Waltz Information

The waltz is a ballroom and folk dance in 3/4 time, performed primarily in closed position.

There are several references to a sliding or gliding dance,- a waltz, from the 16th century including the representations of the printer H.S. Beheim. The French philosopher Montaigne wrote of a dance he saw in 1580 in Augsburg, where the dancers held each other so closely that their faces touched. Kunz Haas, of approximately the same period wrote that, "Now they are dancing the godless, Weller or Spinner, whatever they call it." "The vigorous peasant dancer, following an instinctive knowledge of the weight of fall, utilizes his surplus energy to press all his strength into the proper beat of the measure, thus intensifying his personal enjoyment in dancing". The wide, wild steps of the country people became shorter and more elegant when introduced to higher society. Hans Sachs wrote of the dance in his 1568 Eygentliche Beschreibung aller Stände.

At the Austrian Court in Vienna in the late 17th century ladies were conducted around the room to the tune of a 2 beat measure, which then became the 3/4 of the Nach Tanz , upon which couples got into the position for the Weller and waltzed around the room with gliding steps as in an engraving of the Wirtschaft given for Peter the Great.

Wikipedia, Waltz, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waltz (as of Apr 10, 2010)

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