The Physician's Ball is another mainstay of Vienna's Ball Season. The glamorous setting inside the Imperial Palace guarantees a glamorous night! And if there are any medical emergencies, you are more than covered.
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Austria's ball season is sometimes called the "fifth season." In a country that knows how to enjoy life with all senses, these events take on a magical character. Learn about the balls happening this winter!
Nowhere else are balls as romantic and festive as in Vienna. This tradition enchants locals and guests from around the world well beyond a single night. In Vienna there are over 400 balls happening every winter, which are attended by dance-loving visitors from all walks of life. The special ambience is created by the ceremonial program and the courtly customs, which were adopted from the 18th century: there are dress codes, an opening fanfare, the debutants' arrival, and the exclamation "Alles Walzer!" You can also look forward to the so-called "midnight performance," often a quadrille, and a small gift for every visitor when entering the hall.
Many of the Viennese balls are now organized by professional guilds. The coffee maker ball, for example, transforms the Vienna Hofburg into the most festive dance café in the city with an elegant and charming programme. The Viennese confectioners came up with a "ballet of pastries" for their ball. Many consider the Ball of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra to be the unofficial highlight of the ball season: it takes place in the halls of the Vienna Musikverein, from where the New Year's Concert is also broadcast every year. The Opera Ball, which takes place "in the most beautiful ballroom in the world" - the Vienna Opera House - is the official State Ball of the Republic of Austria. It also is meant to celebrate the artists of the Vienna State Opera in one magical night.
What differentiates Viennese ball culture from dance events, say in New York or Frankfurt am Main?
The biggest difference is made by the Viennese, who are extremely experienced in balls and know that the guests themselves are the most important part. The Viennese audience knows exactly what is important for a ball: a good atmosphere, elegant clothes, charming etiquette, cultivated conversation, and joy of dancing. In addition, a classic Viennese ball always includes an opening by the "Young Women and Young Men Committee" and at least one quadrille of the public.
These things are not common in other countries?
Many balls in other countries are not opened with debutante pairs. The public quadrille is almost unknown abroad. Only in Bavaria, where the quadrille is known as "Française", have I seen it at the "Ball of the Austrians".
You run the most renowned dance school in Vienna. How enthusiastic are young people today about dancing?
Attending the Elmayer dance school has become a fixture and indispensable part of adolescence among Viennese families for many generations. Every year, we succeed in getting the young people who attend our courses enthusiastic about the Viennese ball tradition.
Your personal favourite dance?
The Viennese waltz, of course.
What distinguishes a good dancer?
A good dancer should recognize which dance suits the music played, always dance to the beat, be considerate of the partner and her knowledge of the dance and not worry about looking great on the dance floor.
What is an absolute no-go at a ball?
Any kind of stress, lack of consideration, and a bad mood are inappropriate. In addition, regardless of the temperature, it is essential for the festive mood that all guests wear elegant ball attire and keep this unchanged until they leave the ball.