Highlights of the 41st annual Viennese Balls

The traditional ball remains extremely popular and successful in its 41st year


Photo by Anna Mateffy

The Singing Statesmen sang five pieces, including the Austrian National Anthem before the dancing began.

Story by Words by Sami West and Photos by Anna Mateffy

UW-Eau Claire’s annual Viennese Ball far from disappointed in its 41st year. From those responsible for the event to those who simply arrived to take part in the two-day spectacle of “Vienna,” a transformed Davies Center, a magical time was had.

Lindy Clark, freshman Nursing major employed by Usher Corps, had an “amazing” experience, despite working a total of 19 hours between the two nights.

“The best part was IDing everyone, and getting to see them as they went inside,” Clark said. “And, of course, seeing Davies transform was another favorite part.”

Freshman elementary and special education major Amanda Scherer, who both volunteered and attended the event, was astounded by all the night had to offer.

“I didn’t expect there to be so much to see and do,” Scherer said. “There was no time to be bored.”

The musicians behind the popular and varying musical selections of the Viennese Ball were also able to appreciate the event.

Charlie Plaziak, sophomore geology and Spanish major and member of the University Orchestra, only played three sets each night, which allowed him the “complete V-Ball experience.”

“The dancing was actually very fun,” Plaziak said.

Though overall impressed by the event, Plaziak felt the night was more geared toward those of legal drinking age.

“The night seems extremely geared towards the ‘21 and up crowd,’” Plaziak said. “Granted, that is the majority, and you can’t blame them for that, because they have to market to their main audience.”

Overall, Karen Stuber, executive director of the event, feels “fantastic” about this year’s Viennese Ball.

Both nights were sold out, yet felt the crowds were not too large for the venue this year.

“The comment cards came back and there were very few suggestions made,” Stuber said. “Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, and they were quite thankful for the volunteers who made this event happen.”