The waltz is one the nicest dances to dance and to watch on any ballroom or
country/western floor. The American (or ballroom) waltz is based upon the BOX
STEP; the Country and Western waltz is based on a straight forward or backward
TRAVELING STEP. Combining the two styles offers the dancers many more
STYLE: Feet remain close to the floor; movement is of
a smooth, gliding quality. Count 1 is exaggerated with a reaching step onto a
full foot. Count 2 begins the "rise" onto the ball of the foot, and by the end
of Count 3 the dancer's heel is on the floor. The highest point of the rise is
at the end of Count 2.
Cue forward: "heel-toe", "toe", "toe-heel".
backward: "toe-heel", "toe", "toe-heel".
The dancers' movement should show a
subtle and smooth rise and fall rather than a bouncy or sudden "down up up".
RHYTHM: The waltz is written in 3/4 time, meaning 3 equal beats to
the measure. It is, therefore, the only dance that is not counted in
combinations of SLOW and QUICK steps. The accent is on the first count of the
measure 1 2 3 / 1 2 3.
DIRECTIONS: The man's part
is described, except where noted. Whenever a "waltz step" is referred to, it
means 3 weight changes ("1-2-3"). Most variations can be adapted to both the
American Waltz and to the Country/Western Waltz. Those that are limited to one
or the other will be so noted.
BASIC TRAVELING WALTZ: A
progressive step, moving forward or backward.
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