We have no information at this time about ballet education or schools in Austria. Austria of course is a very small country, albdit with an enormous heritage of fine arts. Tis is of course especially the case in music. We have less information on dance. A reader reports on New Years eve 2008, "I watched the New Years Day Concert from Vienna yesterday. There was a children's ballet. The dance was the visual part of a strause Waltz. There were three girls and 3 boys. All about 12. The physique of the boys showed them to be very athletic. They enjoyed the dance too. It was about fairies and sprites. The sprites (the boys) ran away when the fairies tried to kiss them! The boys and girls danced with youthful exuberance and it was a joy to watch the ballet. All the time the expression on the children's faces was joy, smiles and mischief. It was a fun piece created to the misuic of the Blue Danube. This river is supposed always to appear blue to those who are in love when they see this river. There might be truth in this as I have always found this river to be blue when I have walked along its banks. None-the-less I think you'll be able to see the fun these children had when they danced." We are not sure about the performance. I don't think there is aballet entiteled "Blue Danube"
We have heard of the Blue Danube waltz, but not the Blue Danube Ballet. Perhaps some one just coeorgraphed a ballet piece to the Blue Danube Waltz and there is no actual full ballet. We do note, however, references to a "Blue Danube" ballet Choreographed by Gertrud Bodenwieser, an Australian ballet figure in the 1930s and 40s.
AnnAustrian reader tells us, "There is always ballet movements choreographered to the Strauss music on the New Years Day Concert from Vienna. The programme is televised throughout Europe.It is a very famous concert. Tickets are sold for next New Years concert - even now!"
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