Opening dance

Want to dance in the opening dance?

The unique ambiance of De Duif on the Prinsengracht. Filled with ball guests in their best prom attire. A 22-piece orchestra. Chopin’s Polonaise as you walk up. Followed by Waltz No. 2 by Shostakovich. You and your dance partner perform the opening dance together with the rest of the dance group and the audience enjoys it. A magical moment. Does that sound good? Then read on.

What do we offer you?

  • An unforgettable experience in national heritage De Duif on the Prinsengracht.
  • Professional dance classes by Niek Koopmeiners.
  • Access to the ball, including a meal for the crew at 6 p.m. and two consumption vouchers.
  • A beautiful photo of you and your dance partner taken by our ball photographer.
  • And last, but not least: getting to know a really nice group of gala/dance enthusiasts!
Opening dance

What do we expect from you?

  • You are under the age of 30.
  • You preferably have some experience in Viennese Waltz (no prerequisite).
  • You preferably have a dance partner (can be of the same sex).
  • You have the right clothing (white tie or long evening dress).
  • You are available for three training sessions in Amsterdam in October/November 2024.
  • You will be available from 3:30 p.m. on the day of the ball (November 16, 2024).

What does it cost?

Participation in the opening dance costs 50 euros per person. For this, you will receive a complete package: three professional dance lessons, access to the ball, a meal at 6 p.m. on the day of the ball, two consumption vouchers and a photo of you and your dance partner taken by our ball photographer.
Are you unable to participate in the opening dance for financial reasons? Please contact organizer Marco van der Noordaa. Maybe we can work out a solution. Do you know someone who can provide financial support for the ball? Then please point him/her to our Support us page.

How can I apply?

Do you want to participate in the opening dance and do you meet the above conditions? Then apply as soon as possible, but no later than September 1 via this form. After your application, we will contact you to complete your registration.


Do you have any questions about the opening dance? Please send a message to You can expect a response within a few days.