Balls in Vienna


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In Vienna, more than 450 balls take place every year. The most interesting time is a carnival. Wonderfull and solemn atmosphere fills each corner of great ballrooms. Austrian tradition of waltz dance mixes with exquisiteness.
The history of Vienna's balls has begun during the Congress of Vienna which took place at the beggining of 19th century. The rulers and politicians met in the capital of the Habsburg Imperium in order to establish new borders and new rules after Napoleon's defeat. After talks, prominent personages gathered to rest and entertain during sumptuous ceremonies. Today balls have similar etiquette as these from the previous centuries. Special dress code is very important. Women wear evening gowns or folk dresses and men – suits or tailcoats with bow ties.
The most famous ball is the Ball in the Vienna National Opera House. According to long-lasting tradition, young women and men called debutants open the ball. It is the old tradition of introduction of young people to society.
Each of balls is opened with waltz or polonaise dances, but after that many other music style can be heard.
At midnight dance shows are presented by dancers from dance schools. A frequent attraction is quadrille dance performed by participants.
Among countless balls there are organized Wienerphilharmoniker ball which is considered as one the most important balls in Vienna, Bonbon Ball Vienna, Kaffeesiederball – the biggest ball in the Carnival, Juristenball, Johannstraussball, Mask Ball in the last Monday of the Carnival and two charitable balls.

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