English Waltz is a refined and graceful dance apparently deriving from an early nineteenth century European folk dance. Set to relatively slow music in 3/4 time the Waltz is characterised by a beautiful fall-swing-rise cycle that complements the ebb and flow within each bar.

Waltz is pervaded by turning actions. Basic figures involve considerable amounts of turn. It is difficult to teach well within a six hour course, so we teach a practice Waltz which involves only a modest amount of turn. In longer Beginners' courses we do teach English Waltz rather than the practice Waltz.