VIENNESE WALTZ

From Strauss Waltzes and Tchaikovsky Ballets to music by contemporary artists, Viennese Waltz music has inspired people to dance for generations.

History
The Waltz developed in Central Europe from the Austrian dance known as the Landler. The fast whirling of partners held as if in an embrace shocked polite society. The music of Johann Strauss and the famous ballrooms of Vienna popularized the faster version known as the Viennese Waltz.

Music
Viennese Waltz is basically Waltz music played at a much quicker tempo. While slow Waltz is played at 28-36 measures per minute (MPM), Viennese Waltz is played at 50-60 MPM. It is usually played in 3/4 time but some Viennese Waltz’s are written in 6/8 time.

Characteristics
Sweeping turns that gracefully move around the floor characterize this dance. The Viennese Waltz is known for its rotational movement, which is simple and elegant.

Waltz songs and artists include:
* Blue Danube – Johann Strauss
* Kiss From A Rose – Seal
* Have You Ever Really Loved A Woman? – Bryan Adams
* That’s Amore – Dean Martin