How to Dance the Waltz
Knowing how to dance the waltz can earn you incredible man points when sweeping a girl off of her feet or when treating older relatives to a treasured day out.
1- Understand the dance. The waltz is danced to a triple beat. Listen to the music and count 1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3,1,2,3 etc etc. Get used to how the music sways to that 3 beat.
2- Get into position by facing your partner and place your right hand on your partner’s waist slightly around the back and extend your left hand to your side. Bend your arm at the elbow and have your palm facing slightly upwards, gripping your partners hand in a With that hand, hold your partner’s right hand loosely. She should have her left hand on your right shoulder, with her elbow bent. She should mirror your movements.
3- First beat, step forward gracefully with your left foot. Your partner should follow your lead by doing the opposite of what you do on each beat i.e. step back with her right foot.
4- Second beat, step forward and then to the right with your right foot without it touching the floor, effectively tracing an upside-down capital L with your foot. Again, she should mirror stepping back and left with her left foot. Put your weight on your right foot, keeping your left foot stationary.
5- Third beat, slide your left foot over to your right and stand with your feet together.
6- Fourth beat (second 1st beat), step back with your right foot (your partner should step forward with their left foot).
7- Fifth beat (second 2nd beat), step back and to the left with your left foot, this time tracing a backward L, again your partner should do the opposite. Put your weight on your left foot.
8- Final beat, slide your right foot toward your left until your feet are together; now you’re ready to start again with your left foot.
9- You should repeat steps 3 to 8, turning you and your partner slowly to the left (anti-clockwise) by slightly varying the placement of your feet.
Be patient and take your time; it takes a while to get used to the 3 beat.