Like traditional ballroom Waltz, Country Waltz starts with a box-like step and is danced with three steps in four beats of music. Denim and boots are the attire of choice, not tuxedos and chiffon. But the boot-scootin’ crowds can look every bit as smooth as they cruise and twirl around the dance floor.
Traditional waltz dancers make their way around the floor, but with a halting progression, like underwater sea fans in a pulsing, wave-like ebb and flow.
Country Waltzers, by contrast, are in a constant state of forward motion, with half-box steps, forward steps, and twirls. There’s less swooping, less rise and fall, and more forward lean as they follow the counter-clockwise line of dance.
As with Country Two-Step, the line-of-dance flow is so smooth and consistent, it’s as if everyone is on one big ride. It doesn’t take long to earn your ticket.
Many, but not all, of the songs perfect for County Waltz dancing have a Country Western flavor. They include
Allegheny Moon by Anne Murray
Country Waltz – The Straight Story by Angelo Badalamenti
Country Waltz – Uncle Henry’s Favorites by Marvin Gaster
Country Waltz by Bill Monroe and Claude V. Breeland
Half The Man by Clint Black
Heart by Reba McEntire
I See It Now by Tracy Lawrence
I’d Rather Miss You by Little Texas
Lady Lay Down by John Conlee
Mama Needs Someone To Hold Her by Larry Stewart
Old Fashioned Broken Heart by Lisa Stewart
She Waits by Kenny Rogers
Slow Movin’ Storm by Roger Ballard
Someone Is Standing Outside by Patti Austin
Someone To Call Me Darling by Lorrie Morgan
Strawberry Wine by Deana Carter
Tennessee Waltz by Emmylou Harris
Today by The New Christy Minstrels
Warning Labels by Doug Stone
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