Concept of the scene by Yoshitaka Amano.

You're the best looking guy here. Dance with me?

Rinoa to Squall

The "Waltz for the Moon" scene in Final Fantasy VIII is a notable event due to its importance to the game's plot as well as its provision as an ample demonstration of the then new motion capture animation and graphics. The game's protagonist, Squall Leonhart, first meets his love interest, Rinoa Heartilly, in this scene in a way reminiscent of old style war-time romance movies. The scene's initially rocky beginning and, by the end of the waltz, the pair's synchronization, could be seen as symbolism for the way the relationship between Squall and Rinoa plays out. It is a tradition in Japanese schools to perform folk dances or waltzes as an event near the end of a sports festival.

The waltz is a standard ¾ time waltz with at least eight steps that are performed and repeated in time to the music. The song "Eyes on Me," the base for the waltz, was created around eighteen years before the game's events.

Story[edit | edit source]

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Squall and Rinoa dance to "Waltz for the Moon".

A recently graduated Squall attends Balamb Garden's SeeD inauguration ball out of necessity. Standing off to the side due to his anti-social nature, he makes no attempt to socialize until a girl in an ivory dress, Rinoa, approaches him and requests a dance.

Attempting to ignore her, Squall tells her that he can't dance. Rinoa remains persistent, however, and drags Squall out onto the dance floor, where she attempts to coerce him into performing the waltz like the other couples. Through Rinoa's determination and understanding, Squall learns the steps, and the pair quickly become proficient dance partners. However, as abruptly as she arrived, Rinoa departs, thanking Squall for the dance.

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Musical themes[edit | edit source]

"Waltz For The Moon"
Music

"Waltz For The Moon" plays when Rinoa forces Squall to dance with her. It is a waltz version of "Eyes on Me", the game's vocal theme song.

The start of Eulmore's second theme in Final Fantasy XIV opens up like the "Waltz for the Moon" before going into its own unique theme.

"Waltz for the Moon" plays in the music player in Final Fantasy XV after the player buys the Memories of FFVIII soundtrack from Hammerhead for 100 gil.

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

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Final Fantasy VIII Motion Capture - Squall & Rinoa Ballroom Dance

The dance was performed by Wataru Hirano and Yasuko Yokokama and motion captured for the game.

In one of the windows outside the Artnia café is a display containing a crystal chandelier, a suspended wall mirror and a candle lit dresser in front of a red curtain. Beside the dresser is a silhouetted figure of Rinoa Heartilly in her "request pose" that she performed when asking for a dance with Squall Leonhart.

Other appearances[edit | edit source]

Final Fantasy VIII technical demo[edit | edit source]

Waltz for the Moon.

The dance scene was used for a technical demonstration showing off the graphic card capabilities of the PlayStation 2. The demonstration features some additional steps to the waltz.

Dissidia Final Fantasy NT[edit | edit source]

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The waltz scene appears as a player icon.

Theatrhythm Final Fantasy[edit | edit source]

The waltz scene.

The scene appears as as the Event Music Stage for Final Fantasy VIII.

The theme appears on Theatrhythm Final Fantasy Compilation Album.

Final Fantasy Trading Card Game[edit | edit source]

Trading card.

Yoshitaka Amano's artwork of Squall and Rinoa dancing appears in a trading card. Like all of Squall's cards, it is ice-elemental.

Merchandise[edit | edit source]

Cold cast statue.

The Final Fantasy Cold Cast Collection was a limited edition collectible series featuring cold cast statues that display notable scenes from Final Fantasy IV, Final Fantasy V, Final Fantasy VI, Final Fantasy VII, and Final Fantasy VIII.

Issued by Squaresoft, only 3,000 of these cold casts were made, each coming with a card and card stand that had the statue's limited number and description. The series has been out of production since 1999.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Etymology[edit | edit source]

Waltz, from German: "Walzer", is a ballroom and folk dance, normally in triple time, performed primarily in closed position.

A natural satellite or moon is an astronomical body that orbits a planet or minor planet.

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