The magic of a dream night, in a setting of absolute beauty in the heart of the most romantic city in the world: welcome to the Venice Debutante Grand Ball! The Parade in St. Mark's Square alongside your knight, the coronation in the oldest and most prestigious hotel in Venice, the Hotel Danieli, the greedy stop at the Grancaffè Quadri, the oldest in the world founded in 1720, the journey by gondola from San Marco at the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, the triumphal entry into the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, the dancing evening with the live symphony orchestra, the Gourmet Gala dinner and the conferral of the "Queen of the Waltz" Awards and "King of the Waltz" are some of the highlights of the most glamorous ball of the year, the Venice Grand Ball of Debutantes!
The prestigious Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista opens its doors to dance for the first time since its foundation in 1261 until now, offering to guests from all over the world an absolutely exclusive event in the entire history of Venice!
This is how you can apply as a debutante at The Venice Debutante Grand Ball.
THE MAGIC BEGINS on the 28th of April
For you Debutante the magic of the Venice Gran Ball of Debutante will begin the day before the event.
You will do with your partner the choreography rehearsals of the parade of the entrance procession in the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista and some waltzer steps with the live orchestra.
THE CORONATION - 29th of April
From 16.30 to 17.30.
In the oldest and most iconic hotel in Venice, the Hotel Danieli, escorted by your partner, you will experience the coronation, a glamorous moment in which the Crown of the Venice Grand Ball Of Debutante will be placed on your head. In the history of Venice, Hotel Danieli has been a magical place for encounters that have made history such as Callas and Aristotele Onassis.
Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice in 2023 is proud to celebrate its 200 hotel activity anniversary as the spearhead of Venetian hospitality and the glamorous lounge of the city's cosmopolitan elite since 1822.
PARADE IN SAN MARCO SQUARE
From 17.30 to 18.00
Coming to Venice and not experiencing the breathtaking beauty of St. Mark's Square is impossible.
After the coronation at the Hotel Danieli you will go out for the parade arm in arm with your partner and you will cross the Ponte della Paglia and you will have the opportunity to admire the Bridge of Sighs. Then you will reach Piazza San Marco, you will pass in procession in front of the precious Basilica of San Marco and you will pass by San Marco Bell tower.
You will feel like time is standing still for a moment while admiring the great beauty and the magical location that surrounds you and you will fix that in your memory forever!
A CUDDLE IN THE OLDEST BAR IN THE WORLD
From 18.00 to 18.45
The Piazza San Marco Association is pleased to invite you for a very special time after the parade: a cuddle in the legendary Grancaffè Quadri in Piazza San Marco. It is the oldest café in the world, founded in 1683 where intellectuals, politicians and celebrities of all times have lived extraordinary moments of their lives.
THE DREAM CONTINUES ON THE GONDOLA...
From 6.45pm to 7.30pm
...FROM PIAZZA SAN MARCO TO SCUOLA GRANDE SAN GIOVANNI EVANGELISTA
After this moment of conviviality at Grancaffè Quadri, you will arrive in procession alongside your Partner to the two Columns of the Piazzetta and there you will find the Gondolas, one of the oldest and most iconic symbols of Venice, waiting for you. In the undoubtedly most Romantic means of transport in the world, rocked by the water of the lagoon of Venice, cruising among canals, you will reach the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista, and there you will start your magical evening of Dancing!
For the Debutante and VIP the program continues and for guests it starts from here
RED CARPET AND APERITIF
From 19.30 to 20.30
For all invited Debutants and Guests, the arrival at the Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista is preceded by the Passage on the Red Carpet. You will then walk on the Red Carpet like a princess for a night, and once you have registered at the Reception in the Historic Hall of the Scuola Grande San Giovanni, you will go on the first noble floor for an aperitif in the Great Hall of San Giovanni.
THE MARCH DANCES OF RADEZKY BEGIN FOR THE ENTRANCE COURT
From 20.30 to 20.40
The ceremonial announces the entry of the ChamberOrchestra4U orchestra and its conductor Mº Silvia Casarin Rizzolo who with the famous drum roll of the Radezky March will start the entry of the Debutantes. Arm in Arm with your partner, you will then enter triumphantly on the Notes of the most famous march in the world in the Gran Salone San Giovanni in front of the international audience of Guests.
THE DANCERS OF THE TEATRO ALLA SCALA
From 20.40 to 21.00
As tradition dictates in the most famous edition of this historic and beloved event, that of the Vienna Opera Ball, the opening Cameo is danced by the excellence of Dance. The Venice Grand Ball of Debutante presents a tribute to Dance with the Dancers of the most prestigious and famous theater in the world Teatro alla Scala in Milan, who will perform in duos and ensembles.
THE MOST FAMOUS WALTZERS IN THE WORLD
From 21.00 to 21.50
After the tribute to the dance of the dancers of the Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Mº Casarin Rizzolo, the first Conductor to conduct the orchestra of the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, will open the musical part of the Ball for all the guests. You will dance as a protagonist on the notes of the Waltzers and the most famous and loved polkas in the world … kaiser Waltzer, Bel Blue Danube, Roses of the South, Voices of Spring and many others...
THE GOURMET GALA DINNER
From 21.50 to 23.00
Chef Tino Vettorello, Chef of the Stars, Official Chef of the Venice Film Festival will create for you the Gourmet Gala Dinner of the Venice Gran Ball Of Debutante inspired by the musical theme of the evening. The dinner will take place in the hall on the Ground floor. The accompanying wines are from the Le Magnolie Winery. The open bar will remain open throughout the evening!
QUEEN OF THE WALTZ AND KING OF THE WALTZ AWARD AND THE MIDNIGHT QUADRILLE
From 23.00 to 24.00
After the Gala Gourmet dinner you will go to the noble floor with all the guests for a moment of great phatos. The Direction Of the Venice Grand Ball of Debutante, through the nominations and the required compilation of the registration form, will select the two winners and confer the two prizes, Queen Of the Waltz and King of the Waltz to the couple who will have Distinguished themselves the most.
The Crown, the cufflinks and the plate Award will be awarded by an institutional figure from the city of Venice, and by the godmother of the Event. If you are the chosen couple, after the coronation, you will dance as a protagonist a tribute to the Italian Style Walzer taken from the famous film “Il Gattopardo” by Luchino Visconti: the Walzer Rota / Verdi. This is also a tribute to the Oldest film festival in the world in Lido of Venice. After the award ceremony, you will dance other famous and beloved songs until the midnight quadrille which, as tradition dictates, will mark the end of the Venice Gran Ball of Debutante.
To be admitted to The Venice Debutante Grand Ball you must be between 16 and 25 years old.:
-you have a very good left-turn waltzing skills;
-you are between 16 and 25 years old.
Then we look foward to reciving your application! Please understand that applying couples will be admited on a preferred basis (individual application by exception only).
After you purchase your ticket you will have 5 days to fill the registration form.
Filling in the description form that you will find below is mandatory and will give you the opportunity to apply for the selection of the Awards:
"QUEEN OF THE WALTZ" and "KING OF THE WALTZ"
If you are declared a "Queen of the Waltz" Award winner you will win the Debutante Tiara and Plaque Award.
If you are proclaimed winner of the "King of the Waltz" Award you will win Princely Icon Twins and the Plaque Award.
The following rehearsals have been scheduled for the preparatory phase:
- 1 main rehearsals for all couples at the Grand Salone at Scuola Grande di San Giovanni Evangelista (April 28th, 2023).
LADIES: black skirt, white blouse, no rubber sole shoes.
GENTLEMAN: black suit, white shirt, tie, no rubber sole shoes.
- white ball gown (no crinoline, no glittering applications);
- white elbow-length gloves;
- light-coloured shoes (either white, gold, silver, nude or rosé);
- hairstyle: a pinned-up ball hairstyle is compulsory;
- white coat (for the S. Marco Square Parade and the Red Carpet).
- black tailcoat;
- white waistcoat;
- white gloves;
- white bow tie;
- black patent leather shoes;
- black socks;
- hairstyle: please trim your beard if you don’t have it, hair neatly brushed, possibly styled using gel, no loose hair (if you have long hair, it must be tightly tied in a ponytail);
- black coat (for the S. Marco Square Parade and the Red Carpet).
- FFP2 mask, according with Italian Ministry of Health, if still valid for the date of the event.