Learn the Tracie-Leigh Waltz at Long-Steps
We’ll take you through all the steps from scratch. This is an intermediate level dance so, some dance experience is advantageous. You do not need a partner to learn the dance, your instructor will dance through it with you.
Long-Steps teaches the Tracie-Leigh Waltz according to a combination of Russ Hesketh’s New Vogue Championship Dances (6th Ed.) and Neville Boyd’s New Vogue Sequence Dancing and the Viennese Waltz.
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Routine Length: 32 Bars
Time Signature: 3/4
Musical Selection: Waltz
Tempo Range: 48 to 54 bars per minute.
The Swing Waltz may also be danced in 6/8 time. In this case the routine would be 16 bars long, and have a scripted tempo range of 24 to 27 bars per minute. However, this is uncommon due to the general composition of music written in 6/8. The triplet form of 6/8 music (123 456 or 1&a 2&a) gives pieces written in this signature 2 strong beats per bar giving the music a feeling of being closer to 2/4 than 3/4. As New Vogue waltz dances often have steps lasting 1, 2, or 3 beats (in 3/4 time) the feeling of 6/8 music can make the learning process difficult.
Despite 6/8 time being less appropriate for dancing and learning the New Vogue waltzes, students often benefit from counting these sequences in 6’s (2 bars at a time). Counting the dance in this way helps make sense of the different step values through different figures and movements.