Jane Austen Ball Weekend

Saturday and Sunday, April 25 & 26, 2015

2014 Ball Photo
An English Country dance weekend in Rochester, NY including a Regency period Ball, an experienced dance, practice sessions, and good food!  We have a printable flyer with registration form.

Dancing Master

Tom Amessé

Music by


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.

Schedule of Ball and pre-Ball events

March 15, 22 & 29, April 12 & 18:  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 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, and April 18, which is a Saturday).

 Saturday, April 25 (all events at our regular English dance location):

 3:00—5:30 pm: Ball practice for all (led by Tom Amessé), 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. You can sign up at the review session.

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.

Our Performers

More details coming soon …

Further Details


To register, print the flyer and mail in the registration form.  Or register on-line  with a credit card or PayPal.  Early registration is advised; the last two years we have filled our 80 places for dancers.  As of March 25, 65 places are filled and we have room for 15 more.

If you’d like to attend, but the admission price is prohibitive for you, please get in touch with the registrar.  We may be able to work something out.

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 Ball 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.


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.

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.

Contact Information

For general questions, e-mail BallRegistrar@CDRochester.org or phone 585-442-4681.

To request local hospitality, e-mail BallHousing@CDRochester.org.