The 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.