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All About Dance » Dance Descriptions » Waltz


Date Published:
February 3, 2004

The forerunner of Waltz was Boston, dance imported from USA and introduced in England by a very influential "Boston Club" around 1874. However, only after 1922 did this dance become as fashionable as the Tango. The strange thing about Boston was that couples danced next to each other, nothing like what we do now. Immediately after World War I the Waltz got more shape. In 1921 it was decided that the basic movement should be: step, step, close. When in 1922 Victor Sylvester won the championship, English waltz programme consisted of not more than a right turn, a left turn and change of direction (Less than what is learnt by a beginner nowadays). In 1926/1927 the waltz was improved considerably. The basic movement was changed into step-side-close. As a result of this, many more variations became possible. They have been standardised by the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). Many of them are still danced.



Back whisk
Backward lock (IDTA: silver)
Basic weave
Chasse from PP
Closed changes
Closed impetus (IDTA: common figure)
Double reverse spin (IDTA: silver)
Hesitation change
Natural spin turn
Natural turn
Outside change
Progressive chasse to R
Reverse corte
Reverse pivot
Reverse turn

Closed telemark
Cross hesitation
Drag hesitation (IDTA)
Forward lock (IDTA)
Open impetus
Open telemark
Outside spin
Turning lock
Weave from PP

Closed wing
Contra check
Fallaway natural turn (IDTA)
Fallaway reverse and slip pivot (IDTA: common figure)
Fallaway whisk (IDTA)
Hover corte (ISTD)
Left whisk
Running spin turn (IDTA)
Turning lock to R (IDTA: silver)