WALTZ- AUSTRIA

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WALTZ, AUSTRIA

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Performed in a “closed position” is a popular Central European dance style known Waltz. This “ballroom” dance is said to have originated from Austria during the 16th century. It is basically performed in the ¾ time signature. Apparently, this dance form became extremely popular in Vienna, Austria during the late 17th century. Furthermore, it was this dance that was used as a template to create several other ballroom forms of dancing.

 History/origin of the Waltz:

This dance was apparently first seen by a French philosopher called Montaigne in 1580 in a city called Augsburg located in Bavaria, Germany. However, it was during the late 17th century that this dance gained popularity in Austria especially in Vienna. It was during this period that ladies residing in Vienna were said to be “waltzing” on a regular basis. Furthermore, once this dance gained popularity in Austria it then gradually spread to several other countries around the world. According to singer Michael Kelly, this dance style is supposed to have arrived on the shores of England in the year 1791. In addition, the growing popularity of this dance around the world led to the development of several other ballroom dance styles around the world.

 Costumes used in the Waltz:

The costume used in the waltz varies according to gender. They are as follows:

For males:

The attire worn includes a formal shirt, trousers, and a pair of formal shoes.

 For females:

The attire worn includes a ballroom gown and a pair of high heel shoes.

 Music involved in the Waltz:

The musical instruments mainly used in this dance include the piano, the violin, and the bass.

 Training availability and dance technique involved in the Waltz:

In terms of technique, this dance involves the performers i.e. male and female performing to the rhythm of the music in close proximity to one another. In addition, the male performer usually places his hand on the buttocks of the female performer while dancing. As for training centers/schools, there are many available around the world for all those interested in learning this extremely popular “ballroom” style of dancing.

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