15th Annual Viennese Ball at the French Embassy: A Magical Night in Vienna with an evening of Music, Wine, Dinner, and Dance
Join us on your own or with friends for a grand celebration of Viennese music and dancing on a wooden floor to a classical orchestra with dinner, wine, and exquisite desserts. Experience the splendor and spirit of Vienna and elegance of the waltz as you meet ICDC Members.

Event Date

Friday, April 13, 2018 at 7:00 PM

Event Address

Embassy of France
4101 Reservoir Road NW
Washington DC 20007

Requested Attire

White Tie or Black Tie Optional (dark suits are also fine!). Vintage formal attire from the renaissance era or the 1900s welcome! The event will go ahead rain shine or snow. All guests must be 21 and over.

Event Description

You are cordially invited to a magical Viennese Ball at the French Embassy -- one of the grandest diplomatic venues in Washington DC for an unforgettable Viennese celebration of music, food, wine and dancing or a large wooden dance floor.

Enjoy a night of dancing to our classical orchestra or watch the twirling silhouettes on the dance floor move to the sounds of the world’s most beloved waltzes, and other dance music from around the world. The Salon Orchestra of Washington will perform the Strauss waltzes, ballroom music from around the world and the famous Radetsky Grand March, led by the popular Tanzmeister-couple Herbert and Carol Traxler. They will also invite you to join them in Strauss Fledermaus Quadrille #6, which is danced at all the major balls in Vienna.

Viennese Waltz Lessons & Viennese Ball Rehearsal Dance
A day before the Viennese Ball, learn to dance the Viennese Waltz, as it is danced in Vienna & experience one of the most elegant and romantic dances of all time. The lessons will be taught on a wooden dance floor at the Embassy of France. A partner or prior dance experience is not necessary to attend. The dance lessons will be taught by Herb & 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 DC area at the White House, Smithsonian, & many other venues. Space for the dance lessons is limited. Click here for details about the dance lessons.

Experience the elegant atmosphere of a European Ball, as well as meet international professionals and members of the diplomatic community. You do not need a date to attend. You are welcome to attend without a date, as we expect as many singles as couples. 

+ Attend on your own or with friends. You do not need a date to attend.
+ Dance on a large wooden dance floor.
+ Classical orchestra performing Viennese Waltzes and other dance music.
+ Exquisite selection of Viennese & French desserts.
+ Delectable Austrian dinner.
+ Viennese Waltz lessons presented at the French Embassy the day prior to the ball (See details)
+ Experience and take part in the Grand March and Quadrille as at a traditional Viennese Ball
+ Meet, network, and socialize ICDC members in an exquisite setting

Enjoy a Dinner Buffet of Austrian and European Delicacies for Benefactor Ticketholders
(Menu subject to change. The dinner buffet is presented from 7:00 PM to 7:50 PM)

Esterhazy Brisket of beef with mushroom and Pearl Onion
Bratwurst, Weisswurst, Debreziner Sausages served Viennese Style
Austrian style egg salad with asparagus
Palatschinke: Crape Suzettes Stuffed with Cheese and Cream
Spaetzle with peas and parsley along with Austrian egg noodles
Traditional Austrian side dish: Red cabbage with green apple
Assorted Bread

Indulge in Delectable Austrian & European Desserts: 
(Presented from 8:30 PM to 10:00 PM)

Viennese Sacher Torte
Decadent Chocolate Cake Layered with Chocolate Cream & Raspberry Jam
Delightful Almond Opera Torte with Coffee & Chocolate Cream
Mini Chocolate & Coffee Eclairs
Petite Fruit Mousse: Mango, Cassis, Passion fruit
Swan Shaped Cream Puffs with Whipped Cream
Fruit & Strawberry Tarts
Pistachio Almond Cookie with Pistachio Cream
Lemon Meringue Tart
Heavenly Chocolate mousse delights
Apple Strudel
See below for the video of a previous Viennese Ball at the Embassy of Austria. Our 2018 Viennese Ball is presented at the Embassy of France. Please note that the Viennese Ball is presented as a formal ball with dancing to an orchestra and not a seated event. As such though there will be a limited amount of seating offered at the event, kindly note that seating is not guaranteed at all times since space is maximized to allow for a large dance floor.


  $79.00 - 8:30 PM Admission Discounted General Admission Ticket:
Includes admission at 8:30 PM and dancing to music by the Salon Orchestra of Washington. The evening also includes an open bar with wine and a very lavish dessert buffet in the finest Viennese tradition. Please note that dinner is not served at this ticket level but you will be presented with a selection of exquisite desserts.

$159.00 - 7:00 PM Admission Discounted Gala Benefactor Tickets With Dinner:
In addition to General Admission benefits, Gala Benefactors enjoy admission at 7:00 PM, an intimate reception before the ball starts with music by a chamber duo, open bar during the reception with free-flowing champagne, an Austrian dinner buffet (7PM-7:50PM), and expedited check-in. Kindly note that the last dinner seating is at 7:50 PM.Event concludes at 11:30 PM with bar service ending at 11:15 PM.

$1250.00 - Gala Sponsor with Reserved Table:
Includes 6 Gala Benefactor tickets with 7:00 PM Admission along with your own reserved table during the gala. You will also be acknowledged during the welcome remarks for your generous support of our Viennese Ball.

Please note that online ticket sales are non-refundable. The current ticket prices are listed above. Please note that ticket prices are subject to increase as we approach the commencement of the event and we encourage you to reserve your tickets early, as space is limited.

The International Club of DC Thanks Our Sponsors


Event Agenda (May change)

The event will proceed as planned rain, shine, or snow.

7:00 PM Admission commences for Gala Benefactor Ticket Holders
- Classical duo performs during the VIP reception.
- Enjoy a glass of champagne during the VIP Reception
- Enjoy an elegant dinner buffet until 8:00 PM (Last dinner seating at 7:50 PM)

8:15 PM Classical duo takes break with recorded music played.

8:30 PM Admission commences for General Admission Ticket Holders
- The Orchestra performs until 11:30 PM.
- Dance to Viennese waltzes and other ballroom dance music
(Approx.: 75% Viennese Waltz with 25% other dance music to include: Polka, swing, & tango)
- Enjoy a very extravagant dessert reception in the finest Viennese tradition until 10:00 PM.

9:15 PM Orchestra takes a break with recorded music played.

9:30 PM Welcome Remarks, dance performance, and Grand March

9:45 PM Orchestra performs music for dancing

10:30 PM Quadrille

10:45 PM Orchestra performs music for dancing

11:15 PM Bar service ends

11:30 PM Gala Concludes

Agenda is tentative and is subject to change.


If driving, street parking will be available on Reservoir Road and throughout the surrounding neighborhoods. Also, there is a pay lot located across the street at Georgetown University Hospital. Due to security considerations, parking WILL NOT be available on the grounds of the Embassy of France. 

Please note that the map is enclosed below as a courtesy to you and for your convenience but we do not guarantee the accuracy of the map or the directions provided by Google. It is your responsibly to arrive safely and on time at the address of the event disclosed above.

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.