Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Dance Like Elizabeth Bennet

Jane Austen Ball Rochester NY

"There is nothing like dancing after all. -- I consider it as one of the first refinements of polished societies." Pride and Prejudice

Allison Thompson has written "Jane Austen was an enthusiastic dancer in her youth, and dancing forms an important part of all of her fictional heroine’s lives.  ...  In addition, when general readers learn more about the common dances of the period and the social conventions around them, they will be in a better position to understand some of the delicate nuances of the pivotal dancing episodes in each of the novels."

All Jane Austen fans recognize the importance of balls in Jane Austen's novels, but most fans do not have the opportunity to actually experience the kind of dancing done by Jane Austen and her characters. As Allison Thompson suggests, such an experience can enhance the appreciation of Jane Austen's work.

It's also a ton of fun.

Now Mr. Bingley has sent around his cards, and you are invited to a Netherfield Ball. Country Dancers of Rochester and our JASNA section (JASNA CWNY) are sponsoring a Netherfield Ball for novice dancers. Here are the details:

Event:    Netherfield Ball an assembly for novice dancers
When:   August 29, 2 - 6 pm
Where:  First Baptist Church, 145 Allens Creek Road, Rochester, NY 14618
Dress:    Comfortable, Regency will be admired but not required.
Cost:      $10

All dances will be called and there will be ample instruction. Be assured there are no concerns about hearing "The other way Mr. Collins". The finest gentry from the neighborhood will be there to help you learn.

There will also be sumptuous refreshments, live music, Regency vendors, and plenty of good company.

I have posted video from Country Dancers of Rochester before, but please allow me to show you one more because I can think of no better way to show you what dancing meant to Jane Austen and her characters, and how much fun it can be.

Yes, that is Shrewsbury Lasses, but you won't find yourself dancing with Mr. Collins. Hope to see you there!

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