Thursday, January 1, 2015
Magic...The Ball Season is Here!
Ah, 2015 has arrived along with new movies about magical forests and yes, Cinderella. What does this make most of us think of? Well, of course it brings about dreams of Prince Charming and bad shoes, but it makes us all think of the wonderful night we could have at a formal ball. What is a girl to do? For my thoughts and dreams, I say go to Vienna, Austria.
That's right, it's ball season in Vienna. The Viennese love their classical music and their traditions and history. Vienna has been home to some true greats like Mozart, and it's the home of the Vienna Waltz. There's nothing like the romance of a formal ball. There's nothing like the magic of waltzing the night away. Here in Vienna you can go to classes to prepare for both the dancing and the etiquette of the event. There are many schools that will help you with just that. There are many great places to buy or rent a gown for the event. There are great places to rent a tuxedo too. If you want, you can hire a horse and carriage to take you to your event, and have that Cinderella experience you've always fantasized about.
There are several balls during the winter ball season in Vienna, but one of the most prestigious is the Vienna Opera Ball held at the amazing State Opera House in mid February. Attire is strictly formal with tails only and black tuxedos only for the men. The women dress in floor length white only gowns. The tradition of this ball is that it is a coming out for debutantes and they take the floor first. At the proper time, the rest join in. Everything about this event is meticulous and steeped in tradition. If you've ever wondered what it was like to go to a true formal ball, this is your spot. The venue is one of the most beautiful and revered buildings in all of Austria and dates back to the days of royalty. It's a once in a lifetime event and a great place to live out a dream that would do any bucket list proud.
Don't know how to waltz? There are several schools for that. Don't own a gown? Particularly a white one? There are many stores for that. There are also some rental places for that. This is not some kind of rock concert though. This is not some disco that you drop in on. This is one of those events that takes planning. It requires tickets in advance. It requires gloves, ladies. It requires poise, grace, dress, etiquette, and social behaviors. This is something that you will have to study for. This is something that you will have to go to class and learn for. Is it worth it? Of course it is. For that one night, you will feel like Cinderella. You'll feel like a prince or a princess.
Vienna is one of the most romantic cities in the world. It's full of grandeur and palaces. It's the former home of kings and queens. It's classy and romantic. The ball season just exemplifies what's already in front of us with Lipizzaners, art museums, homes of famous composers and some of the most beautiful architecture anywhere. The Danube just makes the city more amazing, and the cathedrals even more so. You could spend a lifetime discovering the city.
If you want a truly one of a kind experience, then go to a ball while in Vienna. Take a class, buy a gown, get a ticket and go to the Opera Ball. Have that one magical night that you will remember for a lifetime. Make it magic and enjoy!