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Learning The Waltz

Feb 17, 2008
The Waltz is one of the oldest recognized types of ballroom dancing and is routinely one of the most asked for when it comes to taking dancing lessons from a trained professional. This dance is one of the easiest to learn and the most difficult to master, taking years of practice to rise to a competitive level in the dance. The Waltz is also one of the most popular dances in the world and is conducted at formal events all over the world every year.

There are two major types of waltz dancing that may be performed by a skilled ballroom dancer. The Viennese Waltz was the original type of waltz and is considered the fast style of the dance. The other style of waltz dancing is often known as the English Waltz or simply the Waltz and is considered the slower form of the dance. The type of dance performed depends on the pace of the music that is being played at the time.

One of the reasons why the Waltz continues to be so popular is because the steps and the rhythm of the dance can be modified to fit many different types of popular music. By slightly slowing down or speeding up the pace of the dance, the Waltz can fit nearly every piece of popular music of any time in recent history. Although many individuals choose to perform the Waltz to classical music, many others choose to adapt the dance to their own favorite songs.

Couples that are engaged to be married frequently choose to take dance lessons from a professional dance instructor prior to their wedding date in order to learn to waltz for their first dance as man and wife. Because the Waltz can be easily adapted to popular music, the individuals can perform this classical dance to a song that has personal meaning for them, enhancing the experience of their first dance at their wedding. A skilled professional dance instructor can help the couple modify the moves that are performed for the dance in order for the performance to be more comfortable for the individuals involved.

While some individuals feel comfortable performing the Waltz after only a few dancing lessons, most individuals require a more extended program to feel confident with the movements needed to perform the dance properly. How quickly the individual learns the dance will also depend on their ability to practice on their own in order to refine the movements to their personal technique. Individuals that practice the moves on their own after their lesson has been conducted learn the steps of the dance twice as quickly as individuals that rely on the dance lessons alone.

There are numerous dance studios and professional dance instructors that are willing to provide an individual with lessons in performing the Waltz. The key to choosing a great professional dance instructor is to choose someone that is understanding, patient, and willing to help you perform the dance of your choosing at your own pace. Having a professional dance instructor that knows how to perform the dance properly as well as the most effective methods of teaching the dance to amateurs will ensure that the individual taking the lessons will have a fun and productive time learning the Waltz.
About the Author
Natalie Beck has been dancing for 15 years, many of those years competitively and teaching dance for 5 years. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, Natalie has the experience to help you with private dance lessons, Sydney wide. Please visit her site for more information.
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