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)




  • Closed Changes

  • Natural Turn

  • Reverse Turn

  • Natural Spin Turn

  • Whisk

  • Chasse from Promenade Position


  • Closed Impetus

  • Hesitation Change

  • Outside Change

  • Reverse Corte

  • Back Whisk

  • Basic Weave

  • Double Reverse Spin

  • Reverse Pivot

  • Back Lock

  • Progressive Chasse to Right


  • 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


  • Left Whisk

  • Contra Check

  • Closed Wing

  • Turning Lock to Right

  • Fallaway Reverse and Slip Pivot

  • Hover Corte