The Viennese Waltz is a classic dance, with couples rotating around each other as they glide around the ballroom floor. It was first danced by European royalty and is the only dance of that time which is still performed.

The Viennese Waltz is a progressive and turning dance with some figures that are danced in place. It is danced in a fast ¾ tempo fast so the dancers must have a lot of energy and control.  Rise and fall is used in the dance but unlike other smooth dances, it does not create a change in height.  Rise and fall in Viennese Waltz is created through the knees and body, allowing for a level progression around the dance floor.

The Viennese Waltz is both a competitive and a social dance. The International Style Viennese Waltz is danced in a closed dance position with a limited number of allowable figures.  The American Style Viennese Waltz is open to greater interpretation both in dance position and movement.