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When in Vienna, dance to the beat of the multicultural drum (12 images)

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The waltz, ballet and opera - you name it, Vienna is a stronghold of classical dance styles. Its schools strive to update their methods all the while maintaining their quality. New generations are even incorporating touches of Israeli, Anglo-Saxon, Hungarian and traditional dance into their nightlife, on the streets or up a pole... Special focus by French photographer Bertrand Orsal who captures the multicultural essence of a Viennese birthright

This article is part of the sixth edition in cafebabel.com’s 2012 feature focus series on multiculturalism in Europe. Many thanks to the team at cafebabel.com Vienna

Charity moves

When in Vienna, you must attend a ball. Pictured, an image from the opening waltz of Dancer Against Cancer at the Hofburg palace (Image: © Bertrand Orsal for 'Multikulti' aka 'multiculturalism on the ground' by cafebabel.com, Vienna 2012)

Dance vs cancer

Swing and tango are not exempt from balls... (Image: © Bertrand Orsal for 'Multikulti' aka 'multiculturalism on the ground' by cafebabel.com, Vienna 2012)

Star academy

Former ballet dancer and Slovakian choreographer Boris Nebyla (left), teaches professors at his classical dance academy, Dance Arts. The international team, coming from countries as diverse as Israel, Canada and Japan, are training their students (right) for the Vienna state opera ballet school (Image: © Bertrand Orsal for 'Multikulti' aka 'multiculturalism on the ground' by cafebabel.com, Vienna 2012)

Future dancers

In Boris Nebyla's classes, the atmosphere is easy. His methods are based on encouragement to be a future star whilst still managing to maintain the strict teaching of old (Image: © Bertrand Orsal for 'Multikulti' aka 'multiculturalism on the ground' by cafebabel.com, Vienna 2012)

Street ballet

Marie-Therese Lind, ballet dancer and actress, in front of typical Viennese street art (Image: © Bertrand Orsal for 'Multikulti' aka 'multiculturalism on the ground' by cafebabel.com, Vienna 2012)

Le ballet du cabaret

Mademoiselle Lind took her inspiration from experiences abroad. She spent a year learning the cancan at the French cabaret La Nouvelle Eve (Image: © Bertrand Orsal for 'Multikulti' aka 'multiculturalism on the ground' by cafebabel.com, Vienna 2012)

Carmen La Muse

The model Carmen La Muse on stage with the team from the Alternative Paint Cabaret during their show Plastic. The choreography is by Israeli make-up artist Shlomit Migay (far right). Songs are accompanied by live body painting performances and dance (Image: © Bertrand Orsal for 'Multikulti' aka 'multiculturalism on the ground' by cafebabel.com, Vienna 2012)

Cabaret, alternative music and fine-art body paint

The Alternative Paint Cabaret team warm up before the show. From left to right, Viktoria Lau, Chris Christian and Ini Ziegler (Image: © Bertrand Orsal for 'Multikulti' aka 'multiculturalism on the ground' by cafebabel.com, Vienna 2012)

Soviet cave

Young dancers at the Ost Klub, which takes its inspiration from soviet styles (Image: © Bertrand Orsal for 'Multikulti' aka 'multiculturalism on the ground' by cafebabel.com, Vienna 2012)

Balkan dance

The performers tonight are Volxtanz, a ska-Balkan jazz group (Image: © Bertrand Orsal for 'Multikulti' aka 'multiculturalism on the ground' by cafebabel.com, Vienna 2012)

Hungarian break

Street Life Supreme, a Hungarian breakdance group, meet regularly at the foot of St Stephen's cathedral on Vienna's main square, Stephansplatz (Image: © Bertrand Orsal for 'Multikulti' aka 'multiculturalism on the ground' by cafebabel.com, Vienna 2012)

Hold tight

Mona Arbinger is the founder of PoleArts, the first pole dancing school in Venue where the Anglo-Saxon originating discipline has recently become very popular (Image: © Bertrand Orsal for 'Multikulti' aka 'multiculturalism on the ground' by cafebabel.com, Vienna 2012)

This article is part of the sixth edition in cafebabel.com’s 2012 feature focus series on multiculturalism in Europe. Many thanks to the team at cafebabel.com Vienna

Translated from Multiculturalisme : Vienne rentre dans la danse

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