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Hesitation Waltz
This dance is reputed to have developed in Boston. Apparently, the dance masters who were responsible for the evening's program at society functions gained favor with their socialite clients by imposing as much restraint as possible on the dances and creating an obviously reserved interpretation. The Waltz, in particular, became a target of this type of constraint and what was considered to be a flamboyant expression, at that time, induced by the blatant rotation of the dance was effectively curbed by taking a step and hesitating for two beats before proceeding with a conventional Waltz figure or another hesitation. The dance was introduced to New York society by Vernon Castle between 1911 and 1914. It was later standardized by Arthur Murray who taught it as a fundamental social dance for several decades giving some of the figures such names as the Yale, the Biltmore and the Arthur Murray Turn.