International Standard Waltz has only closed figures; that is, the couple never breaks the embrace, unlike its American Style counterpart.
It is a progressive dance, danced to slow music, preferably 28-30 bars per minute (84-90 beats per minute)
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Waltz is one of the five dances in the Standard (or Modern) category of the International Style Ballroom dances.
Waltz is usually the first dance in the DanceSport competitions in the “Standard” category.
It originated from the dances of several different people in Europe but its main predecessors were the “Matenick” and a variation called the “Furiant” that were performed during rural festivals in the Czech Republic.