The Waltz makes us think about the rise and fall of the waves of the ocean. This dance is romantic and elegant. The waltz is a very popular dance in weddings.
The energy use in this dance as well as in Foxtrot, Galop, Society, Redowa, Boston Hop Waltzes and other similar dances comes from outside, like a river taking you with the current.
The origin of the word waltz comes from the old German ‘walzen’ meaning to turn, to roll or to glide.
This dance born out of the volte and spread to France, Italy the suburbs of Vienna, Germany and in the alpine region of Austria as early as the 17th century. It began gaining popularity in southern Germany with the music of Johann Strauss and eventually blossomed in the XX century.
We learn with this dance to be smooth and precise. It is usually dance in a circular pattern with grace, balance and poise.
Foxtrot is a a graceful and romantic dance, like a walk in the park. The dance of ball gowns and tuxedos. It shows sophistication and easiness, but it is one of the most difficult dances to do. Foxtrot reminds us of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.
Foxtrot gives you the sense of gliding around the floor when the correct technique is applied. ‘Walk Through’ and ‘Body Flight’ are usually use to absorb the shock of every step.
In 1913 Harry Fox, a Vaudevilled comedian, introduced a trot to a ragtime song in the Ziegfielf Follies that pushed other trots into the background.
It became America’s most popular dance and remains so to this day as the standard of social dances. This dance is also called the ‘get acquainted’ or ‘first impression’ dance.
We learn with this dance direction, location, creativity while gliding and , sliding continuously.
The Viennese Waltz appeared in the second half of the 18th century from the German Waltz and the Austrian Landler. This dance is quite different from the Waltz and the French Waltz.
At the time of its creation the dance was considered inmoral, because the couples close position and ladies' ankles were visible during the circular motion of the dance.
This dance gained popularity at the beginning of the 19th century. The Viennese Waltz is a dance performed to music with three beats to the bar.
The dance steps can be very difficult for beginners, however when the Viennese Waltz is mastered, dancers perform it in an enchanting and romantic style.
No one can argue that quickstep is the most fun of all the rhythms!
Quickstep was created in 1920 out of the marching one-step, a fast foxtrot, and some of the jazzy hops and skips of the dance style called Charleston.
You learn with this dance to change time combinations of quicks and slows.
Peabody resembles a fast Foxtrot. It is primarily a dance with long gliding steps. Dancers use many intricate quick steps against a figure called the ‘open box’.
Peabody was created by a portly police and fire chief—Captain named Peabody—who was so overweight that he had to dance on the side of his partner, creating the style which is so characteristic of the Peabody as a dance.
Polka is defined as a vivacious couple dance of bohemian origin.
The polka was originally a Czech peasant dance, developed in Eastern Bohemia (now part of Czechoslovakia). Polka was invented by a peasant girl named Anna Slezak, from Labska Tynice in 1834 on a Sunday morning for her amusement.
The real name of the dance ‘polka’ in Czech is ‘half-step’ referring to the rapid shift form one foot to the other.
This dance was first introduced into the ballrooms of Prague in 1835.
We learn with this dance quickness and liveliness.