Live in History, and imagine yourself transported to England circa 1815. It's the world of Jane Austen, where Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennett are dancing by candlelight at the Netherfield Ball, where military heroes such as the Duke of Wellington have returned triumphant from the Napoleonic war, their regalia glittering, where there is dancing to live music, and where a frothy cup of syllabub is yours to sip with a room full of charming people.

You find yourself surrounded by the cheery sight of elegant, bejewelled ladies and dashing gentlemen who are all as delightful as they are delighted to find themselves with you in Regency England ...all without the use of a time machine.

This event is an experience unlike any other you have imagined. You will immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Regency England with beautiful, period appropriate clothing, dancing, music, drink, and food.

SATURDAY, JUNE 1st (7:00-11:00 pm)

You arrive between 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. to register and have your portrait taken.
You mill about the lobby greeted by the excited friends that have come to spend the evening with you.

The Ballroom Doors open at 7:00 p.m.

After the ringing of the bell, the Room Promenade commences. You are announced at the entrance to the ballroom, and you have prepared a fictitious “historic” name (unless, of course, you have a title!). Tonight, you have selected “The Duke and Duchess of Pembina-shire.”

Lady Jane greets you warmly, and you take a formal stroll about the room to see and be seen. You sip syllabub and enjoy the immersive walk to a different time and place, accompanied by the music of the Pemberley Players chamber ensemble.

The promenade concludes and the first dance is announced at around 7:30 p.m.

The dancing takes place all evening with one ~30 min interval. Each dance lasts between 5 and 12 minutes, and 2 to 5 minute breaks are taken between each dance.

You dance all evening, guided by Lady Jane and accompanied by the Pemberley Players. Free from the grip of modernity, you are at liberty to relax and enjoy the evening at your own pace.

Light refreshments are provided, and the bartending staff is on hand at the cash bar with libations.
The room is alive with laughter and light, and you are glowing with the joy of an evening well-spent.
No partner is necessary and no dance experience required. Many guests come solo, and many have never danced before. A dance partner is easily acquired, as it was commonplace in this period for people to dance with different partners over the course of an evening.

Dance lessons are very stongly recommended, even for returning guests, so that you can arrive at the ball ready to dance, just like you would have done in 1815. The dance lessons build community and are an essential part of the Ball experience. New Ball goers are asked to attend *at least one class*, so as to not impede the enjoyment of those who have invested in learning all of the dances.
(Please read the Lesson Details below.)

English Regency Era dress (c. 1800 - 1820) (or a reasonable facsimile) is mandatory, and the use of cell phones is not permitted in the Ball Room.

Dressing for the Event:
For Ladies, the bare minimum is a full-length gown in a soft fabric with fully covered shoulders. An empire waist is preferable but not mandatory. Think: floor-length straight-to-the-floor gown. Flat shoes are the best choice. Ladies are also welcome to wear regional / cultural formal dress appropriate to the early 19th century.

Gentlemen are asked to wear, at minimum, a suit, preferably with tails worn with Oxford style dress shoes. A Regency-era ensemble of fall-front breeches, waistcoat, chemise, cravat, and Georgian frock coat is certainly encouraged. Gentlemen are also welcome to wear historical military attire, or other regional cultural dress appropriate to the early 19th century. This would include traditional Scottish attire (ex. Kilts), or any other formal cultural dress from the period.

Hosted by Lady Jane Productions
For more information contact Lady Jane.