Elmayer Dance School is firmly dedicated to the cultivation and development of the world famous and unique Viennese Ball tradition. To all participants in our youth classes we open the ball doors widely. Elmayer is in charge of most of the ball opening ceremonies at Hofburg and many Palais as well as the Philharmonikerball at the Musikverein.

The Viennese Ball, pure Austrian Culture

Stich: HandkussThe origins of today’s Viennese ball culture can be traced back to the 15th century and later to the famous French King Louis XIV in Versailles and his relations to the Spanish Habsburgs. It became a tradition at the French court in Versailles that young people
called debutants were introduced to society at ball festivities marching into the hall of mirrors. This ceremony laid the foundations for today’s
famous Viennese Ball Opening Ceremonies of the debutants – gentlemen in black (tuxedo, dinner jacket or frack) and ladies in long white ball gown
that traditionally start every one of the more than 400 ball festivities per year in Vienna with several opening dances and finally Viennese Waltz.

Elmayer Dance School does not only join, but actively participates in the Viennese Ball scene by organizing the opening ceremonies, studying with young people, and – last but not least – having its own ball, the Elmayer-Kränzchen.

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