Students learn the right steps in Austria

Once a year, the Presseclub Concordia, an organization of Austrian journalists and foreign media representatives, organizes a summer ball for the Austrian public. It is held in the splendid ceremonial rooms and arcaded inner courtyard of the Vienna City Hall.

The Concordia Ball has, over the years, become a highlight of the Vienna Festival (Wiener Festwochen), attracting both Viennese and foreign guests. Among the participants are journalists and leading figures from the worlds of business, science and the arts, all of which dance and socialize until the early hours of the morning in the splendid rooms of the City Hall, or under the stars in the courtyard. The famous flamenco dancer Juan Polvillo from Seville performed at the opening session, Venenciador Jesus Delgado artistically served Sherry wine and "Paellero" champion Juan Gomez prepared a gigantic dish of Valencian paella.

This year, the Presseclub invited Central College and Fulbright students to partake in the 115th Concordia summer ball, "Compania Flamenca,” by helping open the ball with young Spanish dancers and the traditional “Jungdamen- /Jungherren-Komitée“ (Young Women/Young Men's Committee).

Throughout the semester, students attended ballroom dancing lessons and were introduced to the world of Viennese balls. Dressed in white evening gowns and black tuxedos, they opened the ball by dancing to Spanischer Marsch and the Morgenblätterwalzer, performed by The Vienna Opera Ball Orchestra. Both the songs were specifically composed for the Concordia Presseball by Johann Strauss.

From left to right: Nathan Snippe, Kayla Hohl, Chelsea Ford, Helen Hohnholt, Megan Seymour, Jessica Jessen , Lucas Fillmore
From left to right: Nathan Snippe, Kayla Hohl, Chelsea Ford, Helen Hohnholt, Megan Seymour, Jessica Jessen , Lucas Fillmore


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