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A waltz is a ballroom and folk dance in 3/4  time, performed primarily in closed position. Look up waltz in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Gaskell Ball Ballroom dance, refers collectively to a set of partner dances, which originated in the Western world and are now enjoyed both socially and competitively around the globe. ... Folk dance is a term used to describe a large number of dances, mostly of European origin, that tend to share the following attributes: They were originally danced in about the 19th century or earlier (or are, in any case, not currently copyrighted); Their performance is dominated by an inherited... For other uses, see Dance (disambiguation). ... Image File history File links 3-4_rhythm_metre_meter_time_measure. ... The time signature (also known as meter signature) is a notational convention used in Western musical notation to specify how many beats are in each measure and what note value constitutes one beat. ... In couple dancing, closed position is a category of positions in which partners hold each other while facing at least approximately toward each other. ...


The waltz first became fashionable in Vienna around the 1780s, spreading to many other countries in the years to follow. The waltz, and especially its closed position, became the example for the creation of many other ballroom dances. Subsequently, new types of waltz have developed, including many folk and several ballroom dances. For other uses, see Vienna (disambiguation). ... Nothing much really happened in the 1780s only that Mary-Anne Tobin was hung in public for wearing a flase beard and voting. ...


In the 19th century the word primarily indicated that the dance was a turning one; one would "waltz" in the polka to indicate rotating rather than going straight forward without turning. Street musicians in Prague playing a polka Polka is a fast, lively Central European dance, and also a genre of dance music. ...

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Various styles of waltz

In the 19th and early 20th century, numerous different forms of waltz existed, including versions done in 2/4 or 6/8 (sauteuse), and 5/4 time (5/4 waltz, half and half).


In the 1910s, a form called the "Hesitation Waltz" was introduced by Vernon and Irene Castle.[1] It incorporated Hesitations and was danced to fast music. A Hesitation is basically a halt on the standing foot during the full waltz measure, with the moving foot suspended in the air or slowly dragged. Similar figures (Hesitation Change, Drag Hesitation, Cross Hesitation) are incorporated in the International Standard Waltz syllabus Vernon and Irene Castle in 1914 Vernon and Irene Castle were a husband-and-wife team of ballroom dancers of the early 20th century. ...


Waltz Variants

  • The American Style Waltz, in contrast to the International Standard Waltz, involves breaking contact almost entirely in some figures. For example, the Syncopated Side-by-Side with Spin includes a free spin for both partners. Open rolls are another good example of an open dance figure, in which the secondary partner alternates between the primary partner's left and right sides, with the primary partner's left or right arm (alone) providing the lead. Waltzes were the staple of many American musicals and films, including "Waltz in Swing Time" sung by Fred Astaire.
  • The Cross Step Waltz is a newer style of waltz where the first step is a cross-step into the line of direction. This was popularized in classes at Stanford University and allows for a much richer assortment of variations.
  • The Mexican Waltz (vals mexicano) follows the same basic rhythmic pattern as the standard waltz, but the melodies reflect a strong Spanish influence.
  • Tango vals allows the dancers to dance one, two, three, or no steps to any four beats of waltz music; and to vary the number of steps per bar throughout the song.
  • Country Western Waltz is 99% progressive, moving counter clock wise around the dance floor. Both the posture and frame are relaxed, with posture bordering on a slouch. The exaggerated hand and arm gestures of some ballroom styles are not part of this style. Couples may frequently dance in the promenade position, depending on local preferences.

Gaskell Ball Ballroom dance, refers collectively to a set of partner dances, which originated in the Western world and are now enjoyed both socially and competitively around the globe. ... Viennese Waltz (German: Wiener Walzer ) is the name of a ballroom dance. ... Waltz is one of the five dances of the Standard category of the International Style ballroom dances. ... This is the list of dance terms that are not names of dances or types of dances. ... Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – June 22, 1987), born Frederick Austerlitz in Omaha, Nebraska,[1] was an American film and Broadway stage dancer, choreographer, singer and actor. ... Cross-step Waltz is a partner dance done to waltz music at the tempo of 107-130 beats per minute. ... Stanford redirects here. ... The Peruvian Vals is a very peculiar assimilation of the European Waltz, which was brought to the American continent by the colonists in the times of the Spanish Colonies. ... Vals is an Argentinian tango style, the tango version of waltz. ... Illustration of the XIX century, that invites to the Caracas carnival, and a waltz competition Between the hall dances that arrived to Venezuela during the XIX century, waltz has been the one of greater root and dispersion. ... This is the list of dance terms that are not names of dances or types of dances. ...

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Austrian folk dancing (see Austria) is mostly associated with Schuhplattler, Landler, Polka or Waltz. ... A section from Johann Strauss Waltz from Die Fledermaus For other uses, see Waltz (disambiguation). ... In Classical Turkish Music, usul is an underlying rhythmic cycle that complements the melodic rhythm and sometimes helps shape the overall structure of a composition. ...

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waltz - definition of waltz in Encyclopedia (657 words)
The waltz is sometimes assumed to be a descendant of the lavolta.
Waltz is also the name for the kind of music to which one dances the waltz.
Waltzes typically have one chord per measure, with the bass of the chord as the first note.
Waltz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (473 words)
The waltz is a ballroom and folk dance in 3/4 time, done primarily in closed position.
The waltz first became fashionable in Vienna around the 1780s, spreading to many other countries in the years to follow.
The waltz is assumed by some to be a descendant of the lavolta.
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