The word waltz comes from nem. walzen which means "roll, turn, slide". The Viennese waltz originated in the Viennese districts and alpine regions of Austria. Its sources are in the folk dances of Austrian peasants. It appeared in the 17th century, and in the 18th century it was widely accepted by the Austrian nobility. The first records of the waltz appeared in England in 1801, and due to strict English morals, the waltz was accepted in a slower and lighter rhythm. The basic steps were learned easily and quickly, so the waltz was exposed to criticism from court dance masters. He was also morally criticized for his close and intimate posture and quick turns.
It is danced in pairs and belongs to the group of standard dances. The music is 3/4 and 3/8 beats, about 54-60 beats per minute. Between the musical rhythm, and the rhythm in the game of couples, there is a characteristic contact between the three parts of the beat and the two parts of the rhythmic basis of the game movements, because two measures of music are needed to perform one prescribed figure.
Basic step aside, basic step back and forth, basic step in a circle, right turn, left turn, right turn in place, left turn in place.
These are the basic steps and figures that are taught in all dance schools and everyone mostly knows them. The steps are easy to learn, but due to the speed, they are quite demanding to perform, so that a large number of people actually dance incorrectly, and dancing the Viennese waltz is an effort and not an enjoyment.
The key to success in Viennese waltz dancing is in the well-demonstrated and practiced technique of performing the basic step.
If you master the basic steps correctly and learn to turn intensely, without getting dizzy, then dancing the Viennese waltz creates a unique feeling of enjoyment.
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