By Arthur Murray

The elegant sweeping movement of the Waltz gives dancers a chance to practice balance and to move lightly with ease.



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 of many dances and is popular today all over the world.



The Waltz is written in ¾ 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.



The basic components of 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.


Teaching elements

  • Posture                                     Learn to relax shoulders for a more confident look
  • Rise & Fall                               Explore the essence of Waltz styling
  • Balance Combinations         Strengthen ankles & develop momentum control
  • Drive & Drift                              Develop flow and movement
  • Alignments                               Use room alignments to move line-of-dance
  • Control                                      Ease of movement and coordination
  • Compare/Contrast                 Fox Trot, Rumba, Samba



Waltz songs and artists include:

Moon River – Andy Williams

Open Arms – Mariah Carey

Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray

Are You Lonesome Tonight – Elvis Presley