[progressive pattern] [waltz
Timing: 1,2,3,1,2,3 or 1,2,3,4,5,6
In a large part this dance is known because of
the ever popular term "Wedding Waltz". Though you
will hear a Waltz rhythm or two on most any modern artist's
CD, the songs most often chosen as wedding dances are many
times not the 3/4 timing required to dance the waltz.
Waltz is a *Heel Lead The
basic Waltz step is called the Box and is literally walking
to the music. Just as if you were marching in place, start
with the left foot and march, then slowly work into the waltz
rhythm and pattern.
This animation shows the foot pattern while the diagram
below demonstrates why the step is called the "Box" step.
Both diagrams display the exact step, only viewed differently.
See step *below
diagram is the same with the exception of the red box to show
that the foot pattern you are making is literally a square or
step is a progressional waltz pattern, it is good to practice
it forward and back.You'll notice that it starts like the
basic box but on step 4, when you'd normally go back, you
will instead go forward..then side and together. You will
then begin the box again and either take it forward on step
four, or decide to do the standard box and step back then
step calls for you to hold the timing on the second step. (Men)After
you take step number one, you will pull your right food towards
your left but not set down the weight. You will count "2,3" then
with the same foot (right) you will step back for the count of
(1), turn your self one quarter for your side step (2), and close
(3) Men, don't forget, the woman is in front of you and stepping
back as you step forward, she then pauses with you, then steps
toward you as you step back then side and together. If you make
the "back side together" portion to large, she will have a hard
time keeping in front of you to complete the turn.
Women, make sure that after your initial back step, you then step
forward as a heel first (as if your walking). Every other step
is a toe or *ball lead.