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(All photographs and video footage taken from previous Regency Encounters events)
For anyone who has ever longed to step into a costume drama, or beloved historical novel, this is your chance. Because we have not yet invented a time machine, the Regency Costume Ball brings the past to you. Spend an evening in the world of Jane Austen, or Master and Commander, with live music, dancing, cards, and other diversions, all in full Regency splendour. This is a ball, like you might imagine Lizzy and Darcy attending in Pride and Prejudice. The dancing will be English Contra Dancing, which is fairly simple to learn, and is the style of dance done in the early 1800s. Costume is mandatory for all guests, in order to maintain the suspension of disbelief, though we are very flexible and forgiving as to the precision and exact authenticity of dress. Contact us with any questions about costumes. We have lots of great advice and ready assistance.
Think you can't dance? I promise you can definitely do these dances, and you don't even need to bring a partner. Dance lessons will be held leading up to the event at 5400 Dalhousie Drive, May 3 and May 10 at 7:00 pm. Absolutely no experience or partner necessary. Dances we will be learning are: Indian Queen, Zephyrs and Flora, and Haymakers. The lessons are in the recreation centre of the housing complex located at that address. Here is a little map in case you can't find your way.
Think you don't have time to get a costume together? We can help! You can rent one, make one, fudge one, or order one. We have lots of resources. Just send us a message! Costumes rentals start at $25. Long white gloves for ladies ($10) and long stockings for gentlemen ($15) also available for purchase. All will be made available at the dance lessons, or by arrangement. Please contact for details.
For ideas on how to put together your own costume simply and inexpensively, out of stuff you might already have or could easily find at a thrift store, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZU1pQA6Ehg&list=PL-KtHOcVzwEw3ueay2To2IkT3tvgaijLE
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