The Jane Austen Festival in Bath is ten years old and to celebrate this milestone we held a Regency Costumed Ball in The Guildhall on Saturday 19th June 2010
Pre-Ball Dance Workshop in the afternoon
To get us in the mood we held a dance workshop in the afternoon where we ran through some of the dances we later performed in costume. There was a minor trauma at the workshop venue, Percy Community Centre, when Diana Campbell and Martin got stuck in the lift. But all was sorted out very quickly. Also a big thank-you to the gentlemen who helped put out the chairs, we certainly did need to sit down during the 2 hour workout.
Lots of fun and we all got the giggles including Diana.
The Jane Austen Festival 10th Anniversary Grand Regency Costumed Ball
What a wonderful time we had and in such a stunning venue as the Guildhall with its fabulous banqueting room and marble staircase - walking about the magnificent building in a long dress was like being transported back 200 years, but without losing the convenience of 21st Century life; and probably the best dressing up party ever. The Ball was opened by the Jane Austen Dancers showing us how beautiful Regency Dancing can be. Our Master of Ceremonies, Mr Adams of Select Society kept us well informed and entertained by announcing arrivals and details of the evening. After 90 minutes dancing we broke for a delicious hot supper and a chance to chat with fellow guests. The dancing was accompanied by the extremely talented and superb quartet the Regency Belles and our steps guided by the very lovely Diana Campbell. The card tables were elegantly run by the Lady Denise from Select Society who also joined Mr Adams entertaining the guests during the supper interval, and everyone looked absolutely stunning in their gorgeous gowns and evening attire.
We enjoyed ourselves so much that 11.30pm came all too quickly. Perhaps we ought to have another Ball in June next year?
A pictorial record was made of the evening by Owen Benson (some of his pictures are shown above) and for those who attended and would like copies of his photographs they are available via this link Owen's short film of the Ball can be viewed via this link
A big thank-you to everyone who helped and in particular the Jane Austen Dancers
who run classes throughout the year and welcome new members.
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