Well, wonder no more! Waltz 101 is the perfect starting point for a dance that often coincides with fairy tales and princesses. With this DVD, you’ll soon get the feeling you’re gliding with grace and elegance as the waltz carries you around the floor. Don’t worry guys, it’s not just for the ladies – you’ll learn how to look like you’re in complete control on the floor and you’ll get some tricks on how to make the ladies look good too! To make this one even easier for you, this video can be done with or without a partner and it’s truly set at a pace for people who’ve never danced before.
Waltz 101 will have you moving with grace anywhere and everywhere you can waltz, whether it’s a country dance floor, elegant ballroom, prom, or formal wedding reception. Waltz 101 is designed as an entry point for absolute beginners, or as a refresher course for students who wish to “brush up” or add the waltz to their collection of dances. This DVD is at a nice easy pace, it’s easy-to-understand, it shows everything step-by-step, and is full of danceable music throughout!
Waltz 101 starts with you seeing & experiencing the Waltz to get a good feel for how it’s danced. From there, the Waltz is broken down into simple, yet manageable lessons that make the instruction easy to follow along with. You’ll soon be dancing the Waltz by working through several rhythm & timing drills both in place & around your practice area to ensure you understand and feel it the way you should. Next, you’ll get ‘hands-on’ as you work your way through the specific Waltz connection points & style tips that help make you look the part! It’s easy to overlook a lot of the detail, so pay attention to the “little things” as you go (i.e., posture, timing, hand positions, flexed knees, rise and fall, where to look, etc.). When you’re ready, you’ll learn & test your skills with several fun moves like the box step, natural turns & right turns you can use with anyone & take to the floor immediately. Plus, you’ll have a full soundtrack of elegant Waltz music playing through the entire lesson that doubles as a practice tool each time you use the DVD afterwards – just turn it on and practice until you’re ready to go out.
“Fun and Friendly! Perfect for all the right reasons! Whether you only have a few minutes a day to learn and polish for a specific event, or you want to invest significant time to build a great base for regular, ongoing dance sessions…Waltz 101 is PERFECT. No matter what your style or reason, Waltz 101 is perfect for Country or Ballroom, formal social events, “date nights” out, or intimate evenings at home…. Waltz 101 gradually builds you up AT YOUR PACE from the basics to many of the finer points of posture, position, timing, leading, following, etc., without overwhelming… I can not recommend this disk enough! I also highly recommend the 2 hour Dance 101 DVD, which shows the basics and beyond of 8 popular dances….learn these and you’ve got the basics to do it all! Country, Club, AND Country Club!”
“Wow, Shawn, this is huge! I took some Waltz lessons in High School for drama and this would have made all the difference in the world. You cover everything! I can’t tell you how many of the things I did wrong that are easy fixes. My girlfriend and I breezed through the first 3 sections and did really well with them. Just getting the right look is huge and we feel like we truly look like we know what we’re doing. When we got to the lead & follow section our progress slowed and we don’t have it all yet, but we’re close. Lots to play with though! Definitely give you 5 stars on this one for how easy it is to follow along with and for your new format – we love that you have music playing the entire time.”
“Yes! Thanks to the Trautmans we can now add another dance step to our growing collection as we climb up the beginning dancers’ learning curve. Waltz 101 is our fifth Trautman DVD and it is every bit as good as the other four we’ve used. I especially like the organization of instruction(intro/rhythm-timing/connection-style/lead-follow/review)that they have employed across all their 101 DVDs. It makes for a very clear and easy progression to learn the dance step, and it has proven very useful for easy returns to specific sections of the dvd for repeated study. Their combined instructional comments are extremely helpful for both partners and are well balanced for both the leader and follower. I enjoy the tasteful decor of their dance studio, the excellent video quality, the nice balance of music audio with their voice instruction, and the excellent camera tracking of their moves with respect to what is being taught at the moment. View it on a large screen tv and you will almost feel like you are right there with them. The only criticism I can offer is that the Waltz 101 Dvd may not seem as much “fun” as their Swing 101 DVD that we are concurrently studying. But, I think that just comes with the differences in the rhythms and tempos of the two dances. In contrast, if you are more in the mood to learn how to flow gracefully and elegantly to a dreamy, romantic waltz, rather than to learn the fast footwork and turns of the Swing – then the Trautman’s Waltz 101 DVD will definitely fill the bill. They do their typical great job of teaching all the basics “plus” some extra challenges to get beginners confidently out on the dance floor to have both a “fun and romantic” time dancing.”
“Shawn & Joanna Trautman’s Waltz 101 dance lesson video is perfect for beginners and also for anyone who just wants a review of these dance steps. I especially like the way these instructors actually show you and your partner in close-up view exactly where to position your feet and hands during each step of the waltz. I realized while taking this lesson how important these tips are for the overall gracefulness that you see when you watch people do this dance. The way this waltz lesson is presented makes you feel very confident during the learning process. I truly appreciate this encouragement as a beginner!”