Learn to Dance to Fast Waltz Music Online

Hesitation Waltz is a way of dancing to fast waltz music that doesn't involve spinning 'til you drop. Instead, you step on only some of the beats, mixing slow and fast steps to make the tempo more manageable.

In this comprehensive online course, you will learn how to adapt the dances you already know in order to comfortably dance to fast waltz music, a surprisingly common form of music in today's world (think Taylor Swift's "Lover" or Ed Sheeran's "Perfect").

Given that this course is based on "the dances you already know," it's a great add-on to the other courses on this site, but it isn't meant to be a standalone course for someone new to dancing.

What You Will Learn

    1. Welcome to Hesitation Waltz!

    1. How We Teach

    2. Lead and Follow

    3. Dance Positions

    1. Music

    2. Cross-Step Waltz

    3. Tango

    4. Nightclub

    5. Bachata

    6. Salsa

    7. East Coast Swing

    8. Fox Trot

    9. West Coast Swing

    10. Fusion

    11. Rotary Waltz

About this course

  • $29.00
  • 15 lessons


Here's a preview of some of the music this course will teach you to dance to:

Your Instructors

Nick & Melissa Enge

Nick & Melissa Enge are social dance instructors at the University of Texas, where they teach hundreds of students how to dance every semester. They are known for their relaxed, fun-loving approach to dancing, which puts even the most terrified students at ease. Given that their in-person classes are always full, with a waitlist, they created this site so that anyone, anywhere can learn from them at any time, and experience the joy of dancing!

Misty Enge

Misty, Nick and Melissa's Siberian Forest Cat, is named after the early 20th century dancer Mistinguette, inventor of the Apache dance. Whenever she graces a lesson with her presence, she is always sure to steal the show.


  • What will I learn in this course?

    In this course, you'll learn how to adapt the dances you already know to fast waltz music. Whether you choose to learn to lead or follow, after taking this course, you'll have a good understanding of how to dance to fast waltz music.

  • Why should I learn Hesitation Waltz online?

    In our online classes, everyone gets the best view, instead of having to crane their neck to see what the teacher is doing. In addition, when learning online, you can watch the lessons over and over again (now, and any time in the future), as well as rewinding or slowing down the video if you need more help with a particular step.

  • Why should I learn Hesitation Waltz from you?

    Unlike many other sites that offer online classes, where you might only get a quick demonstration of the steps, in the detailed instruction you will receive in this course, you'll actually get a step-by-step breakdown of each variation as well as many specific tips about the finer points of leading and following them. In addition, in developing this course, we thought carefully about how to arrange the variations so that each lesson builds on what you've learned in the previous lessons, so you'll always know exactly what's going on.

  • Do I need a partner?

    No! In addition to teaching the variations in a partnered context for students who are learning with a partner, in each lesson, we virtually dance the steps with you so that even if you're learning solo, you'll have us to dance with.

  • Do I already need to know how to dance?

    While for most of our courses, there are no prerequisites, in order to get the most from this Hesitation Waltz course, we recommend that you know at least some of the other dances that we teach at the University of Dance, since we'll be adapting those dances to new music in this course, rather than teaching them from the ground up.