This year, the traditional Vienna Ball in Moscow was dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the Great Victory and Vienna’s liberation. To mark the anniversary, the dancers waltzed to “Dark Night” and “Accidental Waltz,” famous war-time songs performed by renowned Russian baritone Dmitry Khvorostovsky.
124 couples danced the Viennese waltz to music played by the “Russian Philharmonic”, a Moscow City Symphony Orchestra, and the Austrian Axel Rot Big Band. The dancers spent nearly three months rehearsing before stepping on the dance floor.
The Vienna Ball has a strict dress-code and an age qualification: girls between 17 and 22 years old only and men must be under 26 to waltz here.
Traditional Vienna balls are held in Prague, New York, Rome and Tokyo. In 2003 Moscow joined in.