Picture Cinderella and Prince Charming whirling around the dance floor. Her beautiful ball gown sways back and forth as they both lose themselves in the magic of the moment. This is what dancing the waltz looks like. There are several variations of the waltz, one of which is known as the Viennese waltz, which is danced twice as fast. Step foot into the ballroom and sign up for Viennese waltz dance lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio.
A Dance that Never Goes Out of Style
Even though the Viennese waltz has been around for more than three centuries, the elegant spins and turns never seem to get old. Today, it’s actually one of the oldest forms of ballroom dance still practiced. It traces back to 1700s Europe, but it wasn’t until the 1800s when the world really fell in love with the Viennese waltz. That’s when Austrian composer Johann Strauss, known as the “Waltz King,” created beautiful dance music, like The Blue Danube, and other composers followed suit.
In the Viennese waltz, dancers pair up and move in a circular motion across the dance floor. In a hold, they do a series of spins and twirls, making the movements look graceful. It has a fast ¾ time and a 1-2-3 rhythm. While there is some rise and fall, like the waltz, it’s danced with less vertical movement. Because the Viennese waltz is faster, it takes practice to make it look as natural as possible.
Learning How to Dance the Viennese Waltz
If you’re not an experienced dancer, it might be hard to imagine yourself taking Cinderella’s place in the ballroom. But with the help of professional instructors, you, too, can learn how to dance the Viennese waltz. Arthur Murray Dance Studio uses a unique teaching style that helps make learning fun. From mastering the basics of dance to learning how to frame, step and turn, you’re sure to enjoy the process from start to finish.
So whether you sign up for private lessons, group classes or wedding dance lessons, we’ll be by your side as you learn at your own pace.
Welcome to the Ballroom
Experience the thrill of dancing the Viennese waltz today. Sign up for waltz dance lessons at Arthur Murray Dance Studio, and take advantage of our new student offer. Contact our Princeton location or our Montclair location to get started.