Viennese Waltz Dance Classes North York

Interested in Viennese Waltz Dance lessons in North York, Etobicoke (The Kingsway), Downtown Toronto (Yorkville), North York/Scarborough, or Vaughan (Woodbridge)? Arthur Murray offers Viennese Waltz dance lessons in North York. The Viennese Waltz is a rotary ballroom dance where the dancers are constantly turning either in a clockwise (natural) or anti-clockwise (reverse) direction interspersed with non-rotating change steps to switch between the direction of rotation. Ballroom dance classes, such as Viennese Waltz dance lessons in North York are available for enrolment at Arthur Murray Dance Studios.

If you’re looking for North York ballroom lessons, you may also find Swing dance lessonsFoxtrot dance lessonsHustle dance lessons, and Jive dance lessons interesting! From Strauss Waltzes and Tchaikovsky ballets to music by contemporary artists, Viennese Waltz music has inspired people to dance for generations. The splendor of Waltz is epitomized in the elegant and graceful Viennese Waltz. The gliding, turning movements suggest that the dancer is skating. The Viennese Waltz brings to mind chandeliers and lovely ladies in their flowing gowns dancing to the lilting sounds of Strauss Waltzes.

History of the Viennese Waltz

The Waltz developed in Central Europe from the Austrian dance known as the Landler. The fast whirling of partners held as if in an embrace shocked polite society. The music of Johann Strauss and the famous ballrooms of Vienna popularized the faster version known as the Viennese Waltz.

Characteristics of the Dance

Sweeping turns that gracefully move around the floor characterize this dance. The Viennese Waltz is known for its rotational movement, which is simple and elegant. A true Viennese waltz consists only of turns and change steps. Other moves such as the fleckerls, American-style figures and side sway or underarm turns are modern inventions and are not normally danced at the annual balls in Vienna. Furthermore, in a properly danced Viennese Waltz, couples do not pass, but turn continuously left and right while traveling counter clockwise around the floor following each other. For more information about Viennese Waltz dance classes in North York, get in touch with us!

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The Music of the Viennese Waltz

Viennese Waltz is basically Waltz music played at a much quicker tempo. While slow Waltz is played at 28-36 measures per minute (MPM), Viennese Waltz is played at 50-60 MPM. It is usually played in 3/4 time, but some Viennese Waltzes are written in 6/8 time.

Viennese Waltz songs and artists include:

  • Blue Danube , by Johann Strauss
  • Kiss From A Rose, by Seal
  • Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman? by Bryan Adams
  • That’s Amore, by Dean Martin