NEW YORK STEPS TO THE BLUE DANUBE
By Denise Mattia
A Tune to a Different Waltz
“These aren’t the steps we learned in grade school,” admitted a participant. “Still, I can do this,” she said as she danced away with her partner.
Those who wanted a head start on their waltzing skills for the big Dance Austria! event signed up for free hour-long Viennese Waltz Classes at the Fred Astaire Dance Studio West on West 72 Street on Saturday, October 2 and Saturday, October 9.
Dancing and More
Sponsored by the Austrian Tourist office, the DANCE AUSTRIA! extravaganza at Lincoln Center began at 5:30 p.m. and ran into the early evening. The Julliard School of the Performing Arts provided original dance pieces and special performances. During intervals, the audience was asked to sign up for a chance to win a grand prize: a trip for two to Vienna, Austria. Included was roundtrip air on Austrian Airlines from New York’s JFK Airport, a 4 day, 3 night stay at the Hotel Sacher in Vienna and a pair of tickets to the Fete Imperiale. No purchase was necessary to win. At 7:30 the random drawing was held and an exuberant couple was awarded the prize. By nightfall, everyone had won an evening of DANCE AUSTRIA!
photos by Denise Mattia