The Viennese Waltz brings to mind chandeliers and flowing gowns, dancing to the lilting sounds of Strauss Waltzes.
The Waltz developed in Central Europe from the Austrian dance known as the Landler. The fast twirling of partners held as if in an embrace shocked polite society. The music of Johann Strauss and the famous ballrooms of Vienna popularised the faster version known as the Viennese Waltz.
Viennese Waltz is basically Waltz music played at a much quicker tempo. While slow Waltz is played at 28 - 36 measures per minute (MPM), Viennese Waltz is played at 50 - 60 MPM. It is usually played in 3/4 time, but some Viennese Waltz's are written in 6/8 time.
Sweeping turns that gracefully move around the floor characterise this dance. The Viennese Waltz is known for its rotational movement, which is simple and elegant.