Wien und sein Walzer

The Viennese Waltz is the oldest of the royal social dances. He became famous before the french revolution started and replaced the Minuet as most beloved social dance.

The Viennese Waltz developed from the 'German Dance' and first was frowned upon obscenity, because of the ladies showing their ankle and the couples where continously in close contact.

In the years before the Congress of Vienna a lot of vivit Balls took place. There, the Viennese Waltz was a popular dance. 'Karl von Mirkowitsch', a k.u.k. army officer finally made the dance socially acceptable.

Since 1932 the dance is also done at competitions. About 20 years later, in 1951 the Dancing Teacher Paul Krebs combined Austrian Traditions with the British style. Since then, the Viennese Waltz is a fully integrated ballroom dance among the standard dances.

Much older than the dance is the music style called Viennese Waltz. It made Johann 'Schani' Strauß famous and inspired lots of other musicians.

Viennese people love their waltz, the music as much as the dance. No ball, no wedding ceremony without the famous ¾-time.

Though Viennese Waltz consists of only 6 steps, it is one of the most difficult dances because of its speed. However, one can learn how to do this beautiful dance and every visitor of Vienna should go for a try.

Summary

TechnicStandard
Kind of DanceSocial Dance
Competition Dance
Music3/4
Speed58-60 BPM
OriginAustria
since 1770