A costume ball in the style of Jane Austen, with dancing, live music, food, cards and enormous fun, in the stunning Alberta Ballroom of the historical Palliser Hotel.
We teach the dances at lessons in advance, which require no partner and no dance experience. Details coming soon.
Here are some answers to FAQ's regarding the ball. Do let me know if there are others:
You do NOT need to come with a dance partner, and you may dance with anyone you like. It is not ballroom dance but English Country Dance, which is very different.
Lots of people come solo, or as groups, and couples of all descriptions are welcome.
Dance lessons are not mandatory, but strongly recommended if you have never done this kind of dance before. Register for the dance lessons on the ticket site. You do not need to have any kind of dance experience. Everyone can learn these dances.
If you are going to other costume rental shops, ask for "Regency" or "Napoleonic" or "Colonial" style dress. Military and naval uniforms are also a great option for men, and can sometimes be more readily acquired than civilian dress.
Dress code minimum for ladies is a full-length gown with covered shoulders. Flat shoes or shoes with TINY heels only, please. High heels were not worn at this time, and can be dangerous for dancing. For gentlemen, the minimum is a tail coat. The more historically accurate the better, but that is the minimum.
Ladies may come in gentlemen's dress if they prefer.
All dietary requirements can be accommodate with adequate notice. Simply message me and I will pass the info on to the hotel.
There is no formal age minimum, but we recommend guests be at least 14 years of age. It is not suitable for younger children, though it is possible that very keen and well-behaved 13 or even 12 year old accompanied by an attentive adult would do very well.
There will be a professional photographer capturing the event, and taking portrait photographs of all guests. You will be able to download these after the event.
Cell phones and cameras are not permitted in the ballroom itself, but may be used anywhere else in the hotel.
This event is THE MOST FUN you can imagine. It is highly addictive and can make the rest of life seem dull in comparison. You have been warned ;)