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The Valse

                The German Valse was just another way of saying Waltz. Germany pronounced 'W" as a "V". The La Valse à deux temps made its first appearance at the Court of Vienna, and was-danced in Paris at the Opera halls. La Valse à deux temps was introduced at the soirées in Berlin, St. Petersburg, and London in 1813. This Waltz became more popular than all the others at the time and it became very popular about the 1850s.

    In the carnival of 1832 it was danced by the corps de ballet, when it met with a very indifferent reception. Six months after this, at Baden-Baden, (Germany) it was danced by all the fashionable company there assembled, and was very favorably received. At the close of the season, when the members of the assemblies, which consisted of the élite's of Europe, returned to their respective capitals, The step of the La Valse à deux temps (three steps, not two) was the same as that of the Gallop of the time, the difference only being in the accentuation, as it is danced to waltz music. The English Valse is said to be done extremely smooth.

     The Hungarian Valse, The national dance was the Valse of the Hungarians performed on festive occasions with equal zest by the magnates and the peasants. It is characterized by simplicity and elegance, and has always been received with pleasure when presented in ballets. Gioacchino Rossini (1792-1868) caused its introduction based on the play by Schillerin, in his opera of "Guillaume Tell" (William Tell) in 1829, Paris.

    Valse L' Americaine was first composed in 1866 by the Societe' Academique des Profeseurs de danse de Paris. (Probably was the Boston, which was introduced in 1834 in the USA.)

    Redowa Valse: Done in 3/4 time was introduced to Paris in 1884. It originated out of the Redowak Redowa) from Bohemia.
Polka Valse: , was done in 2/4 time.

    Cartier Says:
"The Hesitation Valse is a variety of the true Valse that can very easily be performed once the Valse is known. Defined in a nutshell, the "Hesitation" is a halt on one foot (with the other foot suspended in the air) during the whole "1-2.3" of the beat of the music, or during the "2.3" only of every alternate "1-2.3." The ways of performing the "hesitation" are many and varied, and no way can be said to be more orthodox or correct than any other."

    L. D. G. Brookes writes in his book ...
"We find in Chapman's "Alphonsus , Emperor of Germany," the following lines: "We Germans have no changes in our dances, an Almain and an upspring, that is all." The upspring was the origin of the modern Valse, which was for a long time put down by Papal power. Although long danced in Bavaria, under the name of "Landler ," or "Hospur ," it did not become fashionable until 1787, when Vincent Martin' s opera, "The Cosarara ," drove from the Viennese stage Mozart's "Figaro." Four characters in this opera, dressed in black and pink, danced the first Valse, or "Langaus," as it was then called, on the stage thence it migrated to the ballrooms, and ere long all Germany went wild about the Valse. Weber, then in his prime, wrote his "Invitation to the Dance," and in a short time the whole fashionable society of Germany was spinning around like testotums. Presently the waltz made its way to England, and Lord Byron tried to write it out of favor, in which he did not succeed. The German Valse was much improved when the elder Strauss took it under his protection, and wrote the most danceable tunes for it".

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Germany 1800s n/a Ballroom

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E. Reillys - (1866-Paris) Maryinsky Theatre n/a

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1900 - Valse directoire   Chopiniana (1892)
1931 - la Chienne n/a Méditation
1935 - Valse Royale       Mephisto Valse (1934)
1936 - Valse brillante de Chopin       Peer Gynt
1943 - La Valse Blanche        
1948 - Valse Brilliante        
$ 1950 - La Valse De Paris      


1951 - La Valse       12/15/1904 - Feminia Magazine
1959 - Valse du gorille, La       11/1960 Dance Magazine (1912 Jardin de Danse)
1963 - Valse noot, De      
1974 - Valse à trois        
1979 - Valse Triste            
1987 - la Valse des médias            
1994 - la Valse de l'étoile filante            

Other Related Dances of the time...

Boston (American) Landler Polka Valse Caprice
Castle Walk Lase A' Deaux Temps Quadrille Volta
Cotillion Mazurka Quickstep Waltz
Contra Dances Minuet Redowa Walzen
Fox Trot One Step Schottische Walzer
Galop Pavane Staircase Valse  
Hospur Polonaise Two Step Waltz Timeline

Dancers, Choreographers etc.


Bonnie Bird Maurice Mouvet n/a
Florence Walton Vern & Irene Castle  
Fokine Walter Gore (1930s)  

Books, Magazine Articles on the dance...

Title Author Date Published Publisher
Coulon's Handbook Coulon, Eugene 1860 A. Hammonds
Brooke's on Modern Dancing Brookes, De Garmo Laurence 1867 De Garmo
Handbook of Ballroom Dancing Cartier, P. 1888 DeWitt



Poets / Writers

Belmonte, Sylvestor Camille Claudel (La Valse) n/a
Carton, Philippe        
Molassco, G.        
Ravel, Maurice (1875-1937)        
Rico, Joeseph        
Rossini, Gioacchino (1792-1868)        
Strauss, Johann II (1825-1899)        
Tyers, W.H.        
Zulueta, Pedro De        

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Salon Dances     -

the Basic Step to: "The Valse à deux temps" (excerpted from Coulon's Handbook in 1873):

"occupies three STEPS like the BASIC waltz; only they are otherwise divided. 1) The first consists of a sliding step,
2) the second is marked by a chassé which always includes two intervals in one. (A chassé is performed by bringing one foot near the other, which is then moved forward, backward, right, left, or round.) The gentleman begins by sliding to the left with his left foot, then performing a chassé towards the left with his right foot without turning at all during these two first times. He then slides his right foot backwards, turning half round; after which he places his left foot behind to make a little chassé forward, turning them round for the second interval.
3) He should finish with his right foot a little forward, and begin again with his left.

The lady waltzes after the same manner with this exception, that the first time she slides to the right with her right foot, and makes the chassé also on the right. She then continues the same as the gentleman, but à Contre pied, that is, she slides with her right foot backwards, when the gentleman slides with his left foot to the left; and when the gentleman slides with his right foot backwards, she slides with her left foot to the left. One of the first principles of this waltz is never to jump, but only to slide. The knees must be kept slightly bent and the steps must be made rather wide." End.

October 20, 2012