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Tomorrow is The Victoria and Albert Ball! Will you join us? ... See MoreSee Less

Tomorrow is The Victoria and Albert Ball! Will you join us?

4 days ago

Don't forget the Victoria and Albert Ball on Saturday. We are planning an elegant evening, with new dances, ball cards and petits fours, among other treats. ... See MoreSee Less

Dont forget the Victoria and Albert Ball on Saturday. We are planning an elegant evening, with new dances, ball cards and petits fours, among other treats.

 

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Men, if your formal white breeches and silk stockings are at the cleaners, you can wear a dark suit for this ball.

Ladies, you don't have to look like Queen Victoria on your first outing. If you want to check out the dancing and have a lovely evening without committing to the costume, wear a simple long or long-ish dress.

5 days ago

It's hard to believe tonight is the last Royal Court class! We're looking forward to watching our court perform the Caledonian Quadrilles (instruction card from the 19th century shown here) next week at the ball! Will you be there to see them? Get your tickets at vintagedancers.org ... See MoreSee Less

Its hard to believe tonight is the last Royal Court class! Were looking forward to watching our court perform the Caledonian Quadrilles (instruction card from the 19th century shown here) next week at the ball! Will you be there to see them? Get your tickets at vintagedancers.org

1 week ago

Queen Victoria enjoyed dancing, which was lucky--many balls were held in her honor on state visits! We love these paintings that capture some of those events. Have you gotten your ticket to The Victoria and Albert Ball yet? Don't miss the fun! ... See MoreSee Less

Queen Victoria enjoyed dancing, which was lucky--many balls were held in her honor on state visits! We love these paintings that capture some of those events. Have you gotten your ticket to The Victoria and Albert Ball yet? Dont miss the fun!Image attachmentImage attachment

2 weeks ago

In honor of our first week of Royal Court Classes, here's Her Majesty's account of her first state ball:
"The rooms I must say looked beautiful, were so well lit up...I danced (a Quadrille of course) first (in the large ballroom) with George; and 2ndly with Prince Nicholas Esterhazy. There was a waltz between each quadrille. We then went into the other ballroom where I dance two quadrilles...I did not leave the ballroom till 10 minutes to four!! It was a lovely ball, so gay, so nice,--and I felt so happy and so merry; I had not danced for so long and was so glad to do so again!" -Journals,1838

We hope you'll join the merry-making at The Victoria and Albert Ball!
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In honor of our first week of Royal Court Classes, heres Her Majestys account of her first state ball:
The rooms I must say looked beautiful, were so well lit up...I danced (a Quadrille of course) first (in the large ballroom) with George; and 2ndly with Prince Nicholas Esterhazy. There was a waltz between each quadrille. We then went into the other ballroom where I dance two quadrilles...I did not leave the ballroom till 10 minutes to four!! It was a lovely ball, so gay, so nice,--and I felt so happy and so merry; I had not danced for so long and was so glad to do so again! -Journals,1838

We hope youll join the merry-making at The Victoria and Albert Ball!

3 weeks ago

You all hopped to it today, and tickets for this event are sold out! If you missed the boat and are still interested, watch this space--tickets are transferable, and as we get closer to the date people who need to sell their tickets will post here. ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Tickets for The Great Gatsby go on sale Sunday, October 1. We'll post a link as soon as the ticket site is open! ... See MoreSee Less

Tickets for The Great Gatsby go on sale Sunday, October 1. Well post a link as soon as the ticket site is open!

3 weeks ago

Remember, the month of October is a great time to dance like royalty. There are three sessions of the Royal Court Dance Class, followed by the Victoria and Albert Ball. All of these events welcome beginner dancers, so please come! ... See MoreSee Less

Remember, the month of October is a great time to dance like royalty. There are three sessions of the Royal Court Dance Class, followed by the Victoria and Albert Ball. All of these events welcome beginner dancers, so please come!

3 weeks ago

At the Victoria and Albert Ball, we will have a demonstration of the Caledonian Quadrilles, danced by people who learned it at the Royal Court Dance Classes. The Caledonian Quadrilles were very popular throughout the nineteenth century and we worked with dance instructions from 1821 to 1900 to come up with our reconstruction. ... See MoreSee Less

At the Victoria and Albert Ball, we will have a demonstration of the Caledonian Quadrilles, danced by people who learned it at the Royal Court Dance Classes. The Caledonian Quadrilles were very popular throughout the nineteenth century and we worked with dance instructions from 1821 to 1900 to come up with our reconstruction.

3 weeks ago

We'll be debuting a new contra dance, Chase the Squirrel. It's fun and will be taught at the Victoria and Albert Ball. If you can't wait until then, sign up for the Royal Court Quadrille Classes and you can learn it in advance of the ball. ... See MoreSee Less

Well be debuting a new contra dance, Chase the Squirrel. Its fun and will be taught at the Victoria and Albert Ball. If you cant wait until then, sign up for the Royal Court Quadrille Classes and you can learn it in advance of the ball.

 

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What a distinguished-looking squirrel!

3 weeks ago

We're looking forward to the start of our Royal Court Dance Classes this Sunday to prepare a quadrille for The Victoria and Albert Ball! Not sure what a quadrille looks like? Here's some excerpts from the Prince Imperial Quadrille filmed at a performance at the Old Town Hall in Salem!
Tickets are available for both the classes and the ball at the link in the comments.
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I would love to start something like this group in Gainesville

4 weeks ago

We are so excited about the Royal Court Quadrille Classes that start next Sunday! Last night, we rehearsed the Caledonian Quadrilles so that we're ready to teach it effectively. We filmed it, so that students will be able to review it between classes.

Royal Court Dance ClassesOctober 1, 2017, 6:00pmWaltham, MATICKETS NOW ON SALE! Join us for an immersive evening in the mid-19th century as an exclusive member of Victoria and Albert's Royal Court!

This event is for three dance classes (10/1, 10/8, 10/15) offered as part of the Royal Court package for the Victoria and Albert Ball (tiny.cc/vnaball).

For this event, we are offering a unique chance to be immersed in the 19th century! Royal Court tickets provide:

-three dance classes in advance of the ball
-announced entrance at the ball by our liveried master of ceremonies
-a court sash and Royal Order medal to wear for the evening and take home as a souvenir from the event
-the opportunity to perform a quadrille at the ball (learned in advance)

Royal Court ticket holders will attend three classes in advance of the ball on October 1, 8, 15 at our studio in Waltham, MA. During these classes, courtiers will learn some basic ballroom dancing. They will also learn and rehearse a complete quadrille with the support of dancers from CVD. At the ball, courtiers will perform the quadrille they have practiced to earn a Royal Order. Being a courtier is supposed to be fun. We hope that our courtiers will look forward to performing at the ball. If a courtier chooses to forgo the performance for any reason we will provide a substitute to dance in their place.

If you have questions about your Royal Court ticket, reach out to us at query@vintagedancers.org.
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Royal Court Dance Classes

 

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Oh how I wish I could spend a month of Sundays in MA so I could do this!

I'm going to show this to my daughter. She will be very interested.

1 month ago

Can't wait for more Victoria on MASTERPIECE | PBS? Get in the spirit in October by dancing like the Queen! We're already looking forward to the The Victoria and Albert Ball!-and don't worry, all dances will be taught! ... See MoreSee Less

Cant wait for more Victoria on MASTERPIECE | PBS? Get in the spirit in October by dancing like the Queen! Were already looking forward to the The Victoria and Albert Ball!-and dont worry, all dances will be taught!

 

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I absolutely love the show!

I am THERE...with popcorn! This is the only program I can stay awake for!

1 month ago

We're reading some of Queen Victoria's published journals in anticipation of The Victoria and Albert Ball next month. She writes: "A ball was given in honour of my birthday at St James's...I danced in all 8 quadrilles. We came home at 1/2 past 12. I was VERY much amused."

We're looking forward to being equally amused! Want to practice your quadrilling in advance? You can join us for Royal Court Classes starting October 1st!
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Were reading some of Queen Victorias published journals in anticipation of The Victoria and Albert Ball next month. She writes: A ball was given in honour of my birthday at St Jamess...I danced in all 8 quadrilles. We came home at 1/2 past 12. I was VERY much amused.

Were looking forward to being equally amused! Want to practice your quadrilling in advance? You can join us for Royal Court Classes starting October 1st!

1 month ago

Tomorrow's Schedule:
Meet at the NPS Visitor Center (2 Liberty place, Salem) between 1:30 and 2:00 pm
Regency Promenade from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Everyone on their own for supper (Salem has great restaurants)
Regency Ball with music by Gotham Carnival at Old Town Hall (just off Front Street, Salem) from 7:00 to 10:00 pm
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Tomorrows Schedule:
Meet at the NPS Visitor Center (2 Liberty place, Salem) between 1:30 and 2:00 pm
Regency Promenade from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Everyone on their own for supper (Salem has great restaurants)
Regency Ball with music by Gotham Carnival at Old Town Hall (just off Front Street, Salem) from 7:00 to 10:00 pm

 

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I may be joining the promenade late, is there a tentative route in case I need to catch up?

We will likely walk down Hawthorne Blvd to Derby Steet, then past the Custom House and down the wharf. Back to Essex Street and walk through the pedestrian area and further down Essex to Cambridge St. We'll end at the little park opposite 9 Chestnut Street.

1 month ago

The weather report says we'll have a pleasant day on Saturday. Join us for a Regency promenade! Then have supper in one of Salem's many charming restaurants before attending the Sense and Sensibility in Salem Ball. ... See MoreSee Less

The weather report says well have a pleasant day on Saturday. Join us for a Regency promenade! Then have supper in one of Salems many charming restaurants before attending the Sense and Sensibility in Salem Ball.

2 months ago

Just one week until the Sense and Sensibility in Salem Ball and Promenade! Have you reserved your ticket yet? ... See MoreSee Less

Just one week until the Sense and Sensibility in Salem Ball and Promenade! Have you reserved your ticket yet?Image attachment

2 months ago

What's the difference between the Sense and Sensibility in Salem Ball and the Jane Austen Ball? They both have dancing from the time of Jane Austen, high spirits, and yummy refreshments. They're both welcoming and fun. The difference is that one is sooner and the other is later. ... See MoreSee Less

Whats the difference between the Sense and Sensibility in Salem Ball and the Jane Austen Ball? They both have dancing from the time of Jane Austen, high spirits, and yummy refreshments. Theyre both welcoming and fun. The difference is that one is sooner and the other is later.

2 months ago

Coming on September 9! Dance like Marriane Dashwood or Colonel Brandon 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. We will serve delicious refreshments and there will be a chance to socialize and make new friends during the intermission – just watch out for Mr. Willoughby. He’s a bit of a cad.
Historically accurate clothing from 1795-1815 will be much admired, but it is not required. Modern clothes or thrift store finds that are evocative of the period are also appropriate. This ball is perfect for beginners.
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Coming on September 9! Dance like Marriane Dashwood or Colonel Brandon 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. We will serve delicious refreshments and there will be a chance to socialize and make new friends during the intermission – just watch out for Mr. Willoughby. He’s a bit of a cad. 
Historically accurate clothing from 1795-1815 will be much admired, but it is not required. Modern clothes or thrift store finds that are evocative of the period are also appropriate. This ball is perfect for beginners.

 

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This looks like a blast!

2 months ago

Save the Date! Here are our upcoming events. Registration is open for events until the end of December. Registration for The Great Gatsby Ball opens on October 1. ... See MoreSee Less

Save the Date! Here are our upcoming events. Registration is open for events until the end of December. Registration for The Great Gatsby Ball opens on October 1.

 

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Where is the location of the April 2018 weekend?

This sounds like so much fun!!!!

2 months ago

Tickets are on sale now! Link to reservation page:

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Fezziwig's BallDecember 9, 2017, 6:00pmOld Town Hall SalemTickets are on sale now!

You are cordially invited to attend Fezziwig’s Ball, an unforgettable evening of dance and merriment from the era of Dickens!

The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with a lantern procession through the streets of Salem. Join us in singing 19th century carols before returning to the hall for hot cider. Dancing will commence at 7:00pm. Lavish refreshments will be served at the intermission.

The evening will include easy set dances which will be taught during the evening, interspersed with waltzes and polkas for couples. Learn Victorian favorites like Pop Goes the Weasel and Sir Roger de Coverly. Interspersed with these will be elegant couple dances such as the waltz and polka.

Costume from the lifetime of Charles Dickens (1812-1870) or modern evening dress is requested.
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Fezziwigs Ball

 

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Kat Cote we should go to this one 🙂 you would need to get a dress for it tho!

2 months ago

Tickets go on sale tomorrow, SEPTEMBER 1ST!

You are cordially invited to attend Fezziwig’s Ball, an unforgettable evening of dance and merriment from the era of Dickens! Fezziwig's Ball will be on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with a lantern procession through the streets of Salem. Join us in singing 19th century carols before returning to the hall for hot cider. Dancing will commence at 7:00pm. Lavish refreshments will be served at the intermission.

The ball will include easy set dances which will be taught during the evening, interspersed with waltzes and polkas for couples.

Costume from the lifetime of Charles Dickens (1812-1870) or modern evening dress is requested.
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Tickets go on sale tomorrow, SEPTEMBER 1ST!

You are cordially invited to attend Fezziwig’s Ball, an unforgettable evening of dance and merriment from the era of Dickens! Fezziwigs Ball will be on Saturday, December 9, 2017.

The evening will begin at 6:00 pm with a lantern procession through the streets of Salem. Join us in singing 19th century carols before returning to the hall for hot cider. Dancing will commence at 7:00pm. Lavish refreshments will be served at the intermission.

The ball will include easy set dances which will be taught during the evening, interspersed with waltzes and polkas for couples.

Costume from the lifetime of Charles Dickens (1812-1870) or modern evening dress is requested.

 

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What is the date of this event?

Oops, it 's Saturday, December 9, 2017.

Would love to go. 🙂

Margo Mantini Flavin