I love teaching English Regency Dancing, to both beginners and experienced dancers, and seeing them develop together into an outstanding team (see Students’ Work). However, I love it most of all when I am asked to organise a Ball. I have called dances and balls at beautiful historic locations in England and also in USA, Malta, Hungary and I’m currently working on a ball to be held in France.
My students are often invited to give a display dance and dance with the less confident guests.
The BBC invited me to call a ball at Rownhams House, in Hampshire, as a part of their documentary 'My Friend Jane'. The documentary was shown on national television in July 2017.
This was particular fun for me as most of the guests were Regency dancers and my friends, including a number of my students.
Compton Verney House is a beautifully restored Grade I listed 18th-century country mansion at Compton Verney near Kineton in Warwickshire, England. It is set in 120 acres of parkland landscaped by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Compton Verney also houses the Compton Verney Art Gallery, an independent national art gallery
So, this fund-raising ball was held in the beautiful Adam Hall and guests were able to visit the magnificant art gallery as well as dance
A Grand Regency Ball that we all enjoyed. My students were invited and, while the guests were eating, they danced the Gallini cotillion Le Pouvoir de la Beaute as a demonstartion dance.
As one of the guest officers said "Soldiers learn to march in time to music, so of course they can dance in time to music." The Duke of Wellington said much the same thing in 1812. He expected all his officers to be able to dance.
I was delighted to be invited to call for this ball. Malta is such an exotic location, and the ballrroms we danced in were amazingly beautiful.
These were skilled dancers and so I chose a more complex set of dances for them to enjoy.
They've been holding Jane Austen events for years but this was the first time the Town Council decided to invest in a Regency Ball.
It proved to be a good fund-raiser and a magnificent success - and looks set fair to becoming an annual fixture.
This Ball and Banquet were held in the Dolphin Hotel, probably in the same room where Jane Austen held her 18th Birthday.
They were part of week-long celebration of her life organised by the Sarah Siddons Fan Club. Dancing was a bit more lethargic after this magnificent meal!
Note: For the last five years, 2012-2017, I was Dance Master for The Duke of Wellington Dancers and I organised or called the events above. In January 2018 I left the Duke of Wellington Dancers to become the Dance Master of The English Regency Dancers where I shall continue to organise and call events like these.
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