A ballroom dance in 3/4 time with strong accent on the first beat

"Waltz" is an elegant dance known for its smooth rotations and triple meter rhythm. It originated in Austria and Germany and rapidly spread across Europe in the late 18th century. The name "Waltz" comes from the German word meaning "to turn", as dancers in the waltz continuously rotate during the dance.

The basic steps of the waltz are a characteristic triple meter dance, typically performed in 3/4 or 3/8 time signatures. Dancers gracefully rotate to the rhythm of the music, completing one cycle of movements every three beats. This fluid rotation and movement give the dance an air of elegance and lightness.

Musically, waltz compositions are typically played by string instruments, especially the violin and cello. The music of the waltz is known for its melodious and romantic quality. Waltz music is also characterized by its elegance and gentle nature.

Although the waltz reached its peak in the 19th century, it is still beloved in modern times and widely taught and performed in dance education and social dance events. This dance not only holds historical significance but is also an elegant performing art that attracts many people for learning and enjoyment. Whether danced in ballrooms or appreciated at concerts, the waltz remains a charming form of performing art.

Example of Waltz

Dmitri Shostakovich - Waltz No. 2