Viennese Ball Season 2018
Vienna is the cradle of classical music and the capital of balls, celebrating a 200 year old tradition. Where the waltz was socialized and a good mix of old Austrian tradition and courtly splendor connect together, over 450 balls are held annually.
Women appear in a long evening dress or in a festive costume, the gentlemen are dressed with tailcoats or tuxedos. Some balls allow also a fine black suit but here is the obligation to wear an elegant bow, never wear a tie which is considered bad taste.
What is very important to note for gentlemen: Watches are frowned upon. The noble cavaliers all wear gold pocket watch with a chain.
Furthermore extremely important for gentlemen: At the round table each lady is asked to dance and never will be a lady left alone at the table.
First the dance floor will be opened by the debutants. This ceremonial tradition formerly served as a ritual to introduce the young generation into society. The inlet of the debutants is commonly accompanied on most balls to the sounds of the famous “Fächerpolonaise”. At the end of the solemn ritual, of course waltz is played- naturally left danced.
With the command "Alles Walzer ", all visitors are invited to the dance floor - now it is allowed to dance the right twisted waltz.
All good things...
...come to an end
When the twelfth hour strikes, Viennese dance school or dance ensembles often show diverse performances. The grand finale of the show block is often the quadrille, as it was already danced 200 years ago. The most popular is those quadrilles is known as the "Fledermaus Quadrille“by Johann Strauss. The dance master explains the not quite simple figures to the audience.
Just as the beginning has a ceremonial tradition so has the finish. The light is dimmed and the chapel intones "Brüderlein fein, musst nicht gar so traurig sein".