Terry DeanTerry is the owner and principal male dance instructor of Terry Dean’s Dance Studio, in Charlottesville, Virginia. He has been teaching ballroom dancing for 30 years and opened his own successful studio following a 19 year career with Arthur Murray Dance Studios. Terry has received accolades for his choreography and has been honored as Virginia State’s Top Studio and Top Teacher twice. He and his staff teach students of all levels, whether they are interested in social dancing, exhibition dancing, or competitive ballroom dance sport. He has led many of his students to win top level gold medal competitions, and he is pleased to share his expertise with you today.
Terry Dean: Hello! My name is Terry Dean from Terry Deans Dance Studio. So, glad you can join us.
Today, we are going to be teaching you the waltz. The waltz is the most beautiful of all dances. I have been lucky to be teaching ballroom dance for 30 years. I have taught hundreds of people how to dance the waltz. The pleasure that they have gained as hundreds and thousands of hours of beautiful ballroom dancing and I think you will enjoy it as well.
Main thing to remember is, in the waltz you have to dress elegantly. The waltz is an elegant beautiful dance. So, the costuming and the way you hold yourself and posture is most important.
Remember, dancing is mainly physical, so you always have to be prepared by stretching your body, training your body; so that your body is able to do all of the different ballroom dancing moves that you are going to be learning. They are all pretty simple, but you do need to train your body.
The first thing that we are going to do is we are going to train you with the basic components of waltz. So, let us begin with the basic components of waltz.