Learn to dance the Slow Waltz

Beginner Waltz

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.

Main Features

  • Designed with raw beginners in mind
  • Expert, step-by-step instruction for rapid learning
  • Two instructors show you each figure in detail
  • Detailed explanation of common mistakes to avoid
  • Learn how to combine steps to actually dance
  • Advanced information to upgrade your skill

Who is this course suited for?

  • Anyone learning for the very first time, with no dance experience
  • Those who have danced, maybe even for years, but with no formal training
  • Those who learned the Waltz a long time ago and need a refresher

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.

Former champions George and Wendy finish off the program 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.

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Course Preview: Beginner Waltz
4:58

The ideal way to learn the Waltz from the ground up! Professionally certified instructors and former champions George and Wendy Pytlik show you how to dance the Slow Waltz in this comprehensive two-hour program.

2
Understanding the Waltz
19:04

In this lesson we cover the music of Waltz, proper posture and dance hold. Understanding posture and hold are critical for building the foundation to look great on the dance floor. With the right information, even a raw beginner can look like a polished dancer very quickly.

3
Waltz Box Step
13:20

In this lesson we cover the Left Foot Box step in detail. The Waltz Box Step is one of the most important figures in dancing. The forward half of this figure is also known as the Left Foot Closed Change. We include a number of important details to help you avoid bad habits in your dancing.

4
Waltz Hesitation
7:35

This lesson covers a figure known as The Hesitation, which consists of a pause in the movement to create a beautiful effect. This figure is used to create light and shade in your dancing, and can help when there are issues such as people in your way, so that you can pause and wait for traffic to clear. Often danced poorly due to a misunderstanding of the lead for this step, we show you how to lead it correctly.

5
Turning the Box
14:36

In this lesson we show you how to turn the Box Step. There's a fair amount of information here because people often get into trouble with their feet when they try turning the box for the first time. We take you step-by-step through the process to make it comfortable and easy to learn.

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Lady’s Underarm Turn in Waltz
22:14

This lesson covers a figure from the American Smooth syllabus called the Lady's Underarm Turn. This is a lovely step for social dance settings, giving the lady an opportunity to show off her dress and move around on her own. We also give you a variation that provides a creative option to enhance your dancing.

7
The Waltz Right Foot Box
12:46

This lesson covers the Right Foot Box, and right turns. You can only turn in the direction of the foot that's moving, so the Right Foot Box can only produce a right turn. We show you some of the common pitfalls people run into when dancing the Right Foot Box, to help you avoid trouble.

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Moving Around the Room in Waltz
14:36

Now it's time to take the individual figures that have been covered and put them to work to create movement. 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, using a common pattern that's used by all levels, including the most skilled dancers.

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Waltz Rise and Fall
11:13

We advance your skills in the Waltz by showing you a technique known as Waltz Rise and Fall, to make your dancing look more polished. It takes a bit of practice to get it right, so we go into detail to help you understand how to create smooth rise and fall action.

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How to Double Your Movement in Waltz
8:34

Congratulations for getting this far. Now it's time to upgrade your Waltz! The final lesson shows you how you can double the amount of movement on the floor by making only one surprisingly small change to how you dance the typical Waltz sequence. This is the exact same technique the champions use in their choreography.

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Quiz: Beginner Waltz
5 questions
You can learn this dance with any shoes, or even in stocking feet if you like. We don't recommend shoes with soft rubber (crepe style) soles, as they can stick to the floor making it hard to move. But running shoes with hard rubber soles can often work okay.
The Waltz moves around the room, but for this Beginner program you can learn with a minimum of space. We recommend having an area at least 6 feet x 10 feet in size (2 meters x 3.5 meters) to give you enough space to work through the individual figures we show you. A larger space is helpful but not essential for the initial learning process. Once you actually put the dance into practice, you'll need even more space in order to connect the figures into a pattern that moves.
You'll need a partner to dance the Waltz, but you don't need one to learn the dance through this video program. We show you the figures from both the man's and lady's perspectives, so you can learn and practice without a partner.

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Lectures: 10
Video: 2 hours 5 minutes
Level: Beginner

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