The International Viennese Waltz is actually the original form of the waltz. It was the first ballroom dance performed in the closed hold position, which is now common among all International Standard dances. While the slow waltz is danced at approximately 30 bars per minute, the Viennese waltz is danced at about 58 to 60 bars per minute. Also unlike the slow waltz, the Viennese waltz is a rotary dance where the dancers are constantly turning either toward the leader's right or toward the leader's left.
Viennese waltz is best known from Viennese balls, which are still danced in Vienna as well as throughout the world, including nearby Stanford University's annual event. Viennese waltz is often danced at ballroom parties and social events, ballroom dance competitions, and performances such as Dancing with the Stars.
How to Learn Viennese Waltz at Arete Dance Center
Viennese is one of the ten dances we teach in our series group class program, along with Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba, Paso Doble, and Jive. We continue to teach the Viennese waltz through all of our series group classes as you move up the levels, giving more advanced routines and technique as you progress.
If you are just interested in learning the Viennese waltz on its own, we recommend a private lesson with one of our professional dance instructors.