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Viennese Waltz

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The Viennese Waltz stems from the Waltz and is danced in both American Smooth and International Ballroom styles of dance. In 1787, the Waltz appeared on the operatic stages of Vienna. The Waltz’s popularity increased along with them tempo of the Waltz. The faster music required dancers to have greater technique and endurance. This new dance became known as the Viennese Waltz. Many considered the dance to be immoral due to the close dance positions the dancers must dance in. The dance became accepted in Great Britain after Queen Victoria danced it. The dance was extremely popular in Europe and America until the First World War.

The Viennese Waltz is characterized by its speed, as well as, a rise and fall and sway. The dance has many turns and has great elegance on the floor. Some well known songs that one can dance an American Smooth Viennese Waltz to would be Breakaway by Kelly Clarkson and Say Something by a Great Big World.


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