The Viennese Waltz is basically the original form of the Waltz. It originated in the 17th century and was widely criticized for requiring dancers’ bodies to be close together. Despite its naysayers, though, it continued to win acclaim and reached England by the beginning of the 19th century. The Viennese Waltz truly broke the mold of all the social dances before it. It was the first non-communal dance, thus changing dancing forever.
When to Dance the Viennese Waltz
In its truest form, the Viennese Waltz is a fast dance that consists only of turns – which is why it is also called the Rotary Waltz. Due to the fast pace and constant turning, it is best suited for dancers with some experience. It looks beautiful in ballroom settings where there is plenty of room to float across the dance floor.
- Due to similar pronunciation, many people often confuse “Viennese Waltz” with “Vietnamese Waltz.”
- Lord Byron hated the dance even though he wrote a poem entitled, “The Waltz.” He thought that it was anti-social and inappropriate.
- In the 1930s, the Viennese Waltz made a comeback in Germany, Austria, and… Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland is home to a large population of Slovenians, and to this day, the Waltz remains popular there.