The elegant sweeping movement of this unique 3/4 time dance, Waltz gives dancers a chance to practice balance and to move lightly with ease. One of the oldest dances, the Waltz began in southern Germany in the seventeenth century. The popularity of the Waltz grew with the music of Johann Strauss and eventually blossomed in the 20th century. It is the basis for many dances and is popular worldwide.
Spanish explorers brought flamenco with them to the new world. As it melded with African dances and Central American cultures, it became known as the Tango, with a particularly sensual variant becoming popular in Argentina where it was stylized by the Gauchos.
The Foxtrot, for example came from a popular performer in 1913, Harry Fox. Foxtrot was originally danced to big band music and later became synonymous with rock and roll. In the years that followed, it was split into two forms, namely, the Slow Foxtrot, which is now referred to as Foxtrot, and the Fast Foxtrot which is now called Quickstep.