The Delta Dance Bronze Smooth Waltz video dance course is the exact same program we teach in our live group classes. A comprehensive program covering a total of about 90 minutes of instruction, broken down into different parts to make it easier for you to learn.
Smooth is a beautiful dance style that has a lot of similarities to International style Ballroom, but with the partners separating. Instead of being continually joined with body contact, the partners break apart to create individual actions where they are only joined together by one or two hands. This provides wonderful creative freedom. Technique for movement and rise and fall is pretty much the same as it is for International Ballroom, but many figures are simpler.
This course consists of pretty much the entire Bronze syllabus. We have put it together in the form of a routine. While we normally don't like routines for teaching (since people usually lose track of how individual figures are linked together), it works in this dance because so many of the figures begin with the same action, the Simple Twinkle.
Throughout the video, we cover common issues that we see in teaching and in watching social dancers, providing useful insights to help you dance a more technically accurate and enjoyable Waltz, yet without the burden of too much technique.
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CurriculumThis is a comprehensive course that totals about 90 minutes in length. We've broken it down into multiple videos to make it easy to digest and to find the individual figures that you'll want to learn. If you are brand new to Waltz, please go through our Beginner Waltz video first to understand the basic step patterns and technique of the Waltz. Introduction (length 4:35) An introduction to the program and review of Basic Smooth Waltz figures: the Box Step and the Lady's Underarm Turn. Smooth Arm Styling (length 29:34) In this lesson we cover some basic aspects of how to use the arms in Smooth dances. This technique applies to both partners. Progressives (length 2:24) This very simple figure consists of two forward half box steps, so that the couple goes in the same direction rather than moving in the box-shaped square pattern. Balance Steps (length 5:04) This lesson covers three kinds of Balance Steps used in Smooth Waltz, as well as a figure called the Balance and Box. Simple Twinkle (length 3:43) Similar to the Whisk in International Waltz, but easier to dance, the Simple Twinkle is a foundational figure used as the starting point in most of the Bronze syllabus Smooth Waltz figures. Two-Way Underarm Turn (length 5:46) This is a beautiful figure with lots of flowing energy as the couple changes places while turning under the connecting arm. Face to Face, Back to Back (length 6:21) Another elegant, flowing swing figure, this time with the couple moving along the floor in the same line. For our choreography, we end this with a Two-Way Underarm Turn. Turns and Promenade Chasse (length 8:47) We combine three figures in this section of the routine. A basic Left Foot Closed Change and Natural Turn are followed by a Right Foot Closed Change and Reverse Turn. The group concludes with a Promenade Chasse. Turning Twinkles (length 7:53) This figure is simple but showy and flows nicely. We include a variation that's easy and makes it even more interesting. Grapevine (length 5:43) The Waltz version of the Grapevine is very different from that used in the Foxtrot. This is a very simple figure but requires a strong and clear lead to make it work. We show you how to lead it effectively. The Waterfall (length 9:53) The most beautiful figure in the Bronze Waltz syllabus, the Waterfall can be confusing because of what the arms are doing. We break it down for you by dividing the foot actions and arm actions to make it easy to learn. Twinkle and Weave (length 7:13) Very similar to the Turning Twinkles, this figure moves with more energy along the floor. That requires some understanding of how to lead using Sway. We cover the common problems of Sway so that you don't make those mistakes. Progressive Twinkles (length 5:35) An elegant figure that moves in one direction along the floor, usually in two-hand hold. We show you how to lead and dance this figure. Reverse Underarm Turn (length 4:45) A slightly more complex figure, in this Reverse Turn the lady turns left under the connecting arm. Natural Underarm Turn (length 8:32) Similar in concept to the Reverse Underarm Turn, the lady turns under the connecting arm, but this time turning to her right. Following this figure we apply a Twinkle and Weave (shown in part 12) to begin along the first long wall not far from where we started the routine.
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