Rise and Fall in Waltz

By yeuca

One two three, one two three… Do you feel you are gliding across the dance floor as long as you chant that magical “one two three?” Rise and fall is one of the most well known characteristics in Waltzes, and it is true that the rise and fall underscores the flow of the movements and the beauty of the Waltz. Take a look at yourself dancing in a mirror. Is your head going up and down like an electrocardiogram, depicting wavy motions? If that’s what you are seeing, you are marching the Waltz, not dancing the Waltz. What you are creating is “vertical extension,” placing your weight on the ball of your foot, and then lowering yourself. Believe it or not, the motion itself does not generate flawless “rise and fall.” The rise and fall in this case results in a thin vertical line. What I mean is that it is just an extension of your height. You’ve got to create a horizontal line and volume whenever a vertical rise and fall is produced. With these two elements together, your rise and fall should come from the movements of your whole body. The best of all, your magical “one, two, three” is out of the Genie’s lamp and ready to grant you your wish, dancing the Waltz but not marching the Waltz.

Categories : Ballroom Dance


  1. yeuca says:

    Hi Jenni,

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