Footwork Patterns in Dance: The Slow Waltz

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The Slow Waltz is famous for its ‘box step’. Dance partners create a square footwork pattern on the floor, counting ‘1,2,3’- ‘1,2,3’ as they move together, one going forward, one going backwards, to form the box. Once mastered, other graceful moves can be added.

Basic box steps for the man:

  1. Step forward with the left foot
  2. Right foot step sideways to the right
  3. Bring your left foot next to your right foot
  4. Step back with the right foot
  5. Step back sideways with the left foot
  6. Bring your right foot next to your left foot

Box steps for the lady:

  1. Step back with the right foot
  2. Left foot step sideways to the left
  3. Bring your right foot next to your left foot
  4. Step forward with the left foot
  5. Step forward sideways with the right foot
  6. Bring your left foot next to your right foot

At each step the dancers rise on their toes. They balance themselves by throwing body weight from one foot and then on the other. Despite the relatively slow tempo, The Slow Waltz is transformed into a dynamic dance by its turns, its step variations and its elegant poses.

Think Fred and Ginger.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walking_Boston

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waltz_(International_Standard)

http://www.dancing4beginners.com/dance-steps-for-waltz.htm

Photo Source:

https://www.google.ca/images?hl=en-CA&q=waltz+images&gbv=2&sa=X&oi=image_result_group&ei=uB6bU4jwIsmlyASf6ILwCQ&ved=0CBMQsAQ

 

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