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Have you always wanted to dance Waltz, but have been hesitant to try? In this guide learn how to dance the American Waltz change step.

This step is great for new dance just learning how to move around the dance floor. 

How to Dance the Waltz Change Step

Waltz Timing

Waltz is a slower tempo dance. The timing for Waltz is 3/4 and is counted 1, 2, 3.

A change step only takes one measure and is counted 1, 2, 3. If you want to get back to where the left foot is leading then you will need to complete another change step. 

Footwork

Leader’s Footwork:

  • Forward Change step Left foot lead: Left foot foward, Right foot to the side and then close the left foot to the right foot and change weight.
  • Forward Change step Right foot lead: Right foot forward, Left foot to the side and then close the right foot to the left and change weight.

Follower’s Footwork:

  • Backwards Change step with Right foot lead: Right foot back, Left foot to the side and then close the right foot to the left and change weight.
  • Backwards Change step with Left foot lead: Left foot backwards, Right foot to the side and then close the left foot to the right foot and change weight.

Check out the video below to learn how to dance the change step in waltz.

What to learn more American Waltz steps?

See Full Step List
  • Waltz box
  • Box with Underarm Turn to Right
  • Change Step
  • Right Box Turn
  • Front to Front and Back to Back side changes
  • Balance Steps
  • Hesitation Step with Turn
  • 5th Position Breaks
  • Open Break with Underarm Turn
  • Cross Body Lead
  • Turning Rock
  • Closed Twinkle
  • Twinkle with Promenade Chasse
  • Reverse Turn
  • Natural Turn
  • Natural Spin Turn
  • Grapevine

What is the best music to dance Waltz to?

Waltz music is generally slower then the faster tempos of rhythm dances.

Check out this spotify playlist for some Waltz music ideas.

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