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- What is the difference between a Waltz and a Foxtrot?
The two dances are very similar and many patterns can be shared across them. Both dances feature rise and fall (the elevating and lowering a dancer feels as he or she moves from a lowered position onto their toes, then relaxes through the knee and ankle, and ends on a flat foot) andbody sway (which give the couples a pendulum-like look as their upper bodies sway in the direction they are moving).
Stylistically, the Waltz has an elegant gracefulness characterized by long, flowing movements and lilting turns with the dancers gliding around the floor almost effortlessly. Maintaining good posture and a strong upper body frame are essential to creating the proper body shape for this dance. The two main styles of waltz are Slow Waltz (84-96 BPM) and Vienesse Waltz which is danced to faster music (150-180BPM)
Slow Waltz is danced in 3/4 time, generally with six-count figures where each step taken on a beat of equal length. It is usually counted as: 1-2-3, 1-2-3. Tip: An easy way for the lead to remember to sustain the second beat is to count it like this: 1-TWOOO-3, 1-TWOOO-3, etc. (Rise on 1, sustain on TWOOO,
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