Ball opening ceremonies

Viennese Ball Culture and tradition


I was responsible for the rehearsals and direction of many traditional Viennese ball opening ceremonies both in Vienna and abroad. Through my even mostly own choreographies, I was able to contribute a lot to the preservation of this special tradition in Austria and around the world with many (sometimes very large!) committees. Beside the Opera Ball, Ball of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Jägerball, Ball der Wiener Kaffeesieder, Juristenball, Fête Impériale, Ball der Wiener Sängerknaben, Wiener Pirsch, Ball der WU, Pharmacy Ball, etc ..., various balls abroad (e.g. in Timisoara - Romania, Karlsbad, Kaiserball in Munich, Beograd - Serbia), and many more... I toured with André Rieu as part of the World Stadium Tour through several continents and was from 2009-2015 responsible for the opening choreography of the 100 debutant couples at the Life Ball at the Town Hall Square.

It is very important for me, to bring the "Viennese Ball Tradition" to be included again in the national list of intangible cultural heritage of UNESCO.

The preservation and promotion of traditional Viennese ball culture is particularly important. Create an unforgettable event together with me.

What you expect:

Classic vs. modern

Whether classic Viennese ball opening or in combination with modern elements - every opening will be tailored to your ball.

Contact with many famous Viennese ball-orchestra

My musical training and many years of activity at the big balls in Vienna helps to ensure a smooth flow of musical accompaniment during the opening and your ball.

Additional Services

  • Quadrille français
  • individual appointments for rehearsal
  • Helping to organize your ball (together with my wife, Gabriele Schweighofer-Truschner)
  • You have a special music request? With timely planning, my contact persons of the large orchestra (with the appropriate fee) create a musical arrangement for your ball orchestra.

“Der zentrale Teil des Auftakts war der Einzug der 200 Debütanten in blütenweißen Kostümen. Deren Auftritt wurde bereits zum sechsten Mal von Benimm-Papst Thomas Schäfer-Elmayer und Dominik Truschner konzipiert.”

1. Juni 2014

63 Viennese Opera Ball
February 28th, 2019
Video ©2019 ORF

Classic and Modern at the Life Ball 2014
Indian Holi at the town hall square
Video ©2014 Dominik Truschner

Opening 94th Elmayer-Kränzchen
March 4th, 2014

Video ©2014 Dominik Truschner

“Fliegermarsch” aus der Operette “Der fliegende Rittmeister” von Hermann Dostal – getanzt vom damals größten Eröffnungskomitee bei einer Balleröffnung mit insgesamt 260 Paaren!

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