Viennese Waltz

The Viennese Waltz is a fast waltz which originated in Germany, and was taken from there to France by Napoleon as part of the spoils of war. The English, who were at war with France and not wanting to be outdone, adopted it; and in true Anglo fashion ultimately put it through a process of discriminating analysis. Finding its way quickly to America, the dance enjoyed a great deal of popularity at the turn of the century. Besides being recognized as the "Mother of Social Dance" it has also served an important role in the development of theatre dance, having been frequently utilized in theatrical and Hollywood productions. The word Waltzen (derived from the Latin Volvere) meaning to revolve, succinctly describes the key character of this picturesque dance, particularly when viewed from elevation. Perhaps one of the most breathtaking spectacles of a Dancesport event is the panorama of thirty or forty couples beautifully attired in traditional tails and ballgowns revolving collectively around the ballroom in harmonious display.

 


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