Austrian Embassy
Viennese Waltz Lessons

Learn how to dance the Viennese Waltz, as it is danced in Vienna, in time for our Austrian Embassy Viennese Ball.
No partner or prior experience needed to sign up.

Dance lessons followed by time to practice as you meet other participants and gala attendees.

Whether you plan to attend our Viennese Ball at Austrian Embassy or would simply like to learn how to dance the Viennese Waltz, as it is danced in Vienna, don't miss this rare opportunity to learn how to dance one of the most elegant and romantic dances of all time. The lessons will be taught on a wooden dance floor at the Austrian Embassy, one of the most magnificent embassies in Washington DC.

During the lessons Austrian wine (served to guests 21+) and other drinks will be available for purchase at the cash bar. Please bring cash for the cash bar and note that the dance lessons does not include food so please plan to have dinner before or after the event.

The Viennese waltz lessons will be taught by Herb and Carol Traxler. A Native of Austria, Herbert Traxler with his wife Carol Traxler have taught the Viennese waltz to hundreds of enthusiastic dancers in the Washington, DC, area -- at the White House, Smithsonian, and other venues around town. Their Viennese waltz lessons include the Viennese waltz (Linkswalzer, Rechtswalzer, hesitation step), posture, dance etiquette, and the Handkuss (hand kiss), as well as an introduction to the Viennese balls and to the Viennese waltz music of the Strauss dynasty. The Traxlers will be glad to answer your questions about the Viennese waltz as well as the upcoming Viennese Ball.

Attend on your own or with friends

Each year, we celebrate the arrival of spring with Viennese Waltz lessons in time for our magical Viennese Ball. This year, you are cordially invited to join us at the Embassy of Austria to indulge in an evening of Viennese Waltz lessons and learn to dance one of the most elegant and romantic dances of the world!

The lessons are well-attended by both singles and couple alike so you are welcome to attend on your own or with friends. Prior dance experience is not needed to attend. Meet and socialize with diplomats, distinguished guests, and diverse professionals from DC and around the world.

The Program

~ Program ~
The event will proceed as planned rain, shine, or snow.
Agenda is tentative and is subject to change.

You are welcome to arrive at 6:30 PM before the event starts at 7:00 PM, so you can relax with some Austrian wine served at the cash bar.

7:00 PM Admission commences for 7PM Viennese Waltz Lesson
~ Check in at the Austrian Embassy
~ Enjoy Austrian wine at the cash bar
~ Meet other attendees
~ Viennese Waltz lesson
~ After the lesson practice dancing the Viennese Waltz to recorded music
9:30 PM Event Concludes

The Embassy is located about 3 blocks from the Van Ness Metro station. Parking for the Austrian Embassy Viennese Ball is limited to street parking in the vicinity of the Austrian Embassy. There will be no parking available at the Austrian Embassy. Due to the limited availability of parking, Uber, a cab or another transportation arrangement is highly recommended. For Metro directions, please call (202) 637 7000.

Parking is limited to street parking in the vicinity of the venue. Kindly note that, as is the case in most major cities, the availability of street parking in Washington DC is limited and beyond our control. Due to the limited availability of parking, we highly recommend a cab, Uber/Lyft or other transportation option. The event start at the designated time so please allow sufficient time for traffic/travel/transportation and parking as these factors are beyond our control. 

Can I attend on my own?

You don't need a date to attend as both singles & couples attend the Viennese waltz lessons. Attend on your own or with friends to learn how to dance one of the world's most elegant and romantic dances in the warm & friendly company of other internationally-minded professionals! Our members are friendly, outgoing, and a diverse group of internationally-minded professionals.

How is admission handled?

All guests must arrive at the Registration Desk for admission with Photo ID matching the name on the guest list. Reservations are released only to the member who made the reservation o if you made multiple reservations, please arrive for registration together with your guests.

What do I wear?

We suggest cocktail attire for attendees of the Viennese Waltz lessons. Please wear leather soled shoes that allows you to dance easily on the wooden floor.