The ordinary dances don't get photographed as often as the balls do (everyone always wants to take photos when they're all dressed up), but Katie took an ordinary dance photo last night. :)
I am tired of not having a list of times and locations for English Dance weekends (on the off-chance that I should feel available some weekend), so I decided I'd create a list. If you see dances I missed, let me know.
Mar 2nd Weekend Spring Dancefest (Durham, NC)
Mar 2nd Weekend Set for Spring (rotates b/w Austin, Dallas, Houston, and OKC)
Mar Final weekend Playford Ball weekend (Nashville, TN)
Apr 1st weekend Spring Maggot (Pittsburg, PA)
April Final Weekend John C Campbell School’s weekend
EOM April Cascadia (Seattle, WA)
Labor Day weekend High Tea (St Louis, MO)
Sept Final Weekend Fandango (Atlanta, GA)
Oct 2nd Weekend Fall Maggot (Pittsburg, PA)
Oct 3rd Weekend Harvest Moon (Chicago, IL)
Oct 3rd Weekend Sharpes Assembly (Sebring, FL)
Oct 3rd Weekend Fall Frolick (Santa Cruz, CA)
Oct 4th weekend Columbus ECD weekend (Columbus, OH)
Oct EOM/Nov BOM Fairfield’s Adv dance weekend (Fairfield, IA)
This facebook event page should be open to anyone to view, and a couple of us have been sharing our photos: https://www.facebook.com/events/438795422948180/
We had our mandatory "pretty dresses" pictures:
A few of the gentlemen were also enticed to pose for the camera (mostly those who had come in costume):
Most people don't have a Regency gown stashed away in the closet, ready to pull out for the next ball. That is FINE. All you need is something fancy (modern is fine) to attend the ball.
However, if have the desire to make one, the following are what I see available at the moment (the first four can be bought at any local Joann's or Hancock Fabric store):
If you're looking at your calendar, make sure to put these dates on it. VERY important dates. :)
Time and place for the annual Jane Austen ball have been settled! Everyone familiar with Immanuel Lutheran? ;) Beginner lessons 6:30-7, the dance is 7-10. But even if you're not a beginner, think about arriving around 6:30 anyways, because everyone will want to set their stuff down and chat and take pictures of all the fancy clothes. Regency attire is NOT REQUIRED (we don't expect everyone to have Regency gowns stashed away in their closets)... just wear something elegant. :) Oh, previous experience is also not required.
The national organization is sending absolutely awesome instructors to LAWRENCE! This means we don't have to travel for hours and hours to get the most renowned teachers and musicians in the business! I am so EXCITED! Make sure you have a few different pairs of super-comfy shoes, because you do NOT want blisters to drag you down. :)
The English Dance events relevant to us should be scheduled on the weekend: Nov 20-22nd. I believe the 17-19th is reserved for children in schools. If you want your child's school to be a part of this, contact Jill Allen of the Lawrence English Dance group and submit your plea. :)
I am so thrilled that I managed to talk Martha Edwards (violinist from St Louis) into joining our own Rebecca Bell (our own pianist). Martha plays with so much personality that it's a delight to hear her play, and Rebecca is, as always, amazing on the piano. An absolute pleasure to dance to the music.
Minor mishaps and glitches throughout the evening did keep us on our toes... Things certainly didn't flow as seamlessly as they did in April. Regardless, it was a lovely evening, and I hope everyone had fun.
Keep in mind the Jane Austen ball in November... we can have a sewing party in July for the people who need encouragement to work on making something to wear. I've made a number of gowns and will share what knowledge I have, and we have a talented seamstress who is ready and willing to donate time, energy, and her machine to the effort. You don't need to know how to sew going into this... just bring the materials you'll need to bring and join us on July 12th!
Next dance is August 1st. I look forward to seeing you then!
Well, I can't say I didn't have the camera with me, but did I pull it out? Nope. I think I try to be everywhere at once at dances and can get more than a little scatter-brained. But still, there was a Jane Austen Ball AND a Halloween Masquerade, everyone was all dressed up and lovely at both dances, and I manage not a single picture! I need to make friends with more people who actually use their cameras... Feel free to send me pictures or post pictures in the comments here if you have some so that I don't feel too deprived. :(
KCEnglishDance is hosting dances on Oct 4 and Dec 6. I'll probably do a Nov 1 Halloween dance, assuming I actually put things into motion. Come dance in your Halloween costumes! Though keep in mind what would be safe to dance in.
The Jane Austen club is having their Harvest Ball on Oct 18. It's downtown. Find something pretty to wear and come! http://www.jasnakc.org/jane-austen-regency-ball.html
Of course, we have the monthly dance in Lawrence... It's going to be 4th Sundays instead of 3rd Sundays for August, September, and October. Jill and I are talking about putting together an advanced dance sometime on the second weekend of Sept. Will update the blog when I know when/where. http://www.kansasfolk.org/english/
St Louis is having a Contra/English dance weekend on Labor Day weekend. I go every year for English dance on Saturdays... there are two workshops and an evening ball on Aug 30. You should come! http://www.childgrove.org/hightea
Fairfield is having their Bare Necessities Advanced Dance weekend in Fairfield, IA. It's about the same distance as St Louis. Whole weekend of dancing, and it's so much fun to dance with really good dancers. http://fairfolk.org/node/59