Jane Austen Ball Weekend
Saturday and Sunday, April 25 & 26, 2015
An English Country dance weekend in Rochester, NY including a Regency period Ball, an experienced dance, practice sessions, and good food!
Barb Seppeler (piano), Laurie Giroux Williams (flute) & Marnen Laibow-Koser (violin)
Co-sponsored by Country Dancers of Rochester and the Rochester Region of the Jane Austen Society of North America.
Preliminary schedule of Ball and pre-Ball events (subject to change)
March 15, 22 & 29, April 12 & 19: Ball preparatory sessions, 3:30—5:30 pm, at our regular English dance location. $5 per class. Newcomers to English dancing are urged to attend one of the first two classes; the basics will not be taught at the later ones. Potluck dinner to follow; consider staying and attending our regular beginner friendly dances in the evening (except Mar. 29, when there is no evening dance).
Saturday, April 25 (all events at our regular English dance location):
3:00—5:30 pm: Ball practice for all (led by Tom Amesse), 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, April 26, 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
|Waltham Abbey||Jaque Latin|
|Up With Ailey||Nymph Divine|
|De’il Take the Warr||Spanish Jig|
|Sadler’s Wells||Rosamond’s Pond|
|Love’s Triumph||Ramsgate Assembly|
|The Old Batchelor||Bonny Grey Eyed Morn|
|Wa Is Me, What Mun I Do||Fair and Softly|
|Mr. Lane’s Maggot||Old Wife Behind the Fire|
Directions for the dances (in PDF format) can be found here, and will also be in the program booklets given to Ball attendees at the Ball. Links in the above table are to videos of the dances, which will give you a visual idea of how the dances go. All dances will be taught and prompted during the Ball.
DVDs of previous balls are available by mail order, click here for details.
We will open registration in mid-February — this section will be completed then.
Please address all 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 Sunday afternoon prep sessions and to study the Ball instructions & videos online, as we try for 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.
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 to this important fund-raiser may be brought directly to the Ball or to any of the local English dances. Items related to Jane Austen, England or the Regency period are especially welcome.
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.
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.