Taking its origin to Bavarian folk dances for almost 400 years ago, the Waltz was not introduced into the society until 1812, where it started to make its appearance in English ballroom. The dance was called the Volte during the 16th century and was simply danced as a round dance. Some people would say the dance made its first appearance in Italie and then later on to France and Germany.
At this time, the Waltz was called by different names such as the Boston, Galop, the Hop Waltz and Redowa. It was met with outrage and indignation among the society during its introduction in the early 19th century. People were shocked by the sight of a man dancing with his hand upon a lady’s waist. No proper young maiden would compromise herself in such a way. The dance was considered to be a naughty dance.
Before the first decade of the century, The Waltz was not represented as a popular dance among the European middle class. Up to that point, it was exclusively reserved for the aristocracy. In early 1840, the dance style became popular in the United-States where no blue-blood caste existed. Immediately upon its introduction, the Waltz become a favorite dance. It was so popular that it even survived the “ragtime revolution’.
Thanks to its popularity, the Waltz survived the “ragtime revolution” in 1910. It fell out favor with the public. It was replaced by the many walking/strutting dances of the era. Public dance who met difficulty in learning whirling patterns and techniques of the Waltz quickly learned the simple walking patterns of the new dances. This ushered in the ragtime rage and birth of the Foxtrot. During the latter part of the 19th century, composers were writing Waltzer to a slower tempo than the original tempo from the Viennese style. In the 1880s, dancers begin to teach the box step and in the early 1920s the slower waltz came into prominence. Three distinct tempos were brought to the dance: the Viennese Waltz, Medium Waltz and the Slow Waltz – the last two were created by American dancers.
The Waltz is a progressive dance with figures designed for both larger and average dance floor. The use of sway highlights the smooth, lilting style of the Waltz. Since it is a very traditional style of dance, the Waltz makes one feel like a princess or a prince in the ball.