ladies in Vienna

Hannelore Unfried
Viennese Dances of the Strauss Era
Vienna, Austria, February 2 to 8th 2014
Grand Strauss Ball February 8th 2014
My life is full of love and joy ... *

*From the lyrics of Josef Strauss’s waltz (opus 293), “Es muß ein Stück vom Himmel sein.”

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ladies in Vienna Again for the ball season 2014 Hannelore and Andrea announce their danceweek in Vienna! We give new dances the chance to become our favorite dances and put the most enjoyed dances on the ball programm taking place in the unique baroque palais Daun-Kinsky1. The Ballet Master and dancing Master A. Küffel shows us new facets of the dance repertory for the Carneval in Prague of the year 1830: The uncommon Kegel-Quadrille with the concluding Reidowak and an Anglaise, which he simply calls Conversationstanz for two Ladies on either side of each Gentleman. We learn steps from the dancing Masters Häcker and Helmke for the indispensable Ecossaisse. We will get out of our treasure box L’Alliance. Johann Raab (königlich böhmisch ständische Tanzmeister) wants the figures of his Quadrille in lines to be performed in polka-mazurka steps. The music to this dance was composed by Philipp Fahrbach Sr, who was bandmaster of the Vienna’s Hoch- und Deutschmeister Regiment and directed the music to the Royal Court balls.

The highlight of our last balls, the Kör—the Hungarian Quadrille for 16 dancers from the year 1842—will not be tought during this year’s dance week, but dancers, who know it from the years before can enjoy this dance performing at the ball (we plan on appropriate time to review and rehearse). As in the last years Hannelore and Andrea will present background information to dances, repertory and practice at Viennese balls.
Set dances of the 19th century will be called at the balls and all dancers can join in without prior knowledge.
ladies in Vienna We meet Sunday February 2nd 2014 at 4.45 p.m. in the Prater Museum in the very center of of the Viennese entertainment (1020 Wien, Oswald-Thomas-Platz 1)2; At free entry we get a vivid impression of the changes in the history of Viennese entertainment culture. ( During the 19th century the former imperial hunting ground gathered diverse amusements and attractions. In Arthur Schnitzler’s play La Ronde (der Reigen) the prater is not only backgroud, but cannot be separated from the story. Ladies of the High Society note in their diaries the excitement of the first ride in spring time and the Blumenkorso. Many relics of the famous world exhibition 1873 wait there for us, as well as the magic world of a kind of early Disneyland “Venice in Vienna.” Who wants to enjoy the overall view during a trip with the Vienna giant ferris wheel ( joins Andrea at 4:00 pm at the cash desk.
ladies in Vienna Afterwards we walk to a nearby Cafe “Meierei” in the famous Prater Hauptallee (Nr. 3). which opened during the world exhibition 1873. There we can indulge ourselves in eating, drinking, and dancing. Therefore we need a clear promise to come (or not) to make the respective reservation.
Daily classes will start on February 3rd, from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm in Kolpinghaus, 9th district, Althanstrasse 51 (tram D, stop Augasse). Hannelore and Andrea give classes both in German and English. At the Kolpingshaus you have the possibility to get lunch for a minimum price.
The motto of our fancy dress ball on Tuesday (6:00 pm) will be: “In the Viennese Prater.”

ladies in Vienna There will be no classes on Wednesday afternoon, so participants are free to explore Vienna or just rest their feet.
The afternoon Tea Dance on Friday, February 7th from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm, will unfold in Biedermeier charm in the Straußelsälen, the last remaining dance hall in Vienna in which Strauss and Lanner played for dances, with afternoon dress of the first half of the 19th century. The evening ends in Cafe Landtmann, where we can sit together and order individually food (reservation is necessery).
For the Grand Strauss Ball on February 8th we made reservation of the belle etage of the Palais Daun-Kinsky (1010 Wien, Freyung 4): the oval ballroom, the Herren- and Damensalon and the Gelber Salon, created by the well known baroque architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt. There we can dance our Waltzes and Quadrilles, have our laid places at the tables, enjoy Viennese’s specials arranged at the delicious buffet. There is also the possibility to change our ball gowns there.
Following Viennese custom, we will have dance cards at the Ball made by Andrea as you can see in the picture below. The dance program will include dances, we learned or rehearsed during the week, the French Quadrille, the common turning dances (waltzes, polkas and Galops) and some contradances as the Sir Roger or the Cotillon (Germans), which will be called. For participants of the danceweek the Saturday is free until 4:45 p.m. or optional the French Quadrille class as follows: A Ball Preparation Class on The French Quadrille for dancers who do not attend the daily classes will be offered on February 8th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. Hannelore Unfried

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