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Waltz The waltz can be traced back to the 1770's. It originated from the dances of several different peoples in Europe but its main predecessors were the "Matenick" and a variation called the "Furiant" that were performed during rural festivals in the Czech Republic. The French dance, the "Walt", and the Austrian "Lindler" are the most similar to the waltz among its predecessors. The waltz became popular at the beginning of the 19th century in Vienna, from where it spread all over the world. The king of dances acquired different national traits in different countries. Thus there appeared the English Waltz, the Hungarian Waltz, and the Waltz-Mazurka. The waltz cannot be rivalled in its long-lasting popularity. During the 1920's the musical form of the waltz was further developed and new dances appeared: the Boston Waltz and the Slow Waltz. These dances were the forerunners of the modern waltz that is now performed in dance competitions.


Foxtrot The Foxtrot appeared in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century and reached its peak of popularity in the 20's. The rapid growth in its popularity was due to the talented American dancers Vernon and Irene Castle. Over the years several variations of the Foxtrot have appeared, the most popular ones being the Slow Fox and the Quickstep. The Slow Foxtrot is characterised by long lines, uninterrupted and fluent progressive movements. It implies reserved strength and flight. The dance is complicated since it requires balance and constant control during every movement. To perform it graciously, the dancers, but most especially the lady, need constant training. The Slow Foxtrot requires considerable space and cannot be danced if the ballroom is crowded.


Quickstep The Quickstep is a light, lively, cheerful dance, crammed with jumps, hops, right, left and back turns. Apparently there are several levels of interpretation: a sparkling dance for youthful dancers, a more refined nobility for middle-aged dancers, and a more reserved, choice choreography for older dancers. English in origin, it replaced the Foxtrot which was a quick dance popular in the 1930's. The lively rhythm of the Quickstep requires lightness and mobility from the dancers. Rich with variations, the Quickstep is considered The Pocket Grammar of standard dances.


TangoThe choreographic sources of the Tango are Argentine and Spanish folk dances. In the 19th century, the Tango became wide-spread in South America, and it first appeared in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. The well-known French choreographer and composer Camil de Rinal revamped the dance making it more simple and thereby created the Tango as we know it today. It was not a popular dance around the world, however, since the Pope banned it as an obscene dance. After its initial success in Paris in 1909, the Tango impetuously spread all over Europe and enjoyed immense popularity in the period between 1910-1915. It went out of fashion in the 1930's-60's but is currently enjoying a revival. Boldness and resolution, sudden pauses and unexpected poses, and changes of directions are

Vienese Waltz

Viennese waltz The "Flecker" is one of the moves of the Viennese waltz that is performed at dancing competitions. It is a very ancient move that originated from the primitive folk dances of Austria and Germany. For several centuries pairs have danced, spinning round on the same spot while holding each other very closely. At the end of the 18th and the beginning of the 19th centuries these dances shifted to towns and cities. Instead of being performed in country yards and taverns they were now danced in the great dancing halls of Vienna. Hopping and stamping was transformed into smooth gliding over spacious and polished floors. The tempo of the music was increased to 60-70 beats per minute (nowadays 60 beats per minute is usual). The music of the Viennese Waltz is elegant and full of passion. The dance is beautiful and it is a real pleasure to watch the dancing pairs. The creators of these fascinating melodies were Strauss, father and son, Legar, Waldteifel and other great composers including: Schubert, Chopin, Berlios, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Weber, Ravel.