DLYMI - Dances - Viennese Waltz Viennese Waltz

The Viennese Waltz is the classic, original form of the Waltz, and is danced twice as fast to the music of composers such as Johann Strauss. It was the first ballroom dance performed in a closed hold.

The Viennese Waltz is an elegant rotary dance where the dancers are constantly turning either in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction, interspersed with change steps used to switch the direction of rotation. The rotation, speed, and gliding movements give the impression the dancers are skating on ice.

At the world-renowned Annual Balls in Vienna, the pure Viennese Waltz is danced, consisting only of turns and change steps. Outside of that context, there are several other steps and figures one can use to add interest.

Either way, the Viennese Waltz epitomizes simple elegance.