Modern Waltz

Watching a couple do those classic slow turns around each other in the romantic Waltz, you wouldn’t think this dance would have such a rocky history. Starting out its life as a folk dance in the 18th century, it caused a scandal in the 19th when it adapted to a hold where the man put his hand on the lady’s waist. It got faster, it got slower, it got closer, it almost disappeared entirely, and finally in the 1920s it developed into the beautiful dance that we know today. Danced to 3/4 timing, this is one for the romantics.

Learn the Modern Waltz at Long-Steps

We’ll take you through all the steps from scratch. Even if you have never danced before, we will show you how. You do not need a partner to learn the dance, your instructor will dance through it with you.

Long-Steps currently teaches the Modern Waltz periodically during our Beginner Classes, Advanced Classes, and by Private Tuition.

Long-Steps teaches the Modern Waltz according to a combination of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Dance Examinations Board’s The Ballroom Technique, and other reputable ballroom technique publications and resources.

History of the Modern Waltz

Coming soon - watch this space


Technical Details

Time Signature: 3/4
Musical Selection: Waltz
Tempo Range: 27 to 32 bars per minute

Additional Information