Waltz

Waltz is a smooth progressive dance characterized by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and rise & fall. It is unique in that it is the only ballroom dance written in 3/4 time. There are three beats to each measure, counted as “1-2-3” or “quick-quick-quick.” Typically, there are three steps of equal duration per measure, with the hesitation being the exception. The lead foot alternates with each measure (Left-2-3-Right-2-3). Because of this, Waltz combinations are usually written in a series of six steps. For example, the man will begin the first pattern as LRL (left-right-left) and the second as RLR (right-left-right), for a total of six steps.

 

 

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