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Waltz Dance

Waltz dance, a German dance form. In the 16th and 17th centuries Austrian and Bavarian peasant dances, this popular fast-moving circular dance was known as the ‘weiler’. The seeds of waltz are also found in the German folk dance ‘Lendler’.

Waltz Dance

History of the Waltz dance

It gained social prestige when people from the upper classes were also attracted to this dance form. This type of dance, performed by men and women holding each other in arms, was initially considered to be Uttan, but after the French Revolution, all European art fields came under the influence of Swachhdatanism and this dance form brought about a Swachhdanist revolution in the western dance field.

After Germany and France, vaults spread to England. Mozart (1756-91) composed vaults for the Viennese duet. Marius Petipa, a 19th-century French waltz dancer (1819-1910), became very popular as a choreographer of Waltz music.


Petipa’s choreography is famous for The Sleeping Beauty, The Swan Lake, Raymonda, The Vaults of the Flowers, etc. There are two types of ballroom dance performed in large public gatherings. The rhythm of this circular dance is in 3/4 time, in Viennese waltzes the male and female couples circle rapidly in one direction, while in Boston waltzes, the male and female couples move in multiple directions in a pattern of circles in a slow rhythm.

Although Waltz’s popularity began to wane with the introduction of the Polk dance form in the 1840’s, it is still popular in Western societies. Waltz has also been incorporated into Western music and has been popularized through its dialogues.

Like Mozart, Frederick Sharp, Maurice Ravell are famous for their compositions by the composers Vault, Johann Strauss (Jr.), Eduard Strauss, Franz Lehr, and Oscar Strauss are also famous for the compositions of the Viennese vaults.

Waltz music was consistently used in Indian film music from 1950-55. As the ‘First Lady’ of the Viennese Vaults, Carmen Miranda, a dramatic young woman, had the honor of inaugurating a major ceremony with dance in 1975.

Gomantika musicians, who grew up in Portuguese culture, have been very successful in giving an oriental twist to this art form that once revitalized western dance. Even today, in Maharashtra, India, Parsis have a tradition of dancing vaults at weddings and other festivities.

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