Slow or Modern Waltz – the word “Waltz” originates from the German word “waltzen”, meaning “to revolve”. An offspring of the faster Viennese Waltz, this slower version known as the “Landler” became popular in Austria and Germany in the 1700’s. In America, a version known as the “Boston” became popular in the late 1800’s. The present form of the dance was born around 1910 in England and was derived from both the “Landler” and the “Boston”. The slower tempo allows more time for syncopations and picture steps, giving light and shade, and makes it more interesting to perform and watch.