“Outrageous!” “Scandalous!” This was the upper class reaction when the waltz, a “peasants' dance”, was first was first introduced to early 19th century ballrooms. Prior to the waltz, people did not touch while dancing, but danced around each other. By 1914, the waltz was a staple in American and European ballrooms. Considered modest by today’s standards, the waltz is now a staple of ball room dancing throughout the world.
Glide across the floor with us as we learn some of the popular waltzes of the early 19th century.
*No partner or previous dancing experience necessary to register. Sessions are suggested for ages 12 through adult.
Appropriate Attire: Clothing that is comfortable to move in and dance shoes if you have them. If not, non-rubber soled shoes. No sandals.
Following this session, consider attending All is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914 on December 15
About the Instructor
Tracy Martin began dancing when she was in high school and then furthered her study of dance in college as a member of the IUPUI Moving Company. She turned to ballroom dancing about sixteen years ago after being introduced to Salsa by some friends. She has studied ballroom dancing with several nationally recognized dance instructors, has competed nationally and continues to train as a dancer about 4-5 hours per week. Having fallen in love with partner dancing, she began teaching dance ten years ago as a way of sharing her passion for ballroom technique. Tracy believes you can never get bored studying dance because there are so many styles to master. She currently manages Carmel Ballroom Dance Studio, the largest dance facility on the North side.