"This incedent foreign dance was introduced at the English court on Friday last… we trust it will never again be tolerated in any moral English society." (The Times,1816)
"The waltz was the first court dance since Shakespeare's time where the couple were allowed to spin round holding each other very closely. The fact that it was labelled‘immoral’ or even ‘obscene' no doubt helped to make people think it was rather shocking fun. Books of etiquette advised unmarried ladies not to dance the waltz,either in public or in private, because (as the Romantic poet, Byron, put it) the lewd grasp and lawless contact warm would not " leave much mystery for the nuptial night."
The waltz originated in Germany from the energetic folkdances of the country people. By the mid-18th century the smart town people were trying it and very soon, it had spread throughout the rest of Europe, although part of Germany and Switzerland banned it completely! In Vienna the waltz became very fast, with the couples racing each other seven or eight times round the ballroom floor, until they were in a state of collapse. So the police decided to forbid the extreme forms of the dance, as it was creating a public disturbance.
However, it was also in Vienna that Lanner and Strauss made their fortunes as bandleaders and composers. Strauss's son , Johann Strauss, established himself as the "waltz king" in Vienna. Chopin complained that the classical music was being ignored in favour of the waltz. He also complained that pieces by Mozart and Beethoven were being "waltzified" to please the public taste. But this did not lower its popularity, which still continues even today.