Originally called the “Volte” and danced in circle form during the 16th century, the Waltz is said to have first appeared in Italy, then subsequently France and Germany. The Waltz has
had several prior names: The Boston, The Redowa, The Society Waltz, and the Gallop, to name a few.
In 1812, English Ballrooms introduced the Waltz into society. This dance was not welcomed initially, due to the uncharacteristic dance positioning of the times. Men placing a hand on a lady’s waist was not deemed societally acceptable. The middle class in Europe began to accept the waltz in the early 20th century, but Americans took to it earlier and with greater fervour. Although supplanted in popularity by the Foxtrot at the start of ragtime, the waltz has still endured over the years. Slower waltzes began to replace the faster tempo waltzes in the early 1920’s lending aid to this dance’s staying power. The waltz has three distinct tempos: (1) The Viennese Waltz (fast) (2) The Medium Waltz and (3) The Slow Waltz.