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Waltz 101


Waltz is one of the most beautiful & romantic dances you'll see on the floor!

Dance Instruction: 1st Time, Beginner
Lesson Style: Ballroom, Country, Wedding
Dance Video Focus: Waltz

MSRP: $39.99
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Product Overview

Everyone wonders what it's like to actually dance the Waltz...


Well, wonder no more! This Waltz Video is the perfect starting point for a dance that often coincides with fairy tales and princesses. With this DVD, you'll soon get the feeling you're gliding with grace and elegance as the waltz carries you around the floor. Don't worry guys, it's not just for the ladies - you'll learn how to look like you're in complete control on the floor and you'll get some tricks on how to make the ladies look good too! To make this one even easier for you, this video can be done with or without a partner and it's truly set at a pace for people who've never danced before.


  • Fast & Easy Waltz Lessons
  • Perfect for Beginners
  • Multiple Camera Angles
  • Elegant Style Tips
  • Great Practice Music
  • Tips for Staying on the Beat
  • Dance along w/ or w/o your partner




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Shawn's Take

"Waltz 101 was a fun project for us to take on. The planning involved reviewing other Waltz DVDs (there are a lot of crappy ones out there), watching YouTube videos (seriously, where do you start and what's good information?), working with a number of instructors on the

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different styles and then grouping it all together to make something simple.

Our result was a classy and elegant look into the Waltz itself with a great structure for learning this dance from the ground up, literally! We addressed the different styles of Waltz including Ballroom, Country, & social Waltz in general. We covered the commonalities between the different styles and gave a lot of great tips for beginners (different ways to hear & count the music, the right look & style, how to dance with grace, etc.)

Anyone who tries this Waltz DVD will be very pleased with their results - you can't help but enjoy this one as it's so practical and a true classic dance that everyone should know!"

Shawn Trautman Instruction Waltz Dance Lessons Videos

Product Details

Every time you step out on the floor and start moving to the graceful flow of music that makes up a waltz, you and your partner can escape the mundane and live the fairy tale for the duration of the dance. The deceptively simple rhythm and steps of the waltz are at your beck and call after a refreshing look at this dance with Shawn and Joanna Trautman. During Waltz 101, you journey through ballroom, country, and social waltz. Along the way, you will gather essential beginner moves, steps, and style points as Shawn and Joanna have you dancing along in minutes.

Waltz 101 will have you moving with grace anywhere and everywhere you can waltz, whether it's a country dance floor, elegant ballroom, prom, or formal wedding reception. This highly acclaimed Waltz video is designed as an entry point for absolute beginners, or as a refresher course for students who wish to "brush up" or add the waltz to their collection of dances. This DVD is at a nice easy pace, it's easy-to-understand, it shows everything step-by-step, and is full of danceable music throughout!

Waltz 101 starts with you seeing & experiencing the Waltz to get a good feel for how it's danced. From there, the Waltz is broken down into simple, yet manageable lessons that make the instruction easy to follow along with. You'll soon be dancing the Waltz by working through several rhythm & timing drills both in place & around your practice area to ensure you understand and feel it the way you should. Next, you'll get 'hands-on' as you work your way through the specific Waltz connection points & style tips that help make you look the part! It's easy to overlook a lot of the detail, so pay attention to the "little things" as you go (i.e., posture, timing, hand positions, flexed knees, rise and fall, where to look, etc.). When you're ready, you'll learn & test your skills with several fun moves like the box step, natural turns & right turns you can use with anyone & take to the floor immediately. Plus, you'll have a full soundtrack of elegant Waltz music playing through the entire lesson that doubles as a practice tool each time you use the DVD afterwards - just turn it on and practice until you're ready to go out.


Customer Reviews
Average Rating
5(based on 9 reviews)

By: Ray W. Southworth (Havre, MT USA)
DVD: Waltz 101
On: February 24, 2013
Easy to understand and follow along

"One of the first Dance videos I have bought from Shawn Trautman. The video is easy to understand and follow along. He has a way of presenting dance instruction that puts a person at ease. Shawn and his wife seemed to love dancing and doing dance instruction. I am impressed and I am learning the Waltz. Another great thing about Shawn is I emailed him about a question on foot work with the waltz. He answered my email right a way. Of course I didn't explain it well and it took a few more emails to explain my self better. Mr. Trautman treated me with great respect and tried the move with his wife on a Friday evening at his dinner time. That is first class professionalism and the guy really cares about his customers. I would recommend anyone wanting to learn any type of dance to give Shawn's dance videos a try. You won't be sorry..."


By: PK
DVD: Waltz 101
On: July 2, 2012
Great instructions

"I am a beginner. Bought this DVD recently after checking the reviews of many dance instruction DVDs. I found it to be very thorough and well structured so that I could learn at my own pace without rushing. Very well made."


By: sailorjoe
DVD: Waltz 101
On: June 4, 2012
A great way to get started

"This DVD gave me sound basics and enough confidence to get on the dance floor at a social event. It covers all aspects from posture to connection and leading in an easy to follow step by step fashion. A great way to get started."


By: Sean Gregory Smith "Navy Vet"
DVD: Waltz 101
On: May 22, 2012
Dancing Success DOES Start Here!

"Fun and Friendly! Perfect for all the right reasons! Whether you only have a few minutes a day to learn and polish for a specific event, or you want to invest significant time to build a great base for regular, ongoing dance sessions...Waltz 101 is PERFECT. No matter what your style or reason, Waltz 101 is perfect for Country or Ballroom, formal social events, "date nights" out, or intimate evenings at home.... Waltz 101 gradually builds you up AT YOUR PACE from the basics to many of the finer points of posture, position, timing, leading, following, etc., without overwhelming... I can not recommend this disk enough!"


By: D. Danner "dd" (Roanoke, VA)
DVD: Waltz 101
On: January 30, 2012
Is an Elegant and Romantic Waltz - Fun?

"Yea! Thanks to the Trautmans we can now add another dance step to our growing collection as we climb up the beginning dancers' learning curve. Waltz 101 is our fifth Trautman Dvd and it is every bit as good as the other four we've used.

I especially like the organization of instruction(intro/rhythm-timing/connection-style/lead-follow/review)that they have employed across all their 101 Dvd's. It makes for a very clear and easy progression to learn the dance step, and it has proven very useful for easy returns to specific sections of the dvd for repeated study.

Their combined instructional comments are extremely helpful for both partners and are well balanced for both the leader and follower. I enjoy the tasteful decor of their dance studio, the excellent video quality, the nice balance of music audio with their voice instruction, and the excellent camera tracking of their moves with respect to what is being taught at the moment. View it on a large screen tv and you will almost feel like you are right there with them.

The only criticism I can offer is that the Waltz 101 Dvd may not seem as much "fun" as their Swing 101 Dvd that we are concurrently studying. But, I think that just comes with the differences in the rhythms and tempos of the two dances. In contrast, if you are more in the mood to learn how to flow gracefully and elegantly to a dreamy, romantic waltz, rather than to learn the fast footwork and turns of the Swing - then the Trautman's Waltz 101 Dvd will definitely fill the bill. They do their typical great job of teaching all the basics "plus" some extra challenges to get beginners confidently out on the dance floor to have both a "fun and romantic" time dancing."


By: 'Love to Dance'
DVD: Waltz 101
On: January 8, 2012
I learned to waltz!

"Shawn & Joanna Trautman's Waltz 101 dance lesson video is perfect for beginners and also for anyone who just wants a review of these dance steps. I especially like the way these instructors actually show you and your partner in close-up view exactly where to position your feet and hands during each step of the waltz. I realized while taking this lesson how important these tips are for the overall gracefulness that you see when you watch people do this dance. The way this waltz lesson is presented makes you feel very confident during the learning process. I truly appreciate this encouragement as a beginner!"


By: G. Rivelli, Los Angeles, CA
DVD: Waltz 101
This will soon be your #1 seller!

"Wow, Shawn, this is huge! I took some Waltz lessons in High School for drama and this would have made all the difference in the world. You cover everything! I can't tell you how many of the things I did wrong that are easy fixes. My girlfriend and I breezed through the first 3 sections and did really well with them. Just getting the right look is huge and we feel like we truly look like we know what we're doing. When we got to the lead & follow section our progress slowed and we don't have it all yet, but we're close. Lots to play with though! Definitely give you 5 stars on this one for how easy it is to follow along with and for your new format - we love that you have music playing the entire time."


By: Katie D., San Diego, CA
DVD: Waltz 101
Thank you for making your DVDs easy to learn from!

"Thank you guys so much! I loved your dvd. I got it for prom & your dvd made it a wonderful night! One of the best nights ever! I love the waltz, and I waltzed with the guy I like, for TWO whole songs we only stopped because the next song had the wrong tempo! I love you guys! Thank you for making your DVDs easy to learn from!"


By: Diane Brighting, (Fleming, GA)
DVD: Waltz 101
Shawn is an excellent teacher

"I am totally pleased with the 101 Waltz DVD. My friend and I are truly beginners and learned enough to feel confident on the dance floor at our friends formal 70th Hilton Hotel birthday party. We continued learning with the 101 Cha-Cha-Cha and have friends wanting to know our secret to success. Shawn is an excellent teacher and explains the dances so simply that anyone can learn after practicing with his instructions. We are now ready to order other dances and continue feeling good about dancing and getting the exercise with enjoyment."


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