There are several waltzes currently being danced around the world. In America, we usually dance the American Style Waltz. But for this article, we want to discuss the Viennese Waltz. This waltz style is faster than the American style and features many more turns.

Some say the Viennese waltz was the first waltz to be danced. It certainly fits well to the classical waltz music of the past for example, compositions by Johann Strauss. Before we go any further, we want to share a beautiful rendition of an older version of the Viennese Waltz. It is from the 1997 movie “Anna Karenina” with Sophie Marceau and Sean Bean.

To look elegant dancing the Viennese Waltz, you must not only learn the steps, you must also learn how to move softly on your feet; how to keep your back straight and shoulders down; how to glide your weight lightly across the floor; how to keep certain body parts from jiggling; and how to keep your chin held parallel [or slightly above parallel] to the floor. For these reasons, dancing the Viennese Waltz is a great way to practice deportment. So, we recommend ladies take a few classes and practice often at home, even if solo.

The Viennese Waltz is a rotary dance where dancers move across the dance floor in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction using turns. Older versions of the Viennese Waltz consisted of just turns and change steps. Now, side sways, dips, underarm turns, and lifts have been added. Here is a video teaching Viennese Waltz basics…

The best way to learn the Viennese Waltz is to attend classes taught by a professional dancer. This way you can receive one-on-one lessons and corrections as well as feel what it is like to dance with a professional. If you cannot afford lessons right now, watch the video above and practice on your own. Any practice is better than none. Happy dancing!