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Updated 07/11/2016


Tir Nam Beann
(Land of the Hills)


The waltz (from German: "Walzer") is a smooth, progressive ballroom and folk dance, normally in triple time.  There are several references to a sliding or gliding dance—a waltz—from the 16th century.  The peasants of Bavaria, Tyrol, and Styria began dancing a dance called Walzer, a dance for couples, around 1750. The Ländler, also known as the Schleifer, a country dance in 3/4 time, was popular in Bohemia, Austria, and Bavaria, and spread from the countryside to the suburbs of the city.

In the 19th and early 20th century, numerous different waltz forms existed, including versions performed in 3/4, 3/8 or 6/8 (sauteuse), and 5/4 time (5/4 waltz, half and half).