National Waltz Dance Day is celebrated on March 4 each year. The waltz is one of the most widely known dances in the field of ballroom dancing. It is usually danced by a man and woman facing and holding each other in a closed position. It is usually danced at state dinners, weddings, and other formal occasions. The Viennese waltz, as opposed to the slow waltz, refers to the faster renditions of the waltz. Johann Strauss composed the most well-known waltz music with his son. Let’s waltz together to commemorate the occasion.
History of National Dance The Waltz Day
The moves of the waltz dance were devised and performed by German peasants in the thirteenth century. They introduced their folk dance, which featured rolls, glides, and twists. It was so warmly welcomed that by the 1500s, it had made its way to the Volta region in Germany, where it was mixed with forms from other local dances. A similar dance, known as the Weller, was popular in Vienna during the sixteenth century.
The modern waltz was designed for court dancers rather than folk dancers in the suburban area of Vienna and the Austrian alpine regions. The arrival of free-form dancing with the intimate positioning of dances provoked outrage and scandal among traditional aficionados of old ballroom dance. After the eighteenth century, the waltz style known as ‘allemande,’ — a dance in which couples moved separately, became popular in France. However, this quickly changed as the popularity of the waltz grew, establishing it as a standard and spreading its influence throughout Europe. The amazing music of Johann Strauss and Franz Lanner was a crucial factor in the development in popularity of the waltz. The waltz was adopted in the U.S. in the mid-nineteenth century, and by the early twentieth century, it had spread around the four corners of the globe.
The history of ballroom dancing is marked by the invention of popular dances and periods when new styles completely revolutionized dancing fashion and allowed the popular dance culture to evolve. The waltz is one of the most influential dances that did just that.
National Dance The Waltz Day timeline
German peasants first dance the original form of the waltz.
The waltz is first performed in England at Prince Regent’s grand gala.
Johann Strauss II, the most famous waltz music composer, is born on October 25.
Strauss composes the well-known “The Blue Danube” to uplift the spirits of the people of Vienna after losing in the Austro-Prussian War.
National Dance The Waltz Day FAQs
What label did the first waltz dance get?
Because of its close-hold position and quick rotations performed by embracing couples, the waltz was once tagged as the “forbidden dance.”
How did the waltz get its name?
The word derives from the German ‘walzen,’ which means “to revolve.”
Where did the waltz dance come from?
The waltz is thought to have developed from the folk music and associated dances of rural west Austria in the Tyrol region.
National Dance The Waltz Day Activities
Learn how to dance the waltz
Don’t know how to dance the waltz? No worries, take the day off to sign up for a waltz dance tutorial. You may check out dancing schools and studios or simply go online and learn from tutorial videos.
Throw a waltz dance party
There is no other dance as romantic and exhilarating as the waltz. So throw a party and show off your waltz dance skills. Invite all your friends and relatives.
Take your partner out for a dancing date
Dance the night away with your partner for a romantic waltz dance date. You’ll surely find restaurants, bars, and other places with dance floors where ballroom dancing is encouraged.
5 Interesting Facts About The Waltz
The waltz has many versions
There's the Viennese waltz, international standard waltz, American style waltz, and the Scandinavian, Mexican, Valse, and Cajun waltz.
It’s a dance with sensual moves
Back in the day, dancing the waltz was deemed scandalous primarily because of its closed position and sensual moves.
Missionary priests once banned the waltz
Missionary priests in California banned the waltz dance until 1834 declaring it “vulgar and sinful.”
Waltzing improves physical and mental health
Dancing the waltz can improve joint health, relieve the aches associated with aging, and improve relationships.
It is the oldest ballroom dance
The waltz is the oldest ballroom dance performed to this day.
Why We Love National Dance The Waltz Day
It’s an opportunity to celebrate your love
This day allows you and your partner to get romantic and appreciate each other by dancing the waltz. So put on your dancing shoes and waltz the evening away.
It’s a day to create memories
You can throw a waltz dance party. Motivate your partner in creating beautiful memories while dancing. Dancing the waltz will surely strengthen your bond.
It’s an enjoyable activity
For dance lovers and hopeless romantics, the waltz is an invigorating activity. It is a fun activity because the music enhances one’s mood.
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