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Hail a partner: Vienna 'taxi dancers' waltz in for ball seasonIt's her third Vienna ball of the season and Renate Drabek plans to dance until the small hours. Vienna's famous ball season, which peaks in January and February, is where hard-headed business sense meets more than 100 years of tradition, whether it's hiring someone to dance with, taking a crash course in waltzing or handing out promotional freebies.Some 450 balls organized in the Austrian capital through the winter are expected to attract more than 500,000 revelers, mostly from Vienna, while about 55,000 of them are visitors from abroad.Rono Alam is one of the season's entrepreneurs: several times a week he's a "taxi dancer," accompanying female ball lovers who need a partner.Austria's chamber of commerce expects ball guests to spend a record 139 million euros ($172 million) this season – 8 million more than last year, or 275 euros more on average per guest.Now there is a ball for every taste.
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