The Waltz represents the most classic of all the ballroom dances, dating back to the 1700s. In this comprehensive 2-hour program, you'll learn how to dance the modern Waltz, also referred to as the Slow Waltz.
People are familiar with the idea of Waltz, so it is normal for first-time students to think the Waltz is easy. In fact, it represents some interesting challenges because it turns often and requires the partners to change feet after every three steps. But don't worry! George and Wendy take you through the same program they have used to successfully teach hundreds of couples in live group classes.
You'll learn how to follow the music, important details about posture and Waltz movement, the Hesitation, the Left Foot Box, Right Foot Box, and how to turn the Box. You'll see how to dance a beautiful figure from the American Smooth syllabus called the Lady's Underarm Turn, along with a nice variation that can add light and shade to your dancing. You'll learn how to apply a technique known as Rise and Fall to make your dancing look more polished. Then we show you how to combine the left foot box and left turns with the right foot box and right turns to move around the room. We finish off by guiding you through an advanced technique that empowers you to create twice as much movement along the floor with only one small change to your technique.
This course totals more than two hours in length, but is divided into nine parts to make it easy for you to learn in a proven step-by-step process.
Part 1: Introduction (length 19:04)
In this lesson we cover the background and music of Waltz, proper posture and dance hold to get you started on the right foot.
Part 2: The Box Step (length 13:20)
This lesson covers the Left Foot Box Step in detail. Although this is a very basic figure, you'll learn a number of things to watch for to help you avoid developing bad habits.
Part 3: The Hesitation (length 7:35)
The Hesitation is a pause in the movement to create visual light and shade in your dancing.
Part 4: Turning the Left Foot Box (length 14:36)
In this lesson we show you how to turn the Box Step. Although the box is actually very easy and you've likely mastered it by now, people get into all kinds of trouble when they try turning it. We give you valuable tips to help you avoid these issues.
Part 5: The Lady’s Underarm Turn (length 22:14)
This is a beautiful figure from the American Smooth syllabus. We show you this step as well as a nice variation that combines a series of steps to give you a dynamic option when you're dancing.
Part 6: The Right Foot Box (length 12:46)
This lesson covers the Right Foot Box. In addition to helping you avoid common problems, we also show you how to turn this figure. While it is similar to the Left Foot version in technique, turning this version of the Box is more challenging because of the position of the partners.
Part 7: Moving Around the Room (length 14:36)
In this lesson we show you how you can combine the Left Foot Box and left turns with the Right Foot Box and right turns to dance around the room. You learn a sequence that's used by dancers at all skill levels.
Part 8: Waltz Rise and Fall (length 11:13)
We advance your skills in the Waltz by showing you a technique known as Rise and Fall, to make your dancing look more polished.
Part 9: How to Move More (length 8:34)
Ramping up your skill to another level, we show you how to double the amount of movement along the floor by making only one minor change in how you apply the sequence we showed you earlier. This is the same technique used by the world's top dancers.
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