(D)ance became popular in Vienna when it was forbidden to do so back in 1800’s (…). Dance was really only allowed by the emperor at that time (…).
I was most curious about how it had remained so popular – especially among the young teenagers, in this world of ever-changing fads and pop culture. (W)hat boy wants to wear white gloves and learn etiquette when you can hang out on Youtube and watch Lady Gaga videos? Apparently the kids of Vienna like the tradition of the balls in addition to MTV and Facebook. Present day balls begin at 10PM and end at 4AM, but are formal in nature with men dressed in tuxes and women in gowns. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the ball culture has changed a bit over time to accommodate the changing times. (…)
After reading the text and watching photos, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. Have you ever been to a dancing party? What kind of party was it? Where? When? Did you like it?
2. What are your main associations with Vienna? Is “dance” one of them?
3. Do you know an old tradition that is still surprisingly popular? What tradition is it?