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How to Dance Waltz

Learn waltz with these online dance classes. Simply do the lessons in the order on this page or buy the ebook for much more help. These ticket2dance videos are designed to complement or replace traditional dance lessons.

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Learn more with the ballroom handbook. The book layout matches the videos to make working with both easy and quick.

Quick Start

Learn Waltz in 35 Minutes!

The waltz complete beginner lesson will get you dancing to a whole song really quickly. Just the absolute basics are learnt so you can get comfortable with the core skills whilst also getting to the fun bit as quickly as possible.

Next you might learn foxtrot complete beginners and then quickstep complete beginners. Then you are ready to dance to lots of different music.

If you want to learn more waltz you can simply work your way through the videos in the order presented below.

Beginner Variations

Waltz Beginner Dancing Closer

I find that waltz can really benefit from being danced closer. Many people think that it makes waltz feel more like a traditional ballroom dance. This is optional and I find it needs a lot of dedicated exercises so I give it a separate lesson.

Beginner Solo Practice

Waltz Beginner Solo Practice

Waltz Beginner Leader Solo Practice Extra Exercises

A beginner solo practice lesson suitable for both followers and leaders is available for waltz. A brief additional lesson also covers a couple of quick points for leaders.

Improver 360 Turns

Waltz Improver 360 Turn to Right

Waltz Improver 360 Turn to Left

Waltz Improver 360 Turn Both Ways

I find 360 turns are relatively easy to learn compared to other rotating moves. The main reasons seem to be that you start and end at the same position and apart from the turn there is only one new step to learn which is a backwards step on beat 4 for the leader and a forwards step on beat 4 for the follower.

Improver Variations

Waltz Improver All Forwards

I like to occasionally dance all forward steps in waltz as a dynamic variation.

Waltz Improver Curving the First Step

A very slight curve during the first step can be nice. Advanced dancers often do this with their upper body only. This is optional and if you do not like it or it does not work for you I think it is easily ignored.

Waltz Improver Leader Backwards

The leader stepping backwards is a specialist skill that I rarely see used. It can be dangerous because the leader is travelling backwards.

Waltz Improver Leader Curve Backwards

If you enjoy curving the first step you might want to develop the skill of doing it when the leader is moving backwards.

Advanced Stationary Moves Variations

Waltz Advanced Using Rumba as Variation

Rumba also uses three steps to a bar. Therefore rumba can be mixed in with waltz as a static option. However, the pause needs dropping to adjust it to waltz timing so I typically teach this as an advanced lesson.

eBook cover for the Ballroom Partner Dance Handbook.Ballroom Partner Dance Handbook

£9.99  €9,99  $9.99 USD

Learn more with the ballroom handbook. The book layout matches the videos to make working with both easy and quick.