The main differences between Slow Waltz and Viennese Waltz is footwork and patterns, but the main difference is speed. Viennese Waltz can be up to four times faster than the slow version. A true Viennese waltz consists only of turns – that is why it is also known as the Rotary Waltz.

The Viennese waltz is the oldest of the current ballroom dances. It emerged in the second half of the 18th century from the German dance and the Ländler in Austria and was both popular and subject to criticism. At that time, the waltz, as described in a magazine from 1799, was performed by dancers who held on to their long gowns to prevent them from dragging or being stepped on. The dancers would lift their dresses and hold them high like cloaks, and this would bring both their bodies under one cover.

Today, the waltz is, by far, the most graceful and well-known of the smooth ballroom dances. Its distinctive ¾ timing, rise and fall, and flowing style make this dance different from most others. Knowing how to waltz is impressive and one of the easiest smooth dances to learn.  Have fun while improving your balance, coordination and a good cardio workout too!

Learn the Viennese Waltz