Viennese Waltz

The origins of Viennese Waltz are dated back to 12th/13th centuries and found in the dance called "Nachtanz". The Viennese waltz originally comes from Bavaria and used to be called the "German". However, other people question this origin of the Viennese waltz. An article which appeared in the Paris magazine "La Patrie"(THe Fatherland) on 17 January 1882, claimed that the waltz was first danced in Paris in 1178, not under the name waltz but as the Volta from the Provence. Presumably this is a dance in 3/4 rhythm, which the French regard as the forerunner of the Viennese waltz.

Probably the first waltz melody was "Das Lied vom lieben Augustin" written in 1679 in 3/4 time. It was introduced in Pairs in 1775, but it took some time before it became popular. In 1813 Mr Byron condemned the waltz as being unchaste. In 1816 the waltz was also accepted in England. But that the struggle against it was not over yet. In 1833, a "good behaviour" book was published by Miss Celbart and according to it, although it was allowed for married ladies to perform this dance, she called it "a dance of too loose character for maidens to perform".


  • Natural turn
  • Reverse turn
  • Forward closed change: natural & reverse


  • Backward closed change: natural & reverse


  • Natural fleckerl
  • Reverse fleckerl
  • Contra check

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