1.Introduction: The OG of Ballroom Dancing
Alright, people, let's talk about the Slow Waltz. So, the Slow Waltz, or the English Waltz, is like the OG of ballroom dancing. It's been around for so long, it probably danced with your great-great-grandparents at their wedding. The dance originated from a traditional Austrian dance called "Matenick," which probably no one has heard of because it sounds like a rejected Harry Potter spell. But over time, the Slow Waltz has spread its wings and has different versions all over the world.
2. The Slow Waltz: Graceful and Elegant
But over time, the Slow Waltz has taken on a life of its own and has become the most famous of all the Ballroom dances. It's like the Beyoncé of ballroom dancing, except it doesn't sing, and it's not as fierce. But what it lacks in vocal cords and attitude, it makes up for in grace and elegance.
3.The Hardcore Workout: Keeping it Close and Personal
Now, the Slow Waltz may sound chill, but don't let that fool you. It's actually pretty hardcore. You gotta keep it close and personal with your partner throughout the dance, like a clingy koala. And then there's the rise and fall motion. Oh, the rise and fall. You gotta rise and fall to the beat of the music's 3/4 timing. It's like you're jumping on a trampoline, but with a dance partner, and you're trying to look graceful while doing it. I mean, talk about a workout. You might as well skip the gym and just waltz for an hour. Trust me, your core will be screaming for mercy.
4.American Smooth vs. International Standard: Different Styles, Same Waltz
Now, when it comes to the Slow Waltz, there are two main styles: American Smooth and International Standard. In American Smooth, the Slow Waltz is more open than its International Standard counterpart. It allows for more space between the partners and for more freedom of movement, making it a great choice for couples who want to show off their individual style.
But in International Standard, the Slow Waltz is all about the close hold. You're basically glued to your partner like two pieces of bread with peanut butter and jelly in between. And forget about breaking away, like a clingy ex, you're stuck with each other throughout the dance. The lead and follow positions have got to be locked in like two puzzle pieces.
5.Learning the Slow Waltz: A Rewarding Experience
Whether you're a beginner or an experienced dancer, learning the Slow Waltz is a rewarding and enriching experience. It requires dedication, discipline, and passion, but the rewards are well worth it. We invite you to join us in our classes to discover the magic of the Slow Waltz and take your ballroom dancing skills to the next level.
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