a huge fan of the waltz, and in one of his operas, Don Giovanni, three waltzes are played at once in one scene! Clearly, the dance could not be stopped. Today the Waltz is a very popular and stylish dance allowing one to dance with a variety of partners. The waltz is for experienced dancers as well as novices.