Almost every partner dance is a descendant of the waltz.
The oldest of ballroom dances, the waltz has roots as far back as the 13th century. As it evolved and entered the ballrooms of Europe, the waltz was viewed as taboo because partners were permitted to make contact. But like the tango and other exciting and challenging dances, the waltz spread until by the middle of the nineteenth century it was firmly established in the U.S.
Today’s standard waltz rhythm that we now know and love became popular due to the musical creations of composers such as Johann Strauss.