The Vintage Dance Society cordially invites you to attend the annual Victorian Holiday Ball, Saturday, December 7, 2019, 8:00 to 11:00 p.m. at Keeney Memorial Hall, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, Connecticut (in historic Wethersfield, Connecticut, 5 miles south of downtown Hartford)
Marc Casslar & Martha Griffin, preceptors / Music by The New River Dance Orchestra
Mr. Casslar & Ms. Griffin will lead a workshop on Victorian era dances from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. on the day of the ball at Keeney Hall. (A Tea Dance will be held for ball attendees on Sunday in Bloomfield, CT). Dances will include the waltz, polka, gallop, schottische, mazurka, quadrilles & country dances. Beginners welcome. No prior experience with these dances required. All called dances will be talked through and prompted.
Tickets: $48 per person ($43 if registered by November 1) $20 for full-time students and for children (age 12 & under)
Tickets are non-refundable after November 15. Formal, period or military attire is encouraged. Confirmation of your registration will include information about hotels & any discount rates offered
Return to Mackinac Island 2020
May 29, 2020
We return to the site of the 2013 San Diego Vintage Dance Society (SDVDS) Dance Week, where since 1887 the Grand Hotel has beckoned guests to a bygone era of old-world hospitality and charm. Experience the tradition of Afternoon Tea in the Parlor, dressing up for dinner, nightly dancing to the sounds of the Grand Hotel Orchestra, and sitting in a rocking chair on the world???s longest porch with views of the Straits of Mackinac.
To this we will add our special flair (as was done before us by SDVDS in 2013). There?? will be an opportunity to dance the night away to the music of the Victorian and Ragtime Eras (and perhaps the 20s and 30s and more). There will be period balls, workshops in period dances, and opportunities to explore the island. Martha and I are currently working out the details with the hotel, teachers, and musicians.
To make this all happen, as in 2013, we are tying the dance week to the Grand Hotel's Titanic Weekend. The Titanic Weekend runs from Friday May 29 to Sunday May 31. For details on the Titanic Weekend:
The dance week will run from Sunday afternoon/evening May 31 to Thursday June 4. The last ball will be Wednesday night June 3. The cost for the dance week will be as follows:
If you pre-register before September 1, the cost will be between $450-$500 per person (or less depending upon the number of people that register and the final costs)
If you register after September 1, the cost will be $550 per person. If you register "late" (after November 1, 2019), the cost will be $600 per person
So that we can try to get a count on the number of guests we might expect, we are asking everyone to pre-register with a $50 pre-registration fee (which will be credited towards your registration). This fee will be fully refundable till at least November 1, 2019. This will allow us time to finalize all of the details, confirm all of the rates, and give you the opportunity to review!!
While 2020 prices have not been set, we expect the hotel costs (which includes the room, breakfast, and dinner) to be as follows (approximately):
Titanic Weekend (2 nights): ~$1,000 for a double/~$900 for a single (standard room).
Nightly Rate for Rooms for the dance week: ~$275/room/night (single or double).
(if you do not attend the Titanic Weekend, rooms for the four nights of the dance week will be ~$300 per person/double occupancy (per night)/~$500 per person/single occupancy (per night) - so their is significant savings if you attend the Titanic Weekend)
Rates quoted do not includes taxes, baggage fees, etc.
Pre-Registration Fee: $50 per person
The pre-registration fee is fully refundable until November 1, 2019. For questions contact Marc at 860-286-9191 or firstname.lastname@example.org
21st Annual Ball hosted by The Amherst Victorian Dance Society
November 09, 2019
The Amherst Victorian Dance Society will be having its 21st Annual Ball on November 9, 2019. It will be held at the Twentieth Century Club (TCC) on Delaware Ave., Buffalo, N.Y. (See picture of TCC vintage Ballroom below.) It is shaping up to be a very nice event. Also included are some pictures of our 2017 Ball and 2018 Ball. See "future events" tab on our website for further information. As details develop, we will stay in touch !
Treat yourself like royalty with a fancy night out. WGBY’s 2019 Masterpiece Ball featured the theme: "Victoria" on Masterpiece.
WHAT IS THE WGBY MASTERPIECE BALL?
It’s a period gala featuring:
Victorian-Inspired Costume Contest
Champagne Reception with Vintage Dance Demonstrations
Scottish Procession with Pipes and Drums
Four-Course Dinner with Wine (Inspired by Queen Victoria’s Chef Frankatelli)
Ballroom Dancing with 12-Piece Orchestra
(Under the Direction of Jeffrey Holmes with special vocalist Dawning Holmes)
Silent Benefit Auction
Get into character. Part of the fun of the Masterpiece Ball is donning thematic garb (in this case, Victorian era-inspired attire). Make sure your fancy costume is dance floor-ready. Don’t be afraid to go all out either — there will be a costume contest.
Bring your appetite. The night will begin with a cocktail jazz reception, complete with hors d'oeuvres. Then, it’s on to a full, four-course meal with wine and sweet desserts. See Last Year's Menu »
Be ready to move. The 12-piece Masterpiece Ball Orchestra will inspire trained ballroom dancers and novice party boogiers alike to kick up their heels. Bring your dance shoes for an extravagant night of music and movement.
The 2019 WGBY Masterpiece Ball is sponsored by PeoplesBank . AM Lithography is a media sponsor. Special thanks to the Log Cabin, Terroir Wine Group, Mole Hollow Candles, and Vintage Dance Society.
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