Jane Austen Ball Weekend
Our 8th Annual in Rochester, NY
Saturday and Sunday, May 3 & 4, 2014
An English Country dance weekend including a Regency period Ball, an experienced dance, practice sessions, and good food!
We have a printable flyer.
This event co-sponsored by CDR and the Rochester Chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America.
Schedule of Ball and pre-Ball events
April 6, 13 & 27: Ball preparatory sessions, 3:30—5:30 pm, at our regular English dance location. $5 per class. For those interested in renting a costume, Lisa Brown of Regency Rentals will be at the first two sessions with her collection of Regency Ball apparel.
Saturday, May 3 (all events at our regular English dance location):
3:00—5:30 pm: Ball practice for all (led by Judi Rivkin), followed by a potluck dinner (all welcome; food contributions encouraged but not necessary).
7:00—10:00 pm: Experienced English dance. An evening of challenging but rewarding dances and old favorites, not limited to the Regency period. Solid familiarity with English country dancing assumed — basic figures will not be taught and walk-throughs will be minimal.
On Sunday, May 4, we will repair to one of Rochester’s most elegant country clubs:
10:00 am—noon: Ball dance review, focusing on the more challenging dances, followed by an elegant buffet lunch, and time for dressing (changing rooms available). Hall open at 9:30 am.
2:00—5:30 pm: the Ball, at the same location, with sumptuous refreshments mid-way.
6:00 pm: an informal dinner at a local restaurant for as many as will. Advance signup unnecessary.
Jane Austen Ball Dance Program
Directions for the dances (in PDF format) will be available soon. Links in the above table are to videos of the dances, which will give you a visual idea of how the dances go. We will be adding videos, so check back if you don’t see the one you need.
DVDs of previous balls are available by mail order, click here for details. New this year is the ability to pre-order copies of the 2014 Ball DVD, which will be available in October,
For now, print the flyer (link at top) and mail in the registration form on the last page. By mid-March we plan to offer on-line registration with payment via PayPal. Early registration is advised; we usually come close to filling our 80 places for dancers. This year we can offer at least some financial assistance to those who wish to come but cannot afford the usual fees.
Please address registration-related communications to BallRegistrar@CDRochester.org.
Dancers must already be familiar with English Country Dancing. We strongly encourage dancers to take advantage of our April Sunday afternoon prep sessions and ro study the Ball instructions & videos online, as there will be limited teaching during the Ball. Dancers will give themselves—and their partners—the greatest pleasure if they are thoroughly familiar with the afternoon’s program before the Ball.
Regency period attire is encouraged, but anything formal or dressy is fine. Consider viewing Lisa Brown’s Guides to Dressing for a Regency Ball for women and men. Regency Rentals will be at our April 6 & 13 Ball prep sessions for the convenience of anyone wishing to rent a Ball costume.
Hospitality & Housing
We can accommodate a limited number of out of town visitors in the homes of local dancers. See Contact information. A list of area hotels is available here.
Raffle & Auction
A raffle and a silent auction will be held during the Ball, as in previous years, with proceeds going to support the Ball. Contributions (especially of items related to Jane Austen, England or the Regency period) are welcome, and may be brought directly to the Ball or to any of the local English dances.
For general questions, contact the registrar by e-mailing BallRegistrar@CDRochester.org or phoning 585-442-4681.
To request local hospitality, e-mail BallHousing@CDRochester.org, or phone Kathy Zager at 585-381-6856