By Maria Gregoriou
This Saturday night you shall go to the ball and be part of a glamorous socialising event where Champagne will be served, along with a gala dinner, a fashion show and lots of dancing.
The ball in question being the fifth Charity Vienna Ball in Cyprus at the Hilton Hotel in Nicosia at 7pm.
Although this is one of the most glamorous events on the island and an annual social event which many people look forward to, its cause is much greater than its entertainment quality as all profits will go to the Help a Child with Special Needs Foundation.
The foundation will also use these funds to support the Panayia Semistrelinaya church in Larnaca, as well as supporting young talented artists in Cyprus.
This really is an opportunity for you to feel like you are going to a grand event as some of the guests who will be attending are politicians and diplomats, representatives of culture and science, and members of business circles from Austria, Russia, Cyprus and other countries.
Socialising and making new contacts are not the only things that should be on your card for the night. The ball will start traditionally, with a symphony orchestra accompanying the grand opening by debutante dance couples. An array of dances, including Waltzes, Polkas, Quadrille, and Gallops, will be played until the early morning hours, so instead of glass slippers bring a pair of Uggs to give your dancing feet a rest.
The night will follow a strict programme: doors open at 7pm and at 7.30pm when all the guests have arrived and started to chit-chat, there will be a welcome champagne reception.
You will enjoy the sparkling wine until 8.30pm when the ball’s official opening ceremony will be performed by Karl Mulluer, the ambassador of the republic of Austria in Cyprus.
At 8.45pm all present will be addressed by Michael Haupl, the Mayor of Vienna.
After all the formalities, the ball will be opened at 8.50pm by the Debutantes dance to choreography by the director of the Professional Artistic Russian school Fly-in-dance in Nicosia, Tatiana Zenevich.
The gala dinner will be served at 9.15pm, followed by a fashion show of ball dresses at 9.40pm and a charity auction at 10pm.
After you have had dinner, seen some ball dresses walk up and down the run-way, and had some bidding fun, the dance floor will be open for everyone at 10.30pm.
But if you don’t know how to dance the dances, don’t worry, at least you can learn how to do the Polka at 11pm with a master dance class by Zenevich.
After you have the Polka down, there will be live music by the orchestra at 11.30pm until the end of the ball at 2am.
Make sure to take your long evening or ball dress or tuxedo to the dry cleaners to be ready for Saturday.
Fifth Charity Vienna Ball
Gala dinner, fashion show, dancing, and charity auction. March 7. Hilton Hotel, Nicosia. 7pm. €100/60/25. Tel: 97-810022