• Posted:Friday, February 19, 2010
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Vienna is good for dancing
Nimble people who have a great sense of rhythm, listen up! If you haven't been staying in a Vienna hostel as yet, the question remains - why on earth not? Apparently, the city plays host to over 300 balls every single year by way of celebrating the carnival season so, if you're a big fan of the waltz, I highly recommend that you consider booking yourself a Vienna holiday quick-smart and in a hurry.

As my girlfriend will surely tell you, I have two left feet and could not keep to the beat if my life depended on it, but even I'm taken with the idea of a ball-related jaunt over in Vienna. According to the Daily Telegraph, most of the Viennese dancing takes place in January and February so you'll have to be quick - although others do take place at other times - but it really does sound magical if the words of one reporter - who has seen it with her own eyes - are to be believed.

Lucy Davies noted that attending some of these balls is almost like going back in time, describing how she saw "figures looming from the dark in cloaks and gowns, fresh from a ball and looking for all the world like visitors from another age. Mozart, Strauss, Marie Antoinette - none of these former inhabitants of the city would have blinked".

If you're very taken with this idea but, like me, don't have a clue what you're doing on the dance floor, don't despair. According to Ms Davies, the majority of the Viennese are as unsure of how to waltz as the rest of the world. But if you'd rather watch than participate, head to Dance Quarter Vienna, which has two venues for events with lots of shows put on.

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