Dance Tidbits

Waltz this way or that way!

The Waltz may seem rather stately and regal but in the Thirteenth Century it was considered taboo. That was because the couples danced in a close manner (apparently a little too close for the Thirteenth Century) never seen or accepted before. By the time the late 1780’s came around, Vienna was alive with the Waltz and it was also spreading around the world as the most popular dance, especially with higher classes of society.

A large number of other dances are derived from the Waltz because it uses the most basic dance steps. Basic Waltz steps are found in Folk Dancing, Polka, Swing,

Jive and even Salsa. You will learn many versions of the Waltz throughout your career. The Waltz is also called “Ballroom Dancing.” A competition favorite is the Viennese Waltz known for its fast version of the waltz.

There is a divine spirit in the movements of the Waltz. No other dance can quite show class, elegance and flowing style in the same way. One must perform as if it is effortless, to be considered excellent at dancing the Waltz.

I encourage you to embrace the Waltz (and all its versions) in your flowing gowns and handsome sharp suits as if you were gliding on air with the greatest of ease!

Happy dancing,



Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website