Balls 2019

ABOUT THE 2019 BALLS: 

There will be an opportunity to attend several balls during Waltz Week

 

THE OFFICIAL "WALTZ WEEK" BALL: 

As a group, plan to get tickets for the "KAFFEESEIDERBALL" (Ball of the Viennese Coffee House Owners) taking place on Friday, Feb 22nd.  This will be a delightful finish to our week of workshops and play (See details below).    PLEASE NOTE:  This Ball sells out quickly, so we need to get your payment in before Jan 31st to guarantee you a spot.  We will arrange the tickets for you as part of Waltz Week.

TWO PRE-CAMP BALLS:

While not officially part of Waltz Week, the BALL DER WIRTSCHAFT (Ball of the Viennese Industry) at the Hofburg Palace, and the JOHANN STRAUSS BALL at the Kursalon, both on Saturday, FEB 16th, are two great options if you are arriving in Vienna early and would like to experience more than one kind of ball during your time here.  You would need to arrange tickets for these on your own if you would like to attend (please see note and details below for information on how to do this).

ADDITIONAL BALLS DURING WALTZ WEEK?:

There may be more balls announced as the time draws near.  We will update this site as we learn more.  Keep checking back if you are interested in exploring these options.

     NOTE:  

In order for us to buy tickets for you to the Kaffeseiderball, your tickets must be ordered through our website by January 31st.  This will ensure enough time for our Vienna team to purchase and collect them.  Tickets ordered after January 31st cannot be guaranteed.  We will do our best to get them for you, but these balls can sell out quickly once the box office opens.  You will be refunded in full for any tickets which you paid for but could not be obtained.  Tickets for the Kaffeeseiderball can be purchased on our registration page (Prices shown below reflect ticket price + internet fee).  Tickets for any of the other balls can be purchased via the contact information listed below.  

NOTE:  

If you are planning on going to any of the non-official Waltz Week Balls without a partner, please see the note at the bottom of this page.

 

 

 

THE BALLS:

 

 1.   Saturday, Feb 16thThe Ball der Wirtschaft ("Ball of the Viennese Industry") at the Hofburg Palace  -- A great option if you are arriving the weekend before "Waltz Week" and want to check out the Homburg Palace

Location: Hofburg Imperial Palace   
                     1 Heldenplatz, Vienna, Austria

Doors open: 8:00 pm
Traditional Opening Ceremony: 9:00 pm
End of ball: 4:00 am

Dress code: 
          Ladies: evening dress
          Gentlemen: dinner jacket, tuxedo, or dark suit

Tickets: €  ???  per person (entrance only, no table seat or food/drinks included) 

LOCATION:   Wirtschaftsbund Wien, 1030 Wien, Lothringenstrasse 16/5
TELEPHONE:   +43 1 512 76 31 26
EMAIL:   office@hofburg-ball.at        
WEBSITE:  www.hofburg-ball.at   

 

 

 

2.   Saturday, Feb 16th: The Johann Strauss Ball at the Kursalon -- This is another lovely option for a Ball to attend on the Saturday prior to Waltz Week, particularly since it will be in a completely different venue.  The Theme of this years ball is "A night in Venice". The website is in English and very informative.  It says,   

"On 16th of February 2019, Kursalon will open its doors for the 13th annual Johann Strauss Ball. This time, the glittering ball night is inspired by the world famous Operetta “A night in Venice“ by Johann Strauss jr. The glamourous ball opening will be directed by the classical Orchestra “Alt Wien” and accompanied by one of Vienna’s famous dancing schools. The theme “A night in Venice” will appear throughout the highlights of the evening. Enjoy an elegant Gala dinner before the opening or have a glass of sparkling wine at one of the many bars. Let yourself be guided through the night with the music of our live orchestra, band and DJ in the 4 sumptuous halls of the historic Kursalon building and be part of an unforgettable ball night in Vienna."

Location:   Johannesgasse 33, 1010 Wien, Austria        

Doors open:  6:00pm for dinner guests
Traditional Opening Ceremony:  9:00pm
End of ball:  4:00am

Dress code
          Ladies: evening dress
          Gentlemen: dinner jacket, tuxedo, or dark suit

Tickets: [NOTE: You will need to purchase these tickets on your own from the website (see link below]  Tickets start at € 49 per person (no seating or table)

   There are 3 Ticket Options:

    1)  ENTRANCE TICKET:   49 €

Includes entrance fee (without reserved seat and without dinner)  


     2)  SILVER PACKAGE:  130 €

Includes: Entrance ticket,

Reserved seat in the side hall (Schubert or Lehar Hall),

3-course gala dinner,

Drinks during dinner (sparkling wine, white wine, red wine, beer and 

nonalcoholic drinks)


     3)  GOLDEN PACKAGE:  170 €

Includes:  Entrance ticket,

Reserved seat in the main hall (Strauss Hall),

3-course gala dinner,

Drinks during dinner (sparkling wine, white wine, red wine, beer and 

nonalcoholic drinks)


For details, ticket purchase, and information (in English

  • WEBSITE:  www.johannstraussball.com/en 
  • TELEPHONE:   +43 1 512 57 90  
  • SNAIL MAIL:  Johannesgasse 33, 1010 Vienna, Austria
  • EMAIL:  sound@soundofvienna.at




 

3.   Friday, Feb 22nd: The 61st Wiener Kaffeesieder Ball ("Coffee House Owners Ball")  -- This is the official ball event for "Waltz Week" participants.  The event includes nine rooms of  dance music (from orchestra & big band in the Grand Hall, to salsa, jazz, dixie, disco, and more in the smaller salons)

Location:  Hofburg Imperial Palace   
                     1 Heldenplatz, Vienna, Austria

Doors open: 7:30 pm
Traditional Opening Ceremony: 9:00 pm
End of ball: 4:30 am

Dress code
Ladies: ball gown or floor length evening gown
Gentlemen: evening tails, smoking jacket, or uniform (bow ties only!  No regular ties allowed)

Tickets: € 162 per person (Entrance only: €150 plus €12 ball booking fee.  No table, seat, or food/drinks included, however a little gift for the ladies is included)

The Kaffeesieder Ball is considered one of the largest and finest of the Vienna ball season.  More than 5,500 guests attended last year at the Hofburg.

More information: http://www.kaffeesiederball.at/    This is an excellent website with details, pictures, and all of the information you need to prepare for the ball.  Click on the "English" language option on the top right corner of the page

 


 

 

 To check for other Ball options in Vienna and nearby cities, you may find the following links useful:

 Special Note:   

Partnering for the Viennese Ball 

     Outside of our official Waltz Week group ball, If you are planning to attend a Viennese Ball in Europe as a single person (or as a single couple), you should be aware of a few etiquette points.

       First, at these kinds of events, guests will typically dance only with the partner they came with.  That is to say, unlike some of the social dance parties you might have attended in the United States, at a formal European ball, the etiquette of partner exchange is generally not done.  

      For this reason, we highly recommend coming to these balls with a partner in hand.  If you are coming alone and will only be attending the official Waltz Week Ball at the end of the week, then of course we will do our very best to partner you with other solo participants from our group and to share partners throughout the evening (This is one of the reasons we created Waltz Week -- so that solo dancers and couples coming to Vienna will have partners to dance with!) .  If you are planning to attend any of the other non-Waltz Week balls alone, we highly encourage you to post your intentions on our "Waltz Week in Vienna" Facebook page and see if you can coordinate to meet up with other solo participants there.   

   

Hired Dance-Partnering Services (Taxi-Dancers)

     Another option for single attendees to the non-Waltz Week balls is that some of the balls may help you arrange for a local taxi dancer to attend as your dance partner.  Just be aware that this can be expensive.  Hiring a dance escort means that you are responsible for all of their costs, including ball ticket, tuxedo rental (if needed), transportation, meals/drinks, hiring stipend/fee, etc.  That being said, ball escorts are typically charming people, lovely dancers, and enjoy being there as much as you do.  If anything else, it's a wonderful way to meet a fellow dancer and get to learn more of their local culture and history first hand.  Please contact the local ball committee (click on their web page link) to see if this option is available for that particular ball, or continue reading below....

Waltz Week Dance Escorts:

(for attending the optional 'unofficial' Waltz Week Balls)   

 
 

 "The Blue Rose Gentlemen"

Vienna's Premier Dance-Partnering Service:

We are happy to announce that Waltz Week is partnering with Vienna's premier Ball dance-partnering service called "The BlueRose Gentlemen", a group of honorable, very well-trained ballroom dancers & Austrian gentlemen who are offering our female guests their services to accompany them to any of the optional Balls during the week (or even to the "official" Waltz Week Ball if you would prefer to have your own committed dance partner remain with you for the entire evening).

 

DETAILS & DESCRIPTIONS: 

Details about the BlueRose Gentlemen, their philosophy, their training, and their dance-partnering services can be found on their website:  http://www.bluerose.at/en/index.php and are briefly outlined below:

COSTS:

For information about pricing for dance-partnering services, please contact: office@bluerose.at

 

FLEXIBILITY:  

The "BlueRose Gentleman" organizers are more than happy to work with you to create your own unique experience for any individual Ball or dance event, and will try to arrange an escort for you that would best suit your needs and budget.  Costs may vary depending on the activity and time frame.  Please contact office@bluerose.at with any specific questions or requests you might have.

 

BLUEROSE DANCER CLASSIFICATIONS:  A description of the two classes of BlueRose Club members are briefly outlined below.  Further details can be found on their webpage

1) Active BlueRose Gentlemen:  These are the men who are presented on the website with photos and details.  Most of them are young adults or students under the age of 40 years. All are veteran Ball attendees and competent ballroom dancers.  They are the active members of the BlueRose club.  All speak English, and are gracious and charming hosts.

2) Grandseigneurs (40+): These gentlemen are not presented on the website or considered to be "active" members, but are on call in the event that a guest would prefer an older dance partner or if there is a need for more partners than the active members can support in any one night.  These gentlemen are all veteran Ball attendees and competent ballroom dancers.  All speak English, and are gracious and charming hosts.  Their partnering services are guaranteed up until 1am.  Beyond 1am, individual arrangements will need to be made.

 CONTACT INFORMATION:

Please write to:  office@bluerose.at

You can review their website at: http://www.bluerose.at/en/index.php