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Waltz Online Course

Introducing Waltz rhythm 

In Round Dancing, Waltz is denoted using 3/4 timing, using a count of 1, 2, 3;  usually with three steps to a measure.  You can think of these as Drive, Side & Rise, Close & Lower;  Major characteristics of Waltz are the rhythmic rise and fall with the low point being through count 1, commence rise at the end of 1, continue rise through count 2, continue rise to the highest point on count 3, lower at the end of count 3.  Forward steps are usually taken with a heel lead, rising onto the ball of the foot at the end of the step.  Side steps are generally taken onto the ball of the foot and the Closing steps are taken onto the ball of the foot, lowering onto the heel and slightly softening the knees. 


The figures given here are not a full list of Waltz figures, but will be enough to introduce you to the rhythm and its characteristics, together with commonly used dance positions, techniques and families of figures.  You will find written descriptions of figures, “Walk & Talk” descriptions plus videoclips and practice modules, which you can use as you wish – everyone learns in a different way.  Take time at the beginning to master the basic steps, as later figures will build upon those learned at the start.  We suggest you revise previously learned figures before moving on.  If you have any questions or find you have problems with any figure (either physical or understanding) just e-mail and we will try to help. 


If you have Round Danced before, either in class or a workshop, you may find some of the figures are not quite as you remember them:  from time to time Roundalab slightly change the definitions for consistency.  Also no two Cuers will explain things in quite the same way, or teach in the same order but we all work to the RAL definitions.  This is the sequence we have used most recently – bear in mind we usually only teach one or two new figures per class with plenty of revision and time for practice.  Take it at your own speed and enjoy the journey. 


Waltz Online Course 

We've broken our Waltz course into 5 easy to follow sections featuring explanations of the figures, talk throughs, practice activities and videos. These are available on DVD upon request for a nominal charge; if you would like to request one, head over to our Contact Form or email We advise you read through the Warm Up & Cool Down and Dance Positions & Directions pages before starting.

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