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Waltz Dance Classes

The Waltz Dance Style

Easy to learn and master, the Waltz is one of the most popular ballroom dance styles in the world. Known for its gentle grace, it is a favourite among wedding couples, as the romantic floating motion of the dance creates a sense of elegance and peace, symbolic of the future the newlyweds will share.

An easily recognisable dance, the Waltz is a great choice for those wishing to work on their balance, posture and control. At Arthur Murray we have Waltz lessons to suit every skill level from beginners, through to experienced dancers.

History of the Waltz

Although considered one of the most beautiful and tasteful dances today, the Waltz has a surprising history of scandal and controversy.

In the early 1700s the Waltz was danced primarily in rural European peasant communities, particularly in the Bavarian region. As the popularity of the dance spread, those in ‘proper society’ were shocked by the intimate embrace and labelled the dance as immoral simply because the man was required to wrap his arm around his partner’s waist.

Eventually the Waltz made its way into the ballrooms and dance halls of German high society, though as late as 1825, it was still officially described as “riotous and indecent”.

Waltz Music

The romantic and graceful music that accompanies the Waltz is danced in 3/4 time with an emphasis on the first beat of every measure. Waltz music has a slow tempo, usually between 84-90 BPM (Beats per Minute). Here are our Top Ten favorite songs to Waltz to:

  1. Tales from the Vienna Woods – Johann Strauss
  2. Can you feel the love tonight – Elton John
  3. Moon River – Henry Mancini & His Orchestra
  4. Could I Have This Dance – Anne Murray
  5. By Your Side – Sade
  6. Around the World – Nat King Cole
  7. Crazy Love – Van Morrison
  8. When a Man Loves a Woman – Percy Sledge
  9. What a Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
  10. The Sleeping Beauty OP. 66 (Ballet) – Tchaikovsky

How to get Started Learning the Waltz

Graceful and elegant, the Waltz is a simple dance for beginners to learn, and is a timeless classic that never goes out of style. At Arthur Murray we offer a range of options for people interested in learning more about this simple and romantic dance style.

Whether you’re a couple or single, an absolute beginner or an advanced dancer, we can create a lesson plan that suits your circumstances.

With Arthur Murray, learning the Waltz is more about dance. You’ll build a healthy lifestyle and meet new friends in our group classes. There’s no need to make a commitment when you book a free lesson with your nearest Sydney studio today.

Waltz Dance Classes in Sydney


Come and learn one of the most popular dances in the world. Our passionate and talented instructors have been teaching the Waltz in our studios across Sydney for over 50 years, and it’s always a hit. Whether you’re a ballroom beginner or a blushing bride-to-be, we can help you master this timeless and classic dance in a relaxed, friendly and fun environment.

Contact us today to redeem your complimentary lesson:

Hours of Operation

Sydney CBD
Monday to Friday – 12:45pm – 10:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson in Sydney CBD: 02 8320 4030

Crows Nest
Monday to Friday – 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday – 10:00am – 2:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson in Crows Nest: 02 8320 4033

Bondi Junction
Monday to Friday – 2:00pm – 10:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson at Bondi Junction: 02 8320 4036

Monday to Friday – 1:30pm – 10:00pm
Saturday – 9:00am – 2:00pm
Book a Ballroom Lesson at Parramatta: (02) 02 8320 4039