The waltz is a classic ballroom dance, which originally shocked many due to the close hold of the partners. It became popular in Vienna in the 1780s, from where it soon spread across Europe.
The waltz is in 3:4 time: the first step is onto the heel and the next two are up on the balls of the feet. It should be danced with a smooth rise and fall, an elegant posture and feel flowing and lyrical. In ballroom, the waltz includes natural and reverse turns as the couples move around the room.
Watch Matt and Flavia’s waltz to Mariah Cary’s ‘Open Arms’, which scored a perfect 40 in Strictly series five.