The slow English waltz was developed in the early part of the 20th century and is played at a tempo of about 30 bars per minute. The basic figures are based upon a diagonal pattern, producing a smooth, easy progression around the dance floor. The modern waltz was introduced at the first ever World Championships, held in London in 1922. Usually, the waltz is the first dance to be taught to beginners; it is ideally suited for people to gain confidence as it has a simple construction, regular changes of weight and a slow tempo.



  • Back Whisk
  • Chasse from P.P.
  • Hesitation Change
  • L.F. Close Change
  • Natural Spin Turn
  • Natural Turn
  • Outside Change
  • Progressive Chasse to R.
  • Reverse Turn
  • Reverse Corte
  • R.F. Closed Change
  • Weave
  • Whisk


  • Backward Lock Step
  • Cross Hesitation after P.P.
  • Drag Hesitation
  • Double Reverse Spin
  • Forward Lock Step
  • Open Impetus Turn
  • Open Telemark into Cross Hesitation
  • Open Telemark and Wing
  • Outside Spin
  • Telemark
  • Turning Lock
  • Underturned Outside Spin
  • Weave from P.P.
  • Wing following Open Impetus Turn


  • Closed Wing
  • Contra Check
  • Fallaway Whisk
  • Left Whisk