Learn to Dance Rotary Waltz Online

Rotary Waltz is a classic partner dance that has been danced continuously for over 200 years. Its fairytale associations make it a popular choice for a first dance at a wedding.

In this comprehensive online course, you will learn the original, right-turning waltz as well as the newer left-turning version and scores of variations ranging from lively footworks to modern classics.

What You Will Learn

    1. Welcome to Rotary Waltz!

    1. How We Teach

    2. Lead and Follow

    3. Dance Positions

    1. Music

    2. Line of Dance

    3. The Spiral Staircase

    4. Footwork

    5. Dizziness

    6. Partnerwork

    7. Frame

    8. Barrel Hold

    9. Helping Your Partner

    10. Dead-Weight Waltzing

    11. Navigation

    12. Rocks in the Rapids

    13. Music Revisited

    14. Waltzing Faster

    15. Practice with Music

    16. Wedding Cake

    17. The Pivot Waltz

    18. The Waltz Chassé

    19. Sways

    20. Varsovienne

    21. Skaters' Wheel

    22. Underarm Turn to Genuflection Ending

    23. Outside Turn on 4

    24. Free Spin on 4

    25. Shoulder Slide

    26. Shoulder Slide to Outside Turn

    27. Short Cradle Wrap

    28. Creative Variations in Rotary Waltz

    29. Reverse Waltz

    30. Reverse Waltz Around the Room

    31. Transition to Reverse Waltz

    32. Transition from Reverse Waltz

    33. Different Starting Orientations for Waltz and Reverse Waltz

    34. Leap Waltz

    35. Redowa

    36. Transitions to and from Redowa

    37. The Mazurka Step

    38. Polka Mazurka

    39. Transitions Between Rotary Waltz and Polka Mazurka

About this course

  • $99.00
  • 43 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 the basics and many popular variations of Rotary Waltz. Whether you choose to learn to lead or follow, after taking this course, you'll have a good understanding of how to dance Rotary Waltz.

  • Why should I learn Rotary 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 Rotary Waltz from you?

    Unlike many other sites that offer online classes, where you might only get a quick demonstration of the steps, in the hours of 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.