Viennese Waltz – a worldwide known dance

Great composers such as Johann Strauss father and son helped him to worldwide fame: the Viennese waltz, a dance that became socially acceptable after the Congress of Vienna (September 18, 1814 to June 9, 1815). Until today it is considered as famous Austrian cultural property. He has been in the world dance program since the early 1960s.

Varied Viennese waltz

The now world-famous standard dance is a social but also tournament dance. The name was derived from the word “roll”. Because the dance couple not only turns around its own axis – it also continues to move counterclockwise. Technically, the waltz is rooted in ballet. At 60 bars per minute, he is one of the fastest dances in terms of speed.

Until the early 19th century, he was considered wicked and disreputable, because the dancers were in close physical contact with each other – and the ladies’ ankles were exposed during the spins. However, the Viennese Congress finally accepted the dance: it quickly established itself as the standard dance across all strata of society.

The dance leg has long since been swung around the globe for a three-quarter time. In 1963 he was admitted to the world dance program. Incidentally, differences between international and American style (which is also almost exclusively prevalent in the USA).

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Johann Strauss and his sons

The decisive pioneers of the waltz are Johann Strauss and his sons. Especially Johann Strauss son is considered the “waltz king” par excellence. With his compositions such as “Kaiserwalzer”, “On the beautiful blue Danube” or “Viennese blood”, he always breathed fresh, innovative life into the dance.