Victorian Ball, Bath 2nd of May, 2020
Dance the night away in Victorian finery!
Pass the night away dancing polkas, waltzes and quadrilles; 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 few freestyle waltzes, a polka and a gallop for those who want a bit more of dancing freedom.
There will be a cash bar at the venue, and a finger buffet ( meat and vegetarian options) will be served mid evening to revive the spirits and body.
Important notice: Ladies, please remember that long trains are a trip hazard. Have the train, flaunt it on the entrance, flowing after you, display it fully for the photos, but for the dancing, all the ladies are required to hold their long trains up, or pin them up or bustle them. It will not only be a historically authentic thing to do ( period dancing books do advise that as well, rather a lot!), but it will be much safer both for you, other people, and your dress. You will also enjoy the dancing much more not having to worry constantly about tripping over.... So be fabulous - but safe too...
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:-)
In the previous years we would add more activities before or after the ball - picnics, carriage rides, boating trips - I will keep you posted what the plans involve for next year...
All the updates will be posted both here and in our facebook event
To help with decisions, a board with Victorian ball fashions for the era has been set up on Pinterest - Here
The tickets for the ball and the workshop can be purchased in our shop
Sample Menu - details chage slightly every year
Jerk chicken with coriander yoghurt
Cod and chips with mushy peas
Leek & Bath Ale rarebit with onion confit
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.
the dance workshop - 3pm, Assembly rooms
door open at 7 -drinks, photography and socialising
8pm. dancing commences
9.15pm Break for buffet and drinks
10pm dancing continues till 11.30
12.00 Good night.... :-)
We will practice most dances during the workshop, and they will be also explained , and called at the ball -so don't 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 Regency ball, Victorian is not that much different:-)
Haste to the Wedding
The Princess Alice Waltz quadrille
Boston Two step
Sir Roger de Coverly
North Downs Waltz
Gallop- Flirtation Finale
Below you will find the files with instructions
links with videos: