When I was nine, ten years old, I remember looking at the oldest girls in my ballet academy, wanting to do the dances they did, wear the “grown-ups” tutus, be able to perform the way they did. Some dances and choreographers were iconic, and we dreamed to perform them when we’d be older. 

One of those dances was choreographed to this song. It was a mix of styles, half the dancers performing contemporary-classic and the other half flamenco. It was called Contrastes, and, on my last year at my ballet school, I was able to perform it. 


‘An der schönen blauen Donau’

A New Year tradition I hold on to is Neujahrskonzert der Wiener Philharmoniker, aka Vienna’s Philarmonic orchestra New Year’s Concert. Two pieces are never missing: Strauss‘ Radetzky March and the Blue Danube. I prefer the latter. For a long time, I took ballet classes, even joined a semi-professional company in my dance school. And on my last year at that school, we performed this waltz. It was one of the most demanding classical choreographies we ever danced and -of course-one of the most beautiful. 

This is the performance of that piece in the New Year’s concert from a few years back, conducted by Daniel Barenboim.