When I mention the Hearth’s monthly Waltzday event to people who’ve never waltzed before, they tend to imagine one of three options:
1.) Ballerinas in the Nutcracker:
2.) Dreamy princesses like Cinderella:
3.) Or the old school flirting of movies like Anna Karenina:
While all of these are true, they’re a small cross section of waltz music. Even if you’re staying in the classical era, there’s a lot more to it than the Nutcrakcer. Prokofiev, a Soviet composer, pianist and conductor, was one of the major composer of the 20th century:
After almost a year and a half of waltzing with The Hearth Community, every time I hear a song in 3/4 I immediately find myself starting to move to it. While many of our dances have come from the folk tradition, one of the greatest pleasures has been discovering how often this 3/4 beat is used in different genres.
So far at Waltzdays, we’ve had folk, classical, jazz, blues, and contemporary music. This month, we’re eager to throw in yet another twist: A Country Waltz with Hannah Baker Rose. Though she’ll be the first to throw some country onto our dance floor, and she’s far from the first to combine the genres:
Then in July, Amy Kucharik will be playing a night of live blues music with a waltz beat, something we’ve actually all heard before even if we haven’t realized it:
From classic folkies:
To the muppets:
To contemporary indie musicians:
After hundreds of years in the musical canon, the triple beat has worked it’s way into just about every genre. And if it’s there, we’re going to dance to it.
Try your feet at the waltz, in all it’s different versions, at Waltzdays every fourth Sunday from 7:00-10:30 pm.
Haven’t heard enough waltzes yet? We found even more for you! Listen through and find the one that best fits your tapping toes and then let us know: