"The feet may learn the steps... but only the spirit can dance.”
How to Dance Waltz
Learn Waltz with these online dance classes. These ticket2dance videos are designed to compliment or replace traditional dance lessons.
Video to be added: Waltz Complete Beginner
Waltz Complete Beginner (Get dancing straight away with this video. Enough skills are taught to get you dancing to whole song and it gives a strong foundation to develop later.)
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.
I find that waltz can really benefit from being danced closer. So, here is a special video to help with that skill. Another reason for this video is that we were so busy learning the timing and unusual footwork that there was not time in the complete beginner video to cover it.
Video to be added: Waltz Beginner Dancing Closer
Waltz Beginner Dancing Closer (Optional skill of dancing closer. Many people find this makes it feel more like real ballroom dancing.)
Beginner Solo Practice
Videos to help you practice dancing waltz on your own.
Video to be added: Waltz Beginner Solo Practice
Waltz Beginner Solo Practice (A chance to practice and improve your waltz without a partner. Suitable for followers and leaders.)
Video to be added: Waltz Beginner Leader Solo Practice Extra Exercises
Waltz Beginner Leader Solo Practice Extra Exercises (Some waltz individual practice exercises that are just for leaders.)
Improver Slight Curve (Optional)
Adding a slight curve to the basic waltz is a popular option. If you are really having to concentrate or your body already finds the stepping awkward this is not a good video to do. If you are finding the basic step easy you can try this to see if you like the shape it adds.
This should feel very smooth, natural and be able to be danced small. If it is feeling awkward be very careful as many learners will curve the wrong way. There is lots of repitition in this video to try to deal with this issue.
Video to be added: Waltz Improver Curving the First Step
Waltz Improver Curving the First Step (A very slight curve to the first step can be nice. Advanced dancers often do this with their upper body only. We will do it with our whole body. This can be awkward so if it does not work for you then that is ok. Everyone ends up with different personal styling in the end.)
Improver 360 Turns
I find turns are relatively easy to learn. 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 step 4 for the leader and a forwards step on step 4 for the follower.
You might be wondering why I teach 360 degree turns. The reason is that it is easier for students to understand than "end up facing this way compared to the way you were facing before". Yes it is slightly difficult to get all the way around but the good news is that we then cover that in the lesson as well.
Video to be added: Waltz Improver 360 Turn to Left
Waltz Improver 360 Turn to Left (Take six beats to do a full 360 degree turn anti-clockwise. Plenty is covered including where to take smaller steps to help make it easier for your partner to get around you. Many people will spend weeks or more just doing this turn to get it good before trying the turn to the right.)
Video to be added: Waltz Improver 360 Turn to Right
Waltz Improver 360 Turn to Right (As for the turn to the left but starting on the other foot and turning the other way. Depending on your learning style you might want to wait until you are good at the turn to the left or learn them both at the same time. I find people who learn by the shape often do better waiting and people who learn by understanding/working it out often do better trying them both.)
Video to be added: Waltz Improver 360 Turn Both Ways
Waltz Improver 360 Turn Both Ways (Once you are happy doing the turn to the left and to the right the really difficult challenge is being able to do either depending on where you are in the dance. It can be many months before you are ready to do this after starting to learn the two different turns.)
Some fun variations to add to your waltz.
Video to be added: Waltz Improver Promenade from Leader Forward on Left
Waltz Improver Promenade from Leader Forward on Left (This is something I like to teach. Promenade position is something many people recognise from show dancing and they want to do it themselves. This is an easy way to get it into your dancing. Leaders you need to have good awareness of when you are about to start a set of three steps with your left foot.)
Video to be added: Waltz Improver All Forwards
Waltz Improver All Forwards (This is a dynamic option that I like to do as an occasional variation.)
Video to be added: Waltz Improver Using Rumba as Variation
Waltz Improver 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 this is an improver lesson.)
Waltz Improver Leader Backwards
Dancing backwards is an unusual skill for the leader. It is rarely important when it is needed there is a big difference between stopping and starting again and smoothly continuing because you are comfortable with this movement.
Video to be added: Waltz Improver Leader Backwards
Waltz Improver Leader Backwards (This is a specialist skill that you will rarely use. It can be dangerous as you are travelling backwards. Many people will come back to this lesson later when it becomes important for a more advanced move at some point in their personal learning.)
If you are adding a slight curve to your dancing you might want to know how to do the same when the leader is travelling backwards.
Video to be added: Waltz Improver Leader Curve Backwards
Waltz Improver Leader Curve Backwards ()
Meanwhile, here is a test video that I put on YouTube that is similar to the introductory video that will appear on this page.
Absolute Beginners Waltz (ticket2dance test video) (YouTube)
Finally, here are some demonstration dances to give you more ideas of how a partner dance can look.
No demonstration dances yet. Remember I need volunteers so if you want to get trained for free and then record some demonstration dances please contact me.