“Not less” than her entire life is dedicated to dancing, says Maria Santner. In 2009, the 36-year-old from Wels became state champion in amateur standard dances together with her brother Christoph. What followed was, among other things, the opening of his own dance school in Wels, a jury seat on the ORF broadcast “Dancing Stars” and being responsible for the opening choreography of the debutantes at the Vienna Opera Ball.
In Vienna “feel at home”
Santner will also play a key role at the opening of this year’s Upper Austrian Ball, which will take place on June 17th in the Vienna City Hall: “My brother and I have come up with a very special show for it”, says Santer. A piece from the Bad Ischl Lehar Festival is danced to. Santner does not want to reveal exactly what the deposit will look like. “In any case, appropriate to the occasion, people dance in traditional costumes”says Santner.
Also as a guest is Santner, who is also the official ambassador, “always my pleasure” at the Upper Austrian Ball. “It’s fascinating for me what the organizers in Vienna put together every year”, says Santer. In the middle of the federal capital you suddenly feel like you are on the evening of the ball “like at home”. The ball is always an opportunity to meet old acquaintances and friends. The venue is with the town hall “unique in terms of atmosphere”.
“One dance can change everything”
In any case, there will be enough musical accompaniment to the dance for young and old on June 17th. Beginning with classical dance music from the Big Band Project and pop music from singer Julian le Play to electronic sounds from DJ Rene Rodrigezz, everyone gets their money’s worth on June 17th.
And what advice does the professional dancer Santner give to all non-dancers? “People should just dare to hit the dance floor and not be shy”, says Santer. Have a dance together “the potential to be life changing”. Santner met her husband through dancing.
Tickets to the ball
A ticket for the Upper Austrian Ball costs 72.50 euros. For young people between the ages of 18 and 26, the card costs 40 euros. Holders of an OÖNcard receive a 10 euro discount on every ball ticket. Tickets are available at oboesterreicherball.at.