Waltz Dance Instruction

When people think of taking up ballroom dancing lessons, perhaps the first dance they think about is the waltz. I don’t blame them. With the beautiful costumes and the effortless grace this dance seemingly exudes, I would imagine everybody would want some waltz dance instruction.

The waltz is the dance that people perform during special occasions like weddings and coming out parties. While guys are usually reluctant to learn the waltz initially, most of them eventually end up having fun— at least when they see how happy they made the people who want them to learn it.

Is waltz difficult to learn? If you are simply learning it for fun or for a special number then no, it’s not at all difficult. However, if you want to dance the waltz so you can perform in competitions and dance tournaments then the level of difficulty will definitely go up a few notches. Whatever your purpose is, anybody can do the waltz with the proper waltz dance instruction.

The first thing you need to learn is how to hold your partner properly in the waltz—the closed hold. Let’s say you are in the wedding reception. The man goes to his special lady and asks her for a dance, offering his left arm to escort her to the dance floor. The woman graciously gives her right hand and they both walk gracefully to the dance floor. They face each other. The man puts his right hand on her shoulder blade and holds her right hand with his left hand. The woman gently positions her left hand on his shoulder or upper arm.

Waltz is a travelling dance and should maintain the anti-clockwise direction at all time. The man leads and the woman follows. This doesn’t mean that the woman is relegated to the background. She is usually the star of the show, but it is important that she doesn’t try to lead the man because this will pretty much mess up the effect of the dance.

The basic waltz step is the box step. For the man: Step forward with the left foot, step to the side with the right foot, bring the left foot beside the right foot. Step back with the right foot, step back sideways with the left foot, close the right foot beside the left foot. Repeat.

The women takes the natural opposite of the men’s part: Step backwards with the right foot, step to the side with the left foot, close the right foot by bringing it beside the left foot. Then step forward with the left foot, step forward sideways with the right foot, then bring the left foot beside the right foot.

Don’t forget to keep your spine straight and head slightly tilted up. Remember, it’s the little things that make you stand out from everybody else. Don’t look at your feet while you’re dancing and always have a gorgeous smile on your face. When you follow these simple waltz dance instruction tips, you will look like the star you always knew you were. Enjoy!


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