International Dance Summer School - Ballroomdances of the 19th century

3rd .creanc. International Dance Summer School 2016 from 31.7 to 7.8.2016 in Vienna

Ballroom dances from the period 1830 to 1900

Course 1       from Sunday 31st July to Sunday 7th August 2016                            Course 2       from Thursday 4th August (at 2.30pm) to Sunday 7th August 2016     Grand Ball     on Saturday 6th August 2016 at the Vienna Imperial Palace (Hofburg)



The Dances

The course programme includes 19th century ballroom and social dances from Europe and North America, danced to the musical pieces composed by the members of the Strauss family. We shall introduce three new dances: (1) Strauss Quadrille, consisting of six figures, La Bohémienne (polka with music by Johann Strauss, Son), La Varsovienne (varsovienne with music by Johann Strauss, Father), La Rhénane (rheinländer polka, music by Josef Strauss), La Britannique (galop, music by Eduard Strauss), La Parisienne (mazurka-waltz and redowa, music by Josef Strauss) and finale La Viennoise (waltz, music by Johann Strauss, Son). All were favourite couple dances in the 19th century, and here they are set in typical quadrille formation to the potpourri of well liked Strauss tunes. The dances have been choreographed by Sylvia, with authentic steps and formations, and dedicated with gratitude to the Viennese Strauss family composers for their great achievement in giving dancers such a variety of tunes to dance to. (2) Cellarius Polka Quadrille became well known in the 19th century. It consists of six parts and was devised by Jules M. Martin in Philadelphia in 1844 to music by Aron F. R. Conner (published in 1848). Martin dedicated this dance to his friend, the Paris dancing master Henry Cellarius. Polka was Cellarius’ favourite dance and he himself taught this dance in Paris, while in London it was made popular by Madame Lecomte and, of course, in Philadelphia it was popularised by the deviser Jules Martin. It is now resurrected for this course for the first time. (3) The Blue Danube waltz by Johann Strauss Son is the unofficial Austrian anthem, spread on each New Year’s Day throughout the world from Vienna. This charming waltz has been choreographed with authentic steps on the pattern of 19th century Viennese cotillions. It will be the high point of the Grand Ball and the orchestra will play it from the original notation.

The dance programme will be further enriched by the favourite German/Bohemian polka Bitte schön and Tringle Waltz Cotillion “Wiener Bonbons” (Viennese Sweets), based on the choreography originated from New York in 1889. Music to both dances was composed by Johann Strauss, son. The Princess Alice Waltz Quadrille was choreographed by Prof. Bland in London in 1855 and it will be danced to Strauss’ waltz “Erinnerung an Covent Garden” (Memories of Covent Garden). The mazurka-waltz Die Schwetzerin (The Chatterbos) will allow us to enjoy another dance, which together with redowa was popular in that period. The steps are based on the description by Henry Cellarius (valse simple, coup de talon, valse double) in combination with polka-mazurka and korska (sources from 1840 onwards). And music, of course, will be by Johann Strauss.

Two best known dances throughout the 19th century’s dance world were Quadrille Française and Quadrille à la cour. The first will be taught in its Viennese version to the Fledermaus Quadrille music by Johann Strauss, Son, and the second one, which is known as an especially pretty variation of The Lancers, in the Freising’s arrangement (1855/1885), again with Johann Strauss’ music. The Gisela Polka was dedicated to Gisela Louise Marie, archduchess of Austria and Princess of Bavaria, the daughter of Emperor Franz Joseph and his wife Sisi. It is a charming simple polka in the form of a rondaise.

The course will teach not only the favourite ballroom dances of the 19th century and the dance etiquette of that period, of which we should be rightly proud, but will also pay great attention to the steps and figure technique, body posture and leading technique in dance, as well as the importance of personal rapport between the dancing partners. All these attributes are necessary for enhanced pleasure and enjoyment of sociable dancing.

Course 1: Classes from Monday to Thursday 

Strauss Quadrille / Cellarius Polka Quadrille / The “Blue Danube” waltz / Polka “Bitte schön” / Mazurka-waltz “Die Schwetzerin” / Waltz cotillion “Wiener Bonbons” / The Princess Alice Waltz Quadrilles

Course 1 and Course 2 joint: from Thursday 2.30 pm to Saturday 

Waltz, polka and quadrille basics / Quadrille à la cour / Quadrille Française (with the international final figure) /

Edelreigen – opening dance (The Gipsy Baron) / Gisela Polka and simple dances for the Grand Ball


Dance classes timetable

Monday-Wednesday (course 1)  1st-3rd August 2016        9.15am – 5pm

Thursday (course 1)                    4th August 2016             9.15am – 2.30pm  Thursday (course 2)                    4th August 2016             2.30pm – 5pm               (optional for 1)

Friday (courses 1&2)                   5th August 2016             9.15am – 4.30pm

Saturday (courses 1&2)              6th August 2016             9.15am – 12.30pm                                                                                                          

All classes will take place in the modern sports hall of the Goethe-Gymnasium (88ft x 50ft, or 27m x15m); Address: Goethe-Gymnasium, Astgasse 3, 1140 Wien

Convenient accommodation at favourable rates is offered, if you make a reservation by 1st May 2016, at Kolpinghaus Wien Zentral (near Naschmarkt)


Grand Ball and the Venue                       

Saturday                      6th August 2016             6.30pm (entrance 5.30pm)

Our glittering final ball will take place in the Ceremonial Hall of the Hofburg Palace, in the heart of Vienna. It is one of the Hofburg’s grandest halls and in the past was used as the Emperor’s Throne Room.

Address: HOFBURG Wien, Heldenplatz, 1014 Wien

Preferred dress code: 19th century fashion (tails for gentlemen, ball gowns for ladies); A changing room will be available.

Music for the festive night will be provided by the Prague Ballroom Orchestra under conductor Petr Chromčák,  ( and pianist Stephan Müller from Germany, as well as the soloists of the Vienna Operetta (Susanne Rath from Vienna and Nils Stäfe from Weimar/Erfurt in Germany).

Gourmet spread during the ball will be prepared by the catering services of the Hofburg Palace.


Cost of the International Dance Week (in pdf-description)

(1) Early booking and payment by 24th November 2015; (2) Early booking and payment by 31st March 2016; Student discount for booking by 31st March 2016



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