Change of the beginning of the event from 6 pm to 7.30 pm.
The program is based on a musical part but also on a spoken word that will be given in Czech language only. The program will not be supplied with English subtitles.
An evening at the Rudolfinum with the swishing of hoop skirts, the swirling of fans, and colourful costumes from every corner of our country – that is what it probably would have looked like more than a hundred years ago if our majestic building was overflowing with patriots who loved Czech music and dancing.
So please accept this invitation to a little dancing course. Learn the polka, waltz, sousedská, mazurka, kvapík (gallop), třasák (“shaking dance”)… And also the Czech beseda, the original Czech quadrille that conquered the world.
Regular dance lessons at the Rudolfinum with music by Antonín Dvořák, Bedřich Smetana, and other Czech composers will conclude with a big ball featuring a live band!
So, then... Shall we dance?
Dress code for the ball: evening attire of the second half of the 19th century (ladies: hoop skirt or bustle, gentlemen: tails or suit with stand-up collar). You can get the right clothes through clothing rental services.
The ball ticket includes introduction about the customs and traditions at balls of the period (What is it we are going to tomorrow? 23rd April 2022 at 4.30 and 5.30 p.m.) and teaching of the basic dance steps (What are we going to dance? 23rd April at 6 and 9 p.m.) in the Rudolfinum.
We are also preparing long-term dance course for the public. You are welcome but not required to come in pairs. The dates of classes and other information are available here.
The photo is owned by the Museum and Gallery in Česká Lípa.