The German “Landler”, a folk dance, is supposed to be the forerunner of the Waltz. During the 18th Century, a dance developed, which was called the Walzen, German for to roll, turn or glide. The Walzen was met with outraged indignation by the older generation when first introduced into the ballrooms of the world in the early 19th century because it was the first dance where the couple danced in a modified closed position-with the man’s hand around the waist of the girl.Regardless, the Waltz became popular through many parts of Germany and Austria. The Waltz was given a tremendous boost around 1830 by two great Austrian composers – Franz Lanner and Johann Strauss. They set the standard for the Viennese Waltz.The first time the Waltz was officially danced in the United States was in Boston in 1834 by Lorenzo Papanti. The Boston Waltz, a more sedate form of the fast Viennese Waltz, was danced at a leisurely 90 beats per minute.