Victorian Ball, Bath 6th May 2017

 the ball by victor gabriel gilbert. gorgeous

Dance the night away in Victorian finery!

Following the success of the last three balls we organized


(Spectacular Masquerade in 2013 and the Victorian ones in 2015 and 2016), we are now returning to our beautiful venue, the amazing Assembly Rooms, in the historic city of Bath.

You can read about the  2015 ball here, an about the 2016 ball here !

assembly rooms tea room
Pass the night away dancing polkas and waltzes, swanning around in ball gowns and tailcoats, sipping drinks, nibbling delicacies from the finger buffet and posing for professional photographs.

The dances will be mostly called and explained by our wonderful Dance Master - Stuart Marsden, and for those who would like a bit more practice there will be dance workshop earlier in the day.

There will be a cash bar at the venue, and a finger buffet ( meat and veg options) will be served mid evening to revive the spirits and body.


Over 18 please, (16 plus if accompanied by an adult) Victorian Ball Sunday 2016 - May 08, 2016 - 132


Please note, it is not a re-enactment or role playing event.






Dress code - black tie. Victorian strongly preferred, but no one will refuse you entry if you turn up in elegant Steampunk, Victoriana or Goth attire - just remember to be smart and splendid. No short skirts or nudity, please!




The 2017 sub- theme is First Bustle Style ( 1868-1875)


This is completely optional, if you want to participate, it would be lovely to see how many ladies we can get in the style at the event :-)


Throughout the year I will be posting information, advice, tutorials relevant to the style etc - plus there will be further perks for the ones making their own garments.




If this is not a style you want to go for, that is not a problem at all, you will be just as fine wearing bustle, belle epoque, or elegant Steampunk'd Vicoriana styles - the most important thing is that you feel fabulous in whatever you are wearing:-)




Natural Form will be the theme for the 2018 ball, btw :-)


Current perks for ticket holders - just as last year, the list will be expanding over the next few months!:


 1.Prior Attire, Dressing History, Pinsent  Tailoring,  Virginia Crawford and Kitty Power Costume are offering 10% off the labour prices if you commission an attire for the ball. 


  2.American duchess – everything is 10% off  from November 1 to April 1. The code is PAvb17 (case sensitive)







Tickets are available in the shop now!  UPDATE - WE ARE NOW SOLD OUT!!!  There is a waiting list though, please drop me a line if  you would like to be included on it!




Again, there will be a few perks available for the ticket holders: discounts from official dressmakers, tailors, suppliers etc. The official list of recommended suplierss  is below!



Just like in the previous  years,  to revive us after the ball, we will be meeting at Pump Rooms for breakfast on Sunday( booking a table advisable - most of us is booking for around 10am). The food is amazing, the building spectacular and  live classical music playing too - a perfect background for a Victorian matinee:-)


 All the updates will be posted both here and in our facebook event 


 Special offers for ticker holders:

 1.  We are offering 10% off labour cost  on commissions on bal gowns - only 3 places available, please have a look at the bespoke section first!. 


 2. Dressing History and Kitty Power Costumes  offer 10% off labour costs if you commission your ball attire ( women/s only) from them!  Limited spaces available, so hurry up and get in touch! Smilarly, for the gents, Pinsent Tailoring offers 10% off as well


 I will be testing the patterns and posting reviews and tutorials on my  blog to make things even easier.




 To help with decisions, a board with Victorian ball fashions for the First bustle era has been set up on Pinterest - Here

fashions for men and women jan 1846 france les modes parisiennes


 The tickets for the ball and the workshop can be purchased in our shop



Additional information:



Menu - 


Hot dishes:


Jerk chicken with coriander yoghurt
Cod and chips with mushy peas
Leek & Bath Ale rarebit with onion confit


Cold dishes

West Country chicken liver parfait with Somerset apple jam
Quickes Cheddar scones with red onion chutney


Mini lemon & raspberry tarts
Coffee & chocolate choux pastries


 Special dietary requirements catered for - please  leave  note when purchasing your ticket, or contact me a month prior to the event.








Timings -


the dance workshop -  3pm, Assembly rooms


 The Ball

door open at 7 -drinks, photography and socialising

 8pm. dancing commences

 9.15pm  Break for buffet and drinks

 10pm dancing continues till 11.30

 11.45pm  Carriages

 12.00 Good night.... :-)





 We will practice most dances during the workshop, and they will be also explained , and called at the ball  -so  dont worry about your abilities, just join in, most of them are simple and easy to follow. If you have ever danced at a Georgian or a Regeny ball, Victorian is not that much different:-)

 When you receive your tickets, the carnet du bal ( dance card) will be attached, so that you can plan and book the partners ahead:-)

 2016 programme:

Polonaise and Spanish waltz

Boston 2 Step

 La Tempete

Mr.Hart's Lancers

 Vienesse Waltz

 Haste to the Wedding

quadrille- Les Graces

 Polka Franciaise




Dashing White Sergant

 Waltz Cotillion

Sir Roger de Coverly

North Downs Waltz

 Vienesse Waltz

Gallop- Flirtation Finale





   Below you will find the files with instructions

12 Waltz Cottylion

Boston Two Step

Haste to the Wedding

Dashion White Sergeant

Harts Lancers

La Tempete

Les Graces

North Downs Waltz

Spanish  Waltz

Flirtation Finale



  links with videos:



Grand Polonaise

This is stage choreography, hence all the bows and courtesy- the footwork is perfect.

Spanish Waltz

This is the folk version and very similar. We will not be turning back to back  (30 secs in) but will face partner, balance forwards & back.

Boston 2 Step



La Tempete

No version available.


The Lancers Quadrille









1.  This is Duval’s Lancers figures 1,2 &3 which is   the same as Hart’s (the version for the ball) with the first figure being slightly different- the men do not form a star or dance around-, instead, all face their corner, balance and turn corners.

2. La Visite (figure 4) This replaces Les Graces (figure 4)

3. Finale as will be danced at the ball (the finale starts at 1:50)

Viennese Waltz


This is a good version as it as the English dancing master taught the waltz (men start on the left foot)


Queen Victoria's Country Dance

No version available


Quadrille- Les Graces


Your dancing master is dancing and playing!

Polka Française


The polka does not have a set pattern of figures

Dashing White Sergeant



1/2 Waltz Cotillion


Your very own dancing master is the first gentleman. We may do the half or full version at our ball- time dependant.

Sir Roger de Coverly


This shows the energy that is needed and the couple formation. - The figures will vary- be warned!

Duke of Kent’s Waltz

No  suitable version available

I cannot find  a film of the original 19th C. version- there are many versions of Cecil Sharp’s  1920’s interpretation , it is different from the original as they  dance them as 2 couple dances rather than 3. We will dance the original 3 couple version.

Gallop (Flirtation Finale)

This is the RSCD version. We will dance the 19th Century version- the men on returning from the centre face the lady on their left and have their back along the line of dance (not to the centre of the room), we will gallop and not promenade