Jane Austen Ball 2020 – Commonwealth Vintage Dancers

Event Details

  • Date:

Jane Austen Ball

Saturday, February 15, 2020

7:00 pm-10:00 pm
Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA
$35 general/$30 student

Dance like Miss Bennet or Mr. Darcy in an evening of lively country dances and elegant figured waltzes. Expert teaching and prompting from Antonia Pugliese will have everyone enjoying themselves on the dance floor. Enjoy beautiful and tasty refreshments and a chance to socialize and make new friends during the intermission. Our Jane Austen Ball is perfect for beginners. Historically accurate clothing from 1795-1815 will be much admired, but it is not required. Modern evening clothes or thrift store finds that are evocative of the period are also appropriate.


register$35 general/$30 student

Learn dancing during the ball:

There will not be a stand-alone dance class on the day of the ball, but the dances will be taught throughout the evening. If you’re new to Regency dancing, the best advice you can get is to jump in and try it. The dances will increase in difficulty as the night goes on, building on the easier dances that have already been taught. New dancers are particularly encouraged to start dancing early in the evening.


Remember to bring a change of shoes – snow boots are no good for regency dancing! The best shoe choice would be something comfortable and flat. Sneakers have too much traction, and high heels are not good for this style of movement. Dance shoes are great if you have them.

Snow policy:

We live in New England, and that means snow is a real possibility. If the governor calls a snow emergency and tells everyone to stay off the roads, we will have no choice but to cancel the event. If the town where a ball is located calls a snow emergency and shuts down parking during the hours of a ball, we will also cancel the event. Otherwise, we will go ahead with a ball. You can check our home page, our Facebook page, and the Facebook event page for updates on the status of a ball.

Refund policy:

Tickets to our balls are non-refundable but they are transferable.You can give your ticket to a friend, and they can check in using the original name. When a larger ball is sold out, people who missed getting tickets often post on the Facebook event page to say they are willing to buy tickets from someone whose plans have changed. (When you are buying tickets from a stranger, please be careful. Most people are trustworthy but if you chat with a potential seller and feel that something is amiss, don’t go through with the transaction.)

There is more information at Frequently Asked Questions.

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