This post is contributed by Celeste Sargent and relates specifically to those interested in attending the 1817 Regency Ball being held in Vancouver, Canada in 2014.
Why an 1817 Regency Ball?
- For fun! Live Rennaissance, Baroque and Classical music, lively group dancing and food.
- We are approaching the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Death in 1817 and the Birth of Baha’u’llah in the same year (see Disclaimer).
LINK: Having a (Regency) Ball
What is Regency Dancing?
- Regency Dances – social group dances where many “dance couples” form larger patterns (usually lines, squares and circles). Regency Dancing is the ancestor of modern square dancing.
- A “Dance Couple” – any two individuals willing to dance together. One person will perform the “women’s” steps and the other will perform the “men’s” steps but there is very little difference between the two parts.
- Dance style – lively, simple, repetitive, and will be conducted at an introductory level. A friend who does not like to dance said. “It’s like organized walking. I know how to walk!”
- Learning the Dances – It is assumed that no-one will know the dances in advance and the learning will be part of the fun.
What if I don’t like to dance?
- The evening will begin with a concert.
- When the dancing begins, tables with alternative activities will be set up.
- Children’s games (pick up sticks, jacks etc.)
- Paper dolls and toy theatre
- Enjoy the music and watch the dancing
- Visit and enjoy refreshments from the English Sideboard (non-alcoholic adaptation)
Guide and Recommendations on Dress
- Be comfortable – so that you can dance all night.
- Dress nicely – This is a semi-formal occasion (no jeans, T-shirts or runners please)
- *Optional* Incorporate some Regency fashion – this is not a ‘costume’ party, so feel free to incorporate a little or a lot after you’ve considered 1 and 2. Men can wear dress pants and a white shirt. Women are not required to wear dresses but if you do, try to avoid heels, knees, and bare shoulders). Regency fashion was pretty simple, so check out these links.
Tickets and Charity
- This is a charity ball. All net profit (after expenses*) will be donated to a local women’s shelter. Information about the shelter will be provided at the event.
- Tickets cost $20.00 (students $10, children 10 and under are free)
- Please reserve your ticket(s) and receive your ticket number(s) by
- emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or
- sending a message through the Facebook Event Page
- Reserved tickets will be picked up and paid for at the door.
- Space is limited! Get your tickets now.
*Expenses consist of the material resources (rentals, refreshments etc.) All human resources are volunteer.
What is Ayyam-i-Ha?
“days of preparation for the Fast; days of hospitality, enjoyment, charity, paying special attention to the plight of the poor and sick, and giving presents. They do not mark any particular event, but the way they are celebrated is, in some ways, similar to the way Christmas is observed worldwide.”(“Celebrating Ayyam-i-Ha Imaginatively”, Baha’i Blog)
Disclaimer: This event is an independent, individual initiative and is not associated with any institution or organization. It does not represent the Baha’i Faith or the Baha’i Community of Vancouver.