When to Dance the Waltz

Depositphotos_5647164_s-2015The waltz is a classic; most people who enjoy dancing, or take opportunities to do so at functions know the waltz as a timeless, go-to dance. It is a romantic, elegant style made for grand dance floors. Partners embrace in a way that was once considered inappropriate, but is now generally considered conservative, and glide together over the floor. That’s why the waltz is arguably best danced to a type of music to make the most of the dance’s inherent romance.

The waltz wasn’t always the slower dance it is today; the dance was a little different when Austrian and Bavarian peasants did it. Now, however, the best moment to dance is when the music slows to a ¾ count, perfect for the sways and spins of the routine.

Some great modern music for a waltz includes:

  • “Angel” by Sarah McLachlan
  • “Come Away with Me” by Norah Jones
  • “I’ll Be” by Edwin McCain
  • “Strawberry Wine” by Deana Carter

Some more classic waltz music includes:

  • “The Blue Danube Waltz” by Johann Strauss II
  • “Sleeping Beauty (Ballet)” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
  • “Waltz of the Flowers from The Nutcracker” by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

These pieces of music generally evoke the emotional response, or sensations that typically correlate well to the dance’s style. The waltz is counted at three beats per measure— 1,2,3,1,2,3—a gentle rhythm that makes the dance’s flowing movements, and elegant rise and fall, easy. It matches the steps perfectly, making the dance that much more graceful.

Because of its graceful, romantic nature, the waltz is a perfect dance for weddings. Whether couples take the dance floor, or the newlyweds do so for the first time, the waltz is a classic. It’s yet another way to enjoy the wedding.

If you want to waltz, learn another dance for the ballroom, learn to salsa, and more, we have classes for you at Dance Passion Studio. We can help you prepare for a wedding, another event, and get some enjoyable exercise. Sign up for a class today.

Great Dance Films 

Most of us love movies, and many of us love all sorts of dance films. There are many entertaining flicks from which to choose. Below are some recommended great ones that feature some dances we teach right here at Dance Passion Studio.

Shall We Dance?: You may have heard of, or seen the American version of this film, starring Richard Gere. First, however, came the 1996 Japanese movie. The story is about a successful man with a wife and children who struggles to find meaning in his life. Then, he meets a beautiful ballroom dance teacher. His first waltz lesson with her immediately brightens his outlook, and his love for dance—specifically the waltz and quickstep, which are among the ballroom dances we teach at Dance Passion Studio—and infatuation with her change his life. It’s a charming film that’s well-worth watching, even if you aren’t a fan of subtitles.

Dirty DancingWho could forget this recent, instant classic? Even if you have already seen it, it is worth watching again. At a vacation camp for wealthy patrons, a poor, cynical dance instructor falls in love with the naïve daughter of a doctor. Not only is this story endlessly romantic—and the line, “Nobody puts Baby in the corner,” is memorable—but the film features a variety of well-performed dances, and classic musical montages. Most of us love the final dance scene to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” and Baby’s first successful lift. If you love the salsa dancing in this film, you can easily learn it with us.

Urban Cowboy: Though dancing is not central to the plot of this movie, fans love the dancing scenes. This story about love and the struggle for success in Texas features several dances at a honky-tonk bar in Houston, including the two-step, line dancing, and more. If you want to learn to dance like John Travolta at your next dance or trip to the honky-tonk, we can help with that, too.

Couples having dancing classWatching great dances is entertaining, but nothing is more fun than learning to dance for yourself. You don’t have to be an actor or professional dancer to learn. We have lessons for everyone at Dance Passion Studio. So, get inspired by some movies, and then after you enjoy the films, sign up for a class with us.