International Waltz

Waltz originated as a country folk dance born in the seventeenth century suburbs of Austria and Bavaria. When first introduced into the English ballrooms in the early 1800s, the Waltz was denounced for its vulgarity and immorality… this was, after all, the first time society had seen this outrageous dance position, with the man holding the lady so close to his body.

Waltz is a smooth dance, traveling around the line of dance. It is characterized primarily by its rise and fall action, accompanied by leg and body swing. Turning movements in both directions are prevalent.

Musical Information

Tempo: 30 measures per min / 90 beats per min
Timing: 3/4
Rhythm: 123 123 (strong accent on 1)

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Syllabus

Newcomer

  • Closed Changes

  • Natural Turn

  • Reverse Turn

  • Natural Spin Turn

  • Whisk

  • Chasse from Promenade Position

Bronze

  • Closed Impetus

  • Hesitation Change

  • Outside Change

  • Reverse Corte

  • Back Whisk

  • Basic Weave

  • Double Reverse Spin

  • Reverse Pivot

  • Back Lock

  • Progressive Chasse to Right

Silver

  • Weave from Promenade Position

  • Closed Telemark

  • Open Telemark and Cross Hesitation

  • Open Telemark and Wing

  • Open Impetus and Cross Hesitation

  • Open Impetus and Wing

  • Outside Spin

  • Turning Lock

Gold

  • Left Whisk

  • Contra Check

  • Closed Wing

  • Turning Lock to Right

  • Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot

  • Hover Corte

 

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international Tango

Tango was born in Buenos Aires in the late 19th century from a variety of musical cltures. Its name possibly comes from the Latin word tangere, “to touch”. Tango dancing began as a lower class pantomime of communication between prostitute and pimp. In the early 1900s, a less vulgar form was exported to France, where it was further refined and quickly gained popularity with the Parisian high society. Classy clothes, ballrooms, lyrics, and a “tango” orchestra, popularized the dance for the rich of Europe and the USA. Throughout the Tango’s evolution, the passionate translation of emotions into dance always remained constant.

Musical Information

Tempo: 32-33 measures per min / 128-132 beats per min
Timing: 4/4
Rhythm: Quick-Quick-Slow

Syllabus

Newcomer

  • Basic Walks

  • Progressive Side Step

  • Progressive Link

  • Closed Promenade

  • Rock Turn

  • Open Reverse Turn, Lady Outside

  • Back Corte

Bronze

  • Open Reverse Turn, Lady In-Line

  • Progressive Side Step Reverse Turn

  • Open Promenade

  • Left Foot and Right Foot Rocks

  • Natural Twist Turn

  • Natural Promenade Turn

Silver

  • Promenade Link

  • Four Step

  • Back Open Promenade

  • Outside Swivels

  • Fallaway Promenade

  • Four Step Change

  • Brush Tap

Gold

  • Fallaway Four Step

  • Oversway

  • Basic Reverse Turn

  • The Chase

  • Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot

  • Five Step

  • Contra Check