„Es muß ein Stück vom Himmel sein ...“

This time, E. F. D. Helmke offers us his Coq-à-l'ane, which means a silly, or incoherent chatter. This delightful and unique Quodlibet sets a Tempo di MarciaContredanseMinuetEcossaiseWaltzFrançaisePolonaiseand Galopp-quadrillein a row in their respective formations (Taschenbuch für Tänzer und Tänzerinnen auf das Jahr 1833, Merseburg).


The Polka Mazurkawill be our second highlight. This charming couples dance with its special grace and variety came into fashion around the middle of the 19thcentury. From the two-part basic step, several step combinations can be gained. The resulting figures are chosen by each couple individually, or performed together with all the other dancers.[1]Some step sequences – among them a special version, which was popular in Vienna  – complete the familiar movements of Johann Raab's L'Alliance, which according to our tradition is once again given a place of honor in the ball programm. (For those who have already learned, there will be a refresher.)


We review the 12 figures of Jean Jacques’ Redowa Polkafrom last year ("Maître de plaisir beim Tanze" Hamburg, 1869) and Jørgen Schou-Pedersen presents the five-part ConcordiaQuadrillein lines of Johann Raab "sincerely consecrated to the students of the jurisprudence" to the music of the Kapellmeister F.W. Swoboda (Prague, 1846). 


In keeping with the Viennese ball tradition, before the gala buffet we dance the Quadrille françaisewith Cotillontouren (Germans).


We are opening our dance week on February 2nd2020 at 4:00 pm again in a museum. Then go together to a ‘Heuriger’, a Viennese winegrower's restaurant. There we can satisfy our hunger and thirst and also dance. The exact addresses of the location for the daily dance lessons, museum and restaurant will be announced upon registration.


Daily classes in English will start on February 3rd, from 10 am to 4.30. 
This time in a centrally located place near the station "Wien Mitte" (U4, U3, S-Bahn 1-4, 7, tram O, bus 74A) with a possibility for a cheap lunch or a snack.


The motto of our fancy dress ball on Tuesday is “Imperial Vienna’s guests”. We start at 6.30pm (until 9.30pm high above Vienna, on Cobenzl in the foothills of the Vienna Woods again http://www.waldgrill-cobenzl.at; (Bus 38a from U4 terminal Heiligenstadt).


The Wednesday afternoon is free for individual activities.


The dance classes end on Friday around 1. p.m. to prepare for theThé Dansant(from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.). Wearing evening dresses of the first half of the 19thcentury we can enjoy the unique Biedermeier charm in the Sträußelsäle, the last remaining dance hall in Vienna where Strauss and Lanner played for dances. The evening ends in Cafe Landtmann, the favorite Cafe of Sigmund Freud, where we can sit together and order individually food (reservation is necessery).


As in recent years, we can enjoy the incomparable ambience of the Palais Daun-Kinsky (1010 Vienna, Freyung 4) created by the famous baroque architect Johann Lucas von Hildebrandt. The oval ballroom is ideal for waltzing as much as for sets in squares and lines. An exquisite gala buffet is prepared for us in the Yellow Salon. We are looking forward to our proven ball music of the last years. (Arrival: 5. p.m. for changing and Solemn opening at 6 p.m.).


Following Viennese custom, we will have dance cards at the Ball made by Andrea. The dance program will include dances, we learned or rehearsed during the week, the common turning dances (waltzes, polkas and Galops) and some contradances as the Sir Roger or the Cotillon (Germans), which will be called.



Daily dance classes, Fancy dress Ball, afternoon Tea Dance and Grand Strauss Ball (buffets included, beverages not included):

Registration (Registration fee of 50.- € is included)                                           380.- €


Tea Dance (February 8th) and Strauss Ball (Feb. 9th(as above)                              160.-€                                

Strauss Ball (as above)                                                                                                115.- €

All venues will be NON-SMOKING!


Registration before December 7th2019 will reduce the fee from 380.- € to 343.- €.


If you wish, we can suggest hotels or pensions.Participants must make their own reservations. 

Vienna offers visitors many low cost tickets, which include admissions to museums as well as unlimited trips on its fine public transit systems (subways, trams, and busses). 

For participation for the danceweek, the Thé dansant and the Grand Straußball a registration by e-mail, mail or phone adressed to Hannelore Unfried is necessery. The registration fee of 60.- € is included in the prices above. The whole amount has to be settled until January 18th 2020. If the registration is canceled after 7.12.2019 the registration fee (60.- €) will be kept. For cancellations after 4.1.2020 half of the course fee is due.If canceled after 18. 1. 2020 no refund can be given.


Please support the grant for young persons by contributing “building blocks” of 15.- Euros. 


Hannelore Unfried


Please send your registration to: Mag. Hannelore Unfried,  e-mail: unfried@hofdantzer.at

A–1190 Vienna, Nußwaldgasse 23-25/13, mobile phone: 0043-664-404 9818, 









Registering for:


m Museum

m Heurigen

m  Fancy dress ball

mDaily dance classes, afternoon Tea Dance, and Grand Strauss Ball (buffets included, beverages not included)                                                                                                  380.- €

m Tea Dance and Strauss Ball(as above)                                                                     160.-€

m Café Landtmann  

mStrauss Ball (as above)                                                                                              115.- €


Dancers participate at their own risk.





Participants from the Euro-area please send your funds to:


Mag. Hannelore Unfried

IBAN: AT432022107201068835



From participants not belonging to the Euro-area we accept the confirmation of the flight (please send booking number) instead of the registration fee in advance (to save the conversion fees of the bank)


[1]Adam Reichert: Die moderne Tanzkunst. Olmütz 1881; François Lestienne-Dubois: Mazur, Polka und Polka=Mazur. Wien 1869; Friedrich Zorn: Grammatik der Tanzkunst. Leipzig 1887


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