When Waltz was introduced into the United States in the mid-1800's, the standard tempo was still very fast and quite demanding to the average dancer, and before long, composers were writing music which was much slower. From this music evolved new styles of including what we now know as American or Slow Waltz.
Waltz is a smooth progressive dance characterized by long, flowing movements, continuous turns, and rise & fall. It takes a bit more effort to learn at first compare to other dances, but the patience really pays off. At first you have to learn to navigate through the dance floor without bumping into other dancers. After you get past the basics of the movements; the patterns becomes easier to grasp and you will be gliding smoothly through the dance floor in no time.
We feature this style in our "Last Wednesday Workshop" series.