Waltz Is A Beautiful Flowing Dance
The introduction of the Waltz was the scandal of 19th century English society. Never before had a man and woman danced publicly in a virtual embrace. Fortunately the grace and beauty of the Waltz were noticed, and English society, so quick to denounce the dance, eventually “embraced” it.
In fact, Queen Victoria was an exquisite ballroom dancer who developed a passion for the Waltz.
Johann Strauss can be credited with the persistence of the Waltz in mainstream ballroom dancing with his fast paced Waltz compositions that paved the way for the quicker Viennese style.
In America the Waltz tempo slowed to form a more smooth and graceful gliding dance with a gentle “rise and fall” motion.
Today the Waltz persists as the oldest of ballroom dances and perhaps the best loved.