About the ball… — 13 Comments

  1. I learned Country dancing at primary school here in the UK in the 1970s and the primary school my children attended in Hong Kong still teaches them too!! Looks like you had great fun and I love your dress but why didn’t your men have a go at eating a cravat instead of a bow tie?

    • Debra, the guys weren’t wearing cravats because I hadn’t gotten them made yet! I only finished my husband’s Regency suit in time for our most recent trip. But he did wear a cravat then–and looked dashing it it! I imagine I’ll be making one for my son before our next event.They are wonderful sports with all of this!

  2. A friend of mine from an online homeschooling community taught us several country dances when we finally met IRL. In a grassy backyard in Ohio, twelve of us had a wonderful and hilarious time learning the steps to period music. So fun!!!

    Thank you for sharing this glimpse into Regency balls with us. Utterly fascinating.

    Susanne 🙂

  3. Thank you for the chuckles and the excitement of attending a ball! You all looked so handsome and lovely. All the preparation and the ins and out of etiquette are interesting and then to dance with someone for a full set and you were recently introduced would be nerve wracking! Look forward to your next post.

    • Thank you Carole! I can only imagine how nerve wracking it all must have been for young ladies who counted on the ball as a way to meet potential husbands. Oh my nerves! LOL

  4. I think it is amazing that there was so much preparation for balls/dances – not just the dressing and primping, as you noted, but especially learning all those complicated steps. It seems that you would have to go to so many, and practice on your own or with some instructor, to be very good at it! It’s not a surprise that Mr. Collins was so bad at it, but I suspect I would have been, too!

    • Kathy, dancing was considered one of the important accomplishments for a young woman and dance masters were employed by both women and men to help them get ready to display in public. I imagine many hours of practice went into preparing for an event! Thanks!

  5. Sorry I hadn’t had a chance to comment on how much I enjoyed reading about your experience in getting ready for and being at a ball, dancing etc. Love your pictures, especially your dress! It is amazing that they had to learn so many dances with such specific required steps, sounds like each year! You really did take a chance on accepting to dance with a new introduction when you don’t know their skills yet. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

    • Thanks, Evelyn! I’m glad you enjoyed it. I’m glad it could give you a better picture of what a ball might really been like. It certainly has been eye opening for us as well!

  6. I love this post. I can imagine the scene, getting into and out f the car, um carriage, and walking acros the street. No wonder attendees were dropped at the entrance and didn’t walk; klss of a chance to ruin their dresses and dancing slippers. I always thought it was because they were too snobbish. I learned a great deal from this post. Thank you so much for sharing.

  7. I admire your courage in not only learning all the steps but also managing to put together all the proper attire. And then to have your husband and son participate – how lucky can you get. I don’t have any male person with whom I would be able to do this but did enjoy watching others while at the NYC annual conventions. two years ago, I believe.

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