Saturday 22nd June 2013
The Jane Austen Festival ‘Netherfield’ Ball TICKETS SOLD OUT!!
If you have no idea what Regency dancing is like then the nearest comparison is a Barn Dance. There is no need to bring a partner of the opposite sex or indeed a partner at all, as you will be made most welcome even if you come on your own. We usually find that there are more ladies than men so there will be times when ladies dance with ladies, this does not matter a bit.
Our Ball is a costumed event and all ladies and gentlemen are expected to dress in the style of the Regency or 18th Century period. The look is the Empire line, with a high waist just below the bust, very flattering and feels wonderful to wear. This is a terrific opportunity to go to town and wear a ball gown or breeches, plus all the accessories which many do and look fantastic. Ideas for costumes can be found on our website in the Festival section under photos and the Online Magazine section. There are also accessories, patterns and complete outfits to purchase from the Jane Austen Centre online giftshop.
Tickets for the Ball include entrance, the dancing, entertainment and a light buffet with tea and coffee after the meal. The tables seat ten and when purchasing tickets please tell us who you wish to sit near. There is a cash only bar for the purchase of liquid refreshments (if you forget your cash there is a cash point machine opposite the entrance to the Guildhall).
Dances are called by the very wonderful Diana Campbell, and live music provided by the superb trio Green Ginger. For those wishing to take a break and try another popular 18th Century pastime, there are cards organised by our very good friends Select Society.
Pre-Ball Dance Workshop Saturday 22nd June 2013
1.45 – 4.00pm (doors open at 1.30pm)
Prior to the Ball in the evening there is a practise of 2.25 hours in the same venue, the Banqueting Room at the Guildhall, in the afternoon. This year, to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, we hope to dance Mr Beveridge’s Maggot; that is the version that was danced at the Netherfield Ball in the BBC 1995 adaptation. This is a complicated dance and will require concentration and practise which is why the workshop is 15 minutes longer this year.
If you have never attended this type of Ball before, we thoroughly recommend that you attend this workshop, as your enjoyment of the evening ahead will be so much more if you have an idea of the dances. We still advise you to attend the practise even if you have been before as it will mean that Diana may be able to introduce intricate steps and more advanced dances.
It is not necessary to wear costume to the workshop but comfortable shoes are essential and it is also advisable to bring a drink with you as the bar is not open until the evening. It can sometimes get hot during the practise so light clothing is also recommended. There are toilets and somewhere to put coats but please do not bring valuables, whilst there will be stewards in attendance the rooms are open to the general public.
Ticket sale priority is given to Festival Friends (full details on how to become a Friend from our website) follow this link Festival Friend.
See Below for review of 2012 Ball.
Saturday 23rd June 2012
Despite the torrential downpour what a fabulous time we had! in the Banqueting Room at The Guildhall in Bath. Martin the Jane Austen Centre meeter greeter, met the guests who were then announced by our Master of Ceremonies John White. The costumes were stunning and images will be available soon (Owen Benson is working on them now). The dances were expertly called by Diana Campbell superbly accompanied by the trio Green Ginger. For those wishing to take a break and try another popular 18th Century pastime, there were cards organised by Denise and John White from Select Society. The food provided by Abstract Occasions Catering was delicious, particularly the chocolate tart, and quickly and very efficiently served. A big thank-you goes to the staff at the Guildhall who made sure that everything went smoothly – in particular, providing lots of places to put wet umbrellas!
Everyone danced and danced and danced….. and danced……….
…..Diana Campbell and Green Ginger can get anyone to dance, even a Japanese cameraman complete with camera!
The event was filmed by a delightful film crew all dressed in Regency costume and has been shown on Japanese Television.