Originally from Austria, The Viennese Waltz is faster than a Waltz. In the early 19th century, Johann Strauss and Joseph Lanner wrote the first waltzes. The dance style’s hallmark charisma and social grace are reflective of that period of history. This dance became later the only dance of that era which is still performed by the American public.
Waltz music expresses with eloquence the carefree gaiety of those bygone days of The Blue Danube. Those were closely linked to Vienna. The most surprising evolution on the Viennese Waltz was the close proximity of the partners. So daring, it only became socially acceptable in Great Britain after it was publicly danced by Queen Victoria. The style of dance and its music tempo require to dancers a great deal of control and stamina.
This style of Waltz is a progressive dance that features some figures danced in place. Rise and fall are used in the dance. These attributes are used differently than in other smooth dances. In Waltz and Foxtrot, a dancer will often rise above their normal standing height, but in the Viennese Waltz that is not done by the dancer. Rise is created through the knees and body.