Have you ever attended a ball?
People socialize and dance together in person in bars and nightclubs these days, but attending balls is such a big deal back in the very old days!
Women wear their corsets and their big gowns while men show off their dapper versions in tuxedos and fancy fabrics.
Well, we may be well ahead in the future, but that doesn’t mean dancing in ballrooms wearing big ball gowns is totally extinct.
In fact, some groups hold events that are made just to celebrate the part of our history that’s all about ball dancing.
One of these notable events is the Stanford Viennese Ball.
The Stanford Viennese Ball
According to its website, the Stanford Viennese Ball is an exciting Stanford tradition with social dancing, live music, performances, and live contests.
It started in 1978, pioneered by students who were returning from the Stanford-in-Austria program.
After seeing the fabulous balls in Vienna, Austria, the students were tremendously inspired and brought the ball dancing back to their home country.
Students were eager to participate in the first-ever ball held in the Toyon Hall.
A total of 350 students joined in the glamorous night of dancing.
From then on, this tradition has grown into a formal affair looked forward to by students.
They are excited because attending the ball meant getting to wear their pressed suits, gowns, and gloves. What’s not to love, right?
One particular part of the event that everyone is watching out for is the opening dance.
The Stanford Viennese Ball Opening Committee is the team in charge of this portion.
Everyone in the room was wowed by the opening number!
Dancing to the tune of “Auf der Jagd” or “On the Hunt” Polka op. 373 by Johann Strauss Jr., the committee performed a Viennese Ball Polka dance that left the crowd in awe.
Their harmony and synchronization are such an incredible thing to watch.
The guys are wearing their black suits, while the ladies are all gorgeous in their white, silk gowns and gloves.
Each twirl and spin are mesmerizing. Everyone’s just so in sync!
Polka dance is known for its lively steps and energetic movements.
Dancers make half-steps as they hop and skip together to the tune of upbeat Polka music.
The opening committee surely knew how to make the dance even more captivating.
The beautiful contrast of their gowns and suits make their uniform and graceful movements even more glamorous and charming. Wow!
All 15 pairs of dancers were giving the audience a performance they won’t soon forget.
They are energetic from start to finish, and this is what Polka dancing is all about!
There were several lifts and fast spins and before the audience can get over the previous jump, the dancers are giving another set of fantastic moves!
There is never a dull moment in this committee’s opening number.
Watch their beautifully entertaining routine below!
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