Viennese Waltz Dancing
The Viennese Waltz dates back to the 1700's in Vienna. Traditionally Viennese is dance in closed position as the two dancers glide and circle around the dance floor. Danced in ¾ time the waltz and Viennese are like other dances which are primarily written in either 2/4 or 4/;4 timing. The time signature denotes how many beats there are in a measure, in this case 3 beats per measure, and thus affects the way the dance is counted and performed. The difference between Viennese and regular waltz is simply the meter at which they are danced. Slow waltz is traditionally written at around 90 beats per minute where as Viennese is usually written for 180 beats per minute. Much like Waltz, Viennese incorporates a rise and fall action when dancing it that gives onlookers the illusion that a couple is floating around the dance floor.
The Viennese Waltz began to gain extreme popularity and status when composers, such as Strauss, began writing music in quick ¾ tempos. As the popularity of this music grew so did the dance's culture. It soon found its way to the top of social class and society where Viennese women became known for dancing the night away with ease and without ever leaving the dance floor. A rotary dance, couples glide and rotate gracefully around the floor.
Traditional Viennese Waltz has grown and spread world wide and has thus grown into new and modernized versions and has found its way into International ballroom studios and competitions. With this growth, the dance has expanded into several holds and positions and displays of grace and poise.
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I started taking lessons in June 2010. My wife died in November 2009, after fighting breast cancer for 13 years. It was at this time I became depressed and did pretty much nothing for a period of 3 or 4 months. A girlfriend at local gym recommended joining a dance studio. I then went to the Scottsdale Arthur Murray Studio and saw people dancing and talking and smiling. In other words, having a good time. At that point I decided to join. I was introduced to two of the female instructors as my new instructors. As time passed, they became the two people I fell in love with as well as, with the rest of the group at the studio due to their attitude toward me, and the love they had for dancing. The girls and the studio as a whole have given me a second chance at an enjoyable second time around. Thank you all!
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