The waltz. Simple in theory, challenging to master. It’s something that, despite some years of dance training, I’m still in the process of mastering. Why, you might ask, would I need to learn this elegant, graceful, leg-pretzeling dance? For balls of course! This past November, I had the pleasure of co-choreographing the opening dance number for the Red Cross (Rotes Kreuz) Ball in Klosterneuburg. Since a number of my Austrian friends volunteer for the Red Cross and operate the Ball Committee, I decided to join the choreography team. In a month and a half, we somehow managed to come up with a choreography, find some willing participants, train them, and execute an opening number that landed us 3 minute ovation (no joke). A success! We even made it to the local newspaper. Even if you’re not on the organising committee of a ball, I still recommend everyone to experience an Austrian ball at least once! And if you’re still here next November…the Rotes Kreuz Klosterneuburg Ball perhaps?