How To Dance the Waltz

The waltz is a simple, elegant ballroom dance that is often done with a partner.The box step is a series of 6 movements that form the shape of a box.If you want to learn the basic movements of the dance, begin by learning the lead or follow steps.You can put the steps you learned individually into practice if you do the waltz with a partner.You can enroll in dance classes and watch videos of other dancers to learn how to take it to the next level.

Step 1: Face the other side of the room.

Stand with your feet hip distance apart and relax your arms at your sides.

Step 2: Your left foot should move forward.

To give the step a light feel, land softly.Step on the ball of your foot as you bend your left leg.

Step 3: If you want to parallel your left foot, move your right foot forward.

Your feet should be side by side.

Step 4: If you want to meet your right foot, move your left foot.

Side by side, your feet should be touching.

Step 5: Stand with your right foot.

Keeping your upper body straight and relaxed, bend your right leg slightly as you step back.

Step 6: Make your left foot parallel to your right foot by moving it back.

It’s a good idea to make sure your feet are side by side.

Step 7: Next to your left foot is your right foot.

The box step is the basic step of the waltz.You will perform the steps in sequence and draw small boxes with your feet.

Step 8: Start facing the other side of the room.

Keeping your arms relaxed, place your feet hip distance apart.

Step 9: Stand with your right foot.

As you step, bend your right leg to the ball of your foot.Relax and keep your upper body straight.

Step 10: If your feet are parallel, place your left foot back.

If you have a 1 foot distance between your feet, they are facing the same direction.

Step 11: Next to your left foot, move your right foot.

Side by side, your feet should be touching.

Step 12: You should move your left foot forward.

If you want to land softly on the ball of your foot, you have to bend your left knee slightly.

Step 13: To parallel your left foot, move your right foot forward.

Your feet should be side by side.

Step 14: Place your left foot next to your right.

The last step in the box step is forming a box shape with your partner.

Step 15: Stand facing away from your partner.

The lead should be facing forward.The follow should be in the opposite direction of the lead.

Step 16: If you are the leader, place your right hand on the left shoulder blade.

Keeping your elbow up at shoulder height, Wrap your left hand around the follow’s right hand.

Step 17: If you are the follow, put your left hand on the lead’s shoulder.

The lead’s left hand should be wrapped around your right hand.Make sure your elbow is straight.

Step 18: If you are the leader, move forward with your left foot.

As the leader, you will always guide your partner.To lead your partner, place your right foot next to your left foot and use the lead’s steps.If you want to land softly on the ball of your foot, you need to move with your knees slightly bent.As you move from side to side, try to keep your feet low.

Step 19: If you are the follow, move backward with your right foot.

Allow the lead to lead you.Next to your right foot, place your left foot next to the follow’s steps.Land softly on the ball of your foot.When performing steps side to side, move with your feet low to the ground.

Step 20: The music should be performed to a 3-count tempo.

The lead steps forward and the follow steps backward.The following steps should be counted as the lead steps to the side.As the lead and follow bring their feet together, count 3.The pace should be slow, with a rise at each count and a fall between counts.When you have a smooth, confident tempo, repeat the steps several times.You can play the music with a 3-count tempo.Make sure the music is not too fast or slow, as this can throw off your steps.

Step 21: Take a circle with you.

The circular motion can be made using a turn of 14 to 34.To move in a circle, you and your partner have to complete the first two steps.The lead will place their left foot at a slight turn on the third step and the follow will put their right foot in the same direction.This will allow you to turn slightly.The lead’s left is where the circular motion will always be.As you complete the steps, you should move to the left with your partner.

Step 22: You can add a basic turn to your dance.

The lead should be facing to a wall in the room while the follow is facing the opposite direction.The follow will step backward on their left foot when the lead steps forward.The left foot will be placed parallel to the right foot by the lead.The follow will place their right foot parallel to their left as they turn.The follow will bring their left foot beside their right one to end the step.When performing a turn, follow a pattern.If you are the lead or the follow, make sure you open your body to the side when you do the quarter turn.When you perform the turn, keep your arms and elbows up and land softly on the ball of your foot.

Step 23: Do a turn.

The box step is used to dance with your partner.The lead will release the follow by dropping their right arm.The lead will spin the follow in a clockwise direction after raising their left hand.As the follow spins on the counts, the lead should continue to do the box step.In the turn on counts 4, 5, and 6 the follow should move forward.The lead and the follow will meet at the beginning of count 6.Make sure the lead doesn’t get in the way of the follow by taking shorter steps.The follow should move forward in a smooth, fluid turn, using a pattern of toe, foot and heel to put weight on their heels for count 4 and 5 and 6.