Elegant Evening of English Country Dances of the Jane Austen Era
May 09, 2020
The Vintage Dance Society & The Jane Austen Society of North America, Connecticut Region cordially invites you to attend: An Elegant Evening of English Country Dances of the Jane Austen Era
Saturday, May 9, 2020, 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Keeney Memorial Hall, 200 Main Street, Wethersfield, Connecticut (in historic Wethersfield, 5 miles south of downtown Hartford)
Prompting by Martha Griffin
In the afternoon: Spare Parts: Bill Matthiesen, Liz Stell & Eric Buddington. In the evening: Mary Lea, Kate Barnes & Anna Patton
A workshop will be held the day of the ball at Keeney Hall from 3:00 - 5 p.m. Beginners Welcome
The Dances (to be selected from the following):
The Bishop, Dover Pier, Duke of Kent’s Waltz, Knole Park, Leather Lake House, Long Odds, Midnight Ramble, Money in Both Pockets, Northdown Waltz, The Physical Snob, Prince of Glo’s’ter’s Waltz, Ramsgate Assembly, The Spaniard, Splendid Shilling, Take a Dance, Trip to Tunbridge, The Triumph, Zephyrs and Flora
All dances will be talked through and prompted.
Formal or period attire (circa 1811-1820) is encouraged. Several workshops will be held prior to the ball, though the number of participants will be limited. Information about the workshops will be sent to Ball registrants
Tickets: $42 per person ($37 if registered by April 12). Tickets are non-refundable after May 1
For questions contact: Martha Griffin at 860-655-9220 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sponsored by: The Vintage Dance Society. Co-sponsored by The Jane Austen Society of North America, Connecticut Region
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 will be tying the week to a themed weekend. This year it will be a Downton Abbey themed weekend from Friday night, May 29th, through Saturday night (you need to do the weekend to get the discounted room rate for the rest of the dance week!!)
Then on Sunday morning we are going back in time to the regency period (think Jane Austen) for the beginning of the dance week. The dance Sunday night will be Regency with lots of set dances (early English country Dances). If you are concerned about doing the regency fancy footwork let us put your mind and feet at ease. We will be "walking" during the set dances (as we do in Victorian Era set dances) no chasse, jete, assemble requested or required.
The rest of the week will include the "usual" - Victorian, Ragtime, and Twenties!!
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 Downton Abbey themed weekend and the dance week is $595 (exclusive of hotel and some miscellaneous extras) (this fee assumes you are staying at the Grand Hotel).
The cost for your stay for six nights at the Grand Hotel is as follows:
Downton Abbey Weekend (2 nights): ~$1,015 for a double/~$915 for a single (standard room) (~$1,144 for a double/~$1,035 for a single [standard room] with taxes, luggage fee, and roundtrip ferry)
Four extra room nights for the dance week: $259/room/night (single or double) (~$283/room/night [single or double] with taxes - approximate total for the four nights - $1,132)