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Pride and Prejudice was published 201 years ago, on January 28th, 1813!  Join the MAILING LIST to keep posted on our many classes, workshops, lectures, meals, balls & other social events, and follow us on TWITTER: @janeaustendance, @yorkregencysociety, and @1812dance!  For our upcoming events, scroll down.

Page updated October 30th

2014 CALENDAR 

(JAD’s sixth year!)

Ongoing friendly and fun Thursday-night dance classes;  if you are interested, please RSVP. The cost is $65 for a four-lesson course, $50 for students. Students receive considerably reduced rates for tickets to my Jane Austen balls. The next course begins on Thursday, November 20, and will be focused on preparation for the Netherfield Ball. NETHERFIELD BALL INTENSIVE WORKSHOPS BEGIN THIS WEEKEND. If you would like more information about either the weekly prep classes, the weekend workshops or the ball itself, please contact me (see below).

* Please note that all JaneAustenDancing and Toronto English Country Dancers events are fragrance-free. Your kind co-operation is appreciated by all!*

Friday, November 21st. Toussaint: traditions of the Dark Months. Not a JAD event, but steeped with the allure of Breton folklore as in AS Byatt's Booker prize-winning novel Possession. See danceweavers.ca/toussaint.html for more information.

Netherfield Ball

Friday, December 12

On Friday, December 12, we will recreate the ball at Netherfield in Pride and Prejudice, performing some of the best-loved dances from the films and other dances popular in Austen's time, for example reels, the Boulangerie (the only dance mentioned by name in her letters), and a cotillion. This event will feature live music, Regency table games, a Birth Day toast to Austen (whose birthday was December 16th), and special holiday treats in addition to other elegant Regency refreshments. Please note that solid basic English Country Dance skills are required for attendance at this ball, and attendance at the pre-ball workshops is required unless you have made another arrangement with the Dancing Mistress. The ball prep course will take place on Thursday evenings, but special workshops will be given on Friday evenings and Saturday afternoons as well. Dress code: Regency or late 18th-century. Tickets are $35 or $30 for students. Payment can be made by cheque or via electronic banking. Please contact the Dancing Mistress for more information; her address is JaneAustenDancing at g mail dot com.

Fezziwig's Family Christmas Ball

Sunday, December 14

A family-friendly children's ball featuring the simple social dances of Charles Dickens's youth, with live music. Join us and experience Fezziwig's Ball as described in the classic story A Christmas Carol. Montgomery's Inn, an authentic 19th-century hostelry, has wonderful atmosphere -- we'll have all toes tapping to the sound of the fiddle and all dancing merrily before the fire! Schedule and other details coming soon.

Friday, December 19th

A Jane Austen Christmas Supper

At historic Montgomery's Inn. Enjoy the pleasures of the Georgian table during the festive season, supping by candlelight and the comfort of an open fire. There is no more delightful way to experience the holidays!

Additional dates will be posted, including information on more Regency Fashion Days, the Jane Austen Supper Club, York Regency Society Tea-lecture series, Jane Austen Festival, balls, breakfast dances, dance workshops, lectures and other events.

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Past Events 2014, 2013, 2012

Trafalgar Ball Saturday, October 18

Doors open 5.30

English Country Dance basics workshop 5.45-7 pm (required for those newer to English Country Dancing)

Ball with live music, elegant refreshments and Regency table games 8-10.30

Tickets $35, $30 for students; ball-only tickets for experienced English Country Dancers can be arranged through the dancing mistress.

Payment can be made by cheque or cash, or electronically for those with online banking. Kindly contact me to register.

New people are most welcome, and need no partner or dance experience so long as they can attend the basics workshop at 5.45. Please note that only flat, sturdy shoes are allowed on the dance floor: no heels or sandals-type shoes. If you need advice about suitable footwear, please contact me, but old, well-worn running shoes work well on our floor.  

Dress code: historic garb encouraged, but optional. Note: three Regency gowns for rent monstrous cheap! ($20)

Friday, August 22nd -- The Jane Austen Supper Club


at historic Montgomery's Inn

7 - 10 pm

MENU

Macaroni with parmesant


Raspberries and cream

Cucumbers stewed


Potted salmon


Fresh figs


Roast turkey with brown celery sauce and force meat balls


Olives

French salad


Toasted cheese

Dress code: historical wear strongly encouraged, but not required. A small number of outfits are available for rent at modest rates; please contact me for details.


Doors open 6.30

Short lecture on the nature of the late-Georgian supper 7

Supper served 7.30

Looking forward to seeing you at the Inn!

Thursday, May 29

Social Dance

calling by Karen Millyard

7 - 9.30 pm, St. Barnabas Anglican Church hall, 361 Danforth at Chester subway. Please use the side entrance, on Hampton Ave.

$10 / $7 for students, seniors

Casual dress; no partner or dance experience required; all welcome.

Lace-up, flat-soled shoes only; no heels or sandals.

Completely fragrance-free.

Kindly bring your own reusable water bottle/cup to help reduce environmental waste.

Saturday, May 17

Social Dance with live music

calling by Karen Millyard

Community potluck supper 7-8 (set-up at 6.30)

8 - 10.30 pm, St. Barnabas Anglican Church hall, 361 Danforth at Chester subway. Please use the side entrance, on Hampton Ave.

$10 / $7 for students, seniors

No costumes, partner or dance experience required; all welcome.

Lace-up, flat-soled shoes only; no heels or sandals.

Completely fragrance-free.

Kindly bring your own reusable water bottle/cup to help reduce environmental waste.

Thursday, May 1st

Beginners' Course in English Country Dancing

Thursday, April 24

Shakespeare's 450th Birthday Dance Party

The English Country Dances and tunes of Shakespeare's era are the forerunners of Jane Austen's. Just as captivating, they offer a rich experience of earlier times. Come explore this older repertoire with us.

7 - 10 pm, St. Barnabas Anglican Church hall, 361 Danforth at Chester subway. Please use the side entrance, on Hampton Ave.

$10 / $7 for students, seniors

*** No partner or dance experience required, but if you're new to English Country Dancing please attend the basics workshop from 7-8. ***

Flat-soled shoes only; fragrance-free. Kindly bring your own water bottle/cup, and bring a snack to share at the break, if you can.

Thursday, April 17

English Country Dance Callers' workshop

No experience (or ambition) required: this workshop is for anyone interested in finding out what calling is all about (it's much more complex than it might seem!). The first part will be discussion, the second calling and dancing. Pre-registration is required if you intend to call a dance. $10, $7 for students.

Flat-soled shoes only; completely fragrance-free (your co-operation is appreciated). Kindly bring your own water bottle/cup. There will be two short breaks with snacks.

Sunday, April 13

Publick Breakfast and Dance at Historic Montgomery's Inn

No partner or dance experience required; all welcome!

Includes an English Country Dance basics workshop (required to dance in the afternoon), historic hot breakfast, tour of the Inn, and social dancing to live music. Regency clothing optional.

Several tickets still available; to reserve yours, phone (416) 578-1031. If new to English Country Dancing, you must attend the morning dance workshop.

Menu and schedule here (pdf)

Registration form here (pdf)

Sunday, March 23rd

The York Regency Society

is pleased to present a talk on Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent

(father of Queen Victoria)

by special guest Nathan Tidridge,

historian, writer and recipient of the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal

at

Toronto’s First Post Office and Museum

260 Adelaide Street East,

(416) 865-1833


1 - 4 p.m.

The meeting includes afternoon tea, writing letters with a quill pen and admission to this gem of a small museum. Learn how to write as they did in the early City of York during the 1812 era. Seal your letter with wax and mail it at Toronto’s First Post Office museum! Enjoy afternoon tea, explore the museum, and meet other history enthusiasts. There is also an enchanting little gift shop stocked with many unusual items, including antique inkpots, books and quill pens.

Cost $20, $15 students and seniors; space is limited, and pre-registration is strongly encouraged.

York Regency Society registration form March 23 meeting

Saturday, March 15

Jane Austen Dance Workshop and Ball

No partner or dance experience needed!

The evening will feature decorations, elegant Regency-era refreshments, historical table games, live music, and the politest of company.

The afternoon workshop is prerequisite for those newer to English Country Dancing and also excellent as a refresher for those who can’t attend regularly. The workshop is friendly and fun, no matter what your skill level. All welcome!

Returning ball attendees who have been to two or more of my events are encouraged to attend the workshop, at no extra charge.

Dress code: Regency (Jane Austen/1812) wear preferred, but optional. The first workshop of the afternoon will show you how to use your own clothes for a temporary Regency outfit. I also have several simple gowns for rent monstrous cheap.

Venue

St Barnabas Anglican Church hall, 361 Danforth Ave. at Chester subway. Please use the side entrance on Hampton Ave. Street parking is available and there is a Green P parking lot behind the subway station.

Schedule

1.30 Doors open

2 - 2.45 Regency clothing and hair makeover for ladies & gentlemen

3- 5 English Country Dance basics workshop (required for dancing at the ball)

6.30 The Dressing bell

8 - 10.30 Dancing to live music, table games, refreshments, & toasts to the King!

Ball-only tickets can be arranged by experienced English Country Dancers by phoning me at the number on the registration form. Regular ball attendees (two balls or more) are strongly encouraged to attend the afternoon workshop as dance angels or for a warm-up/refresher, particularly if they cannot get out regularly, at no extra cost. Ball-only tickets must be arranged with the organizer.

February 21st Regency Supper Club inaugural event at Montgomery’s Inn. This will include an introduction to the Georgian supper, the meal itself, and an elegant evening of cards and music by the fire.

Menu

A Supper of Seven Dishes

Fricasee of chicken

Poached eggs served on spinach

Fried smelts with anchovy sauce

Brandy fruit with lemon cream

Mushroom loaves

Asparagus with butter

Cold beef with dressed cucumbers

Regency Supper Club meetings, to be held at various historical sites around the city, will explore the oddities and delights of this Georgian meal. The meetings will vary in format and cost, but will always include a Regency supper and workshop or talk on one aspect of Georgian food, whether recipe reconstruction, specific information sources, research methods, social context or new projects. Some meetings will include hands-on cooking workshops. Menus will be posted to the website. We encourage attendees to wear Georgian clothing to enhance the experience of eating historical food in a historical site, but it is optional.

Friday, February 21: We will begin with an introduction to the social context of the Georgian supper, enjoy a thoroughly researched, beautifully presented and delicious meal by the historical cooks at Montgomery’s Inn
Museum, and finish the evening with Regency card games and music by the fire.

Dress code: historical clothing is encouraged, but completely optional.

Schedule

Doors open 6 p.m., and changing space will be available for those who wish to dress.

6.30 Introduction to the Georgian Supper

7.15 A Supper of Seven Dishes

8.15 - 10 p.m. Regency card games and live music by the fire.

Cost

$35 ($30 students and seniors)

Space is limited, so please book soon. *Please note that you must confirm your registration by e-mail or by telephone when you send your payment.*

Registration form for Regency Supper Club February 21st event

February 15th – Midwinter Masquerade Ball

Photo from our 2012 Midwinter Masquerade, Quill & Quire Magazine

The evening will feature decorations, Regency-era refreshments, table games and door prizes. Special prizes awarded for costumes that best represent the spirit of the 18th-century masquerade!

Discover the delights of a Georgian masquerade ball, with all its sly fun, colourful costumes, and saucy role-play, in addition to wonderful dancing, live music, and the best company!

No partner or dance experience needed, but the afternoon workshop is prerequisite for those newer to English Country Dancing and also excellent as a refresher for those who can’t attend regularly. The workshop is friendly and fun, no matter what your skill level. All welcome! Returning ball attendees are encouraged to attend the workshop, at no extra charge.

Start thinking about who you’d like to be! Joan of Arc? A pirate? Shepherdess or King?

Dress code

Fancy-dress or masquerade costumes optional, but warmly encouraged. Ordinary Regency or 18th-century clothing is fine, as are modern-day party clothes, but please refrain from wearing modern Hallowe’en-style outfits such as Batman costumes.

Masks are optional, and can cut down on peripheral vision. Please ensure that if you do wear a mask it is made of non-off-gassing materials. Your consideration is much appreciated!

Venue

St Barnabas Anglican Church hall, 361 Danforth Ave. at Chester subway. Please use the side entrance on Hampton Ave. Street parking is available and there is a Green P parking lot behind the subway station.

Schedule

1.30 Doors open

2 - 2.45 Regency clothing and hair makeover for ladies & gentlemen

3- 5 English Country Dance basics workshop (required for dancing at the ball)

6.30 The Dressing bell

8 - 10.30 Dancing to live music, table games, refreshments, & toasts to the King!

Ball-only tickets can be arranged by experienced English Country Dancers by phoning me at the number on the registration form. Regular ball attendees (two balls or more) are encouraged to attend the afternoon workshop as dance angels or for a warm-up/refresher, particularly if they cannot get out regularly, at no extra cost. Ball-only tickets must be arranged with the organizer and cost $25, $20 for students/seniors.

Sunday, January 26 Explore the mysteries and meanings of 18th-century masquerade culture in our annual pre-masquerade illustrated talk and afternoon tea. Open to general public as well as ball attendees. An excellent opportunity for those wishing to plan or research a costume or mask for our annual Midwinter Masquerade Ball!

Includes an illustrated talk on the Georgian masquerade, writing letters with a quill pen and afternoon tea party. Pre-registration is required, as space is limited. Please book soon.

Venue: Toronto’s First Post Office (full-service post office and museum), in the heart of Old Town Toronto. 260 Adelaide St E, just east of George St.

Tickets $20, $15 for students and seniors. Pre-registration is required.

Registration form

January 3rd & 4th

On the twelfth day of Christmas...

Who will be this year’s Lord or Lady of Misrule? Find out at our third annual Twelfth Night Dance Party at Montgomery’s Inn! Includes dance workshop, historical cold supper, the singing of traditional carols, candlelight tour of the Inn, games, Twelfth Cake, wassail, and best of all, dancing to live music by a roaring Christmas fire!

No partner or prior dance experience is needed; the afternoon workshop will prepare you to dance at the ball that night, and our community is friendly and welcoming: we all change partners at the end of each dance.

Dress code: Modern clothing is fine, but Mediaeval, Renaissance, Stuart, 18th century or Regency period dress is encouraged, as are dance-friendly mumming costumes. (Three Regency gowns are available for rent at $20 each. Please book ahead if you would like to use one.)

Schedule


4 - 5 Dressing, carol-singing by the fire & games
5 - 6.30 Dance workshop (required for people newer to English Country Dancing)
6.30 Supper
7.30 - 8 Candlelight tour of the Inn
8 - 10.30 Dancing with shortbread, Twelfth-cake and wassail served during the break

Prices and registration form

There are a few tickets left for Saturday, January 4, but space is limited, so please phone (416) 578-1031 to see whether you can still get in. If you are new to English Country Dancing, you must attend the 5 pm dance workshop in order to dance at the ball.

 

December 7 – Christmas Ball. Includes afternoon Regency clothing and hair makeover session, afternoon dance workshop, evening ball with live music, elegant refreshments, Regency table games and decorations.


November 23Toussaint. Traditions of the Dark Months

While not an Austen-related event, this will nevertheless be a spellbinding evening: storytelling and music from the rich folklore tradition of Bretagne (Brittany), where during the Black Months of November and December all gathered by the fire to listen to the eerie tales of Celtic coastal France.

By the fireplace at Montgomery’s Inn. Featuring renowned performers Anne Lederman on fiddle and storyteller Bruce Carmody. $20 / $15 students, seniors. Please note: we advise that some of the stories may not be suitable for children under 12. Hot cider will be served at the break.

Doors open 7 pm; performance 7.30-10. Cheques, cash and money orders accepted at the door; no credit cards or debit.

Contact information

Saturday, November 16Pirates’ and Sailors’ BallIncludes Regency clothing and hair session, afternoon dance workshop, and evening ball with live music, refreshments, table games, door prizes, naval displays and special decorations. Dress code: naval, piratical, or Regency wear is encouraged, but modern festive clothing is also lovely.

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Venue

St. Barnabas Anglican Church hall, 361 Danforth Ave at Chester subway (church side entrance on Hampton).

 

Thursday, November 14 Four-week course in English Country Dancing begins, St. Barnabas Anglican Church hall, 361 Danforth at Chester subway (use the side entrance, on Hampton Ave) No partner or dance experience required. No lead or follow, no fancy footwork. Fun and friendly! Beginner class 6.30-8; intermediate class 8.15-9.45. The intermediate class is welcome to attend the first class as dance angels! Please note that pre-payment is required. To register, please fill out the registration form and send it electronically with your Paypal notification or through the post with your cheque or money order. If you’re not sure how to send the form electronically, please contact me.

Saturday, November 9 – Bodice-making workshop and English cream tea taught by Regency sempstress Elizabeth Webb

Space is intentionally limited to ten people for this event so that each participant can receive individual attention: please book soon. $30.

The workshop will cover choosing a basic bodice design (rounded or squared neckline), creating the basic paper pattern for your bodice, how to enhance it, cutting it out of muslin, tacking the bodice together, attaching the skirt (there are several ways), and considering sleeve styles.

Participants are asked to bring some old cotton fabric or lightweight or theatre-weight dressmaking muslin, as well as pins, needles and plain thread. Stretchy fabrics are not suitable.

1-4 pm. at St. Barnabas Anglican Church hall, 361 Danforth Ave at Chester subway (church side entrance on Hampton). To register, phone (416) 578-1031

Sunday, October 20 – 1-3 pm, York Regency Society meeting. A spectacular way to open the YRS season! We will receive a personal tour of the stunning private collection of Napoleonic scholar J. David Markham, including 1812-era art, maps, portraits, furniture and artefacts. Includes a champagne reception. $20 ects.com/en_US/i/scr/pixel.gif" />

September 29 – Pride and Prejudice Acting Day and Tea Dance

Live the fantasy! Be Lizzy or Darcy for a day...

at Campbell House Museum

* No acting experience, costume or memorization required. *

12 pm - 4. Includes tea, a plate of delicate refreshments and dancing in the elegant Georgian ballroom. Spectators are welcome. Pre-registration required; please specify whether you will be playing Lizzy, Darcy, Mr Collins, or Charlotte Lucas, which scene(s) you wish to play, and whether you need a costume. Cross-dressing fine with us!

Acting Day active participants $20

Spectators $15

Students $10 (whether acting or watching)

Dress code for actors: Regency. A few simple gowns are available for rent in the $10-20 range, first-come, first-served. You can also use your own clothes; contact us for tips on what to bring. Kindly bring with you a slip or petticoat of some kind. A white fitted undershirt or T-shirt would also be helpful.

Please book rentals in advance. Gentlemen, if you need tips on your outfit, please contact us. If you would like to put together your own outfit, please let us know if you need help. Spectators may appear in modern clothes or Regency attire.

Please note: all dialogue will be taken from the novel. Memorization would be helpful, but is not required. However, the more fluent your lines and characterizations, the more fun the scenes will be. English accents not necessary.

A lesson in Regency etiquette and decorum will be given on September 29th. If you’d like to do some practising ahead of time, watch the BBC Pride and Prejudice starring Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth: the actors’ deportment is far more historically accurate than that shown in the big-screen version of the story. Upright posture is the foundation of correct Regency behaviour for the social status of these characters!

A few suggested scenes:

Mr Collins makes an offer at Longbourne House

Mr Collins makes another offer, this time more successfully at Lucas Lodge (imagined dialogue: write or improvise your script!)

They meet again! “His beautiful grounds at Pemberley” – a chance encounter

Mr Darcy makes an offer at Hunsford Parsonage

Mr Darcy makes another offer, somewhere in the lanes near Longbourne House

Thursday, July 11

Jane Austen Fashion 101 – Or, how to dress like Lizzy and Darcy

A three-part evening, with breaks and light refreshments.

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12 - 2 pm Dancing. Tickets $20. Important information.

All attendees must fill out a registration form.

Thursday, June 13

Pre-picnic English Country dance workshop

Thursday, June 6

Pre-picnic English Country dance workshop

Thursday, May 16, 2013  English Country Dance workshops 7-8.30 pm, 8.45-10.15 pm, tonight! No pre-registration required.

Cost $15 per workshop or both workshops for $20, students $10 per workshop or both workshops for $15. No partn erent learning styles. Classes taught by professional dance teacher Karen Millyard, and all questions happily answered.

Time Monday nights, 5.30 - 7 p.m.

Cost $65, or $50 for students/seniors. Family rates available. You can use the Paypal button below, or pay in cash or cheque at the door.

Venue St. Barnabas Anglican Church Hall, 361 Danforth Ave at Chester subway (side entrance on Hampton Ave.)

What to wear and bring Comfortable, layered clothes and old, well-worn running shoes for the afternoon dance workshop. No heels will be permitted on the dance floor. No exceptions will be made. Please bring your own cup or reusable water bottle and note that all JAD/YRS events are fragrance-free.

Sign up for the course using Paypal:

regular or student/senior

 

February 16  Midwinter Masquerade Ball

Registration

There are still some full-package tickets left; ball-only tickets are available for people who do ECD regularly (so that the attendees are all on the same page); absolute beginners cannot dance this evening, unfortunately. Payment at the door in cash or cheque. Spectator-only tickets $10. Each person attending the dance must send an e-mail to the address found at the bottom of this page (disguised) and fill out a

REGISTRATION FORM. Please print the form, fill it out and bring it with you. 

 You can either convert, scan or copy-and-paste the form into an e-mail; if paying by cheque please print out your form and send it by post to

Karen Millyard

75 Ulster St, Toronto, ON, M5S 1E8

SHOE POLICY

For both comfort and safety, only flat shoes are allowed at JaneAustenDancing events. No heels, sandals, clogs, etc. will be permitted on the dance floor. No exceptions will be made. Please wear shoes that allow you to turn easily on a wooden floor, but are not too slippery. Leather soles work well, as can suede. Very old (shiny, hard) rubber, such as well-worn running shoes, is good. (Don’t wear new running shoes — fresh rubber is too sticky; you’ll have trouble turning, which is hard on the joints.) Walking shoes, jazz shoes, and Oxford-style shoes are usually good. Please test your shoes on a wooden floor if possible. You are also welcome to bring more than one pair to test on the floor at the event. 

January 21st

Beginners' course in English Country Dancing

 January 13

Illustrated talk on the 18th-century masquerade ball, substantial afternoon tea, and letter-writing with quill pen and sealing wax.  (Though afternoon tea was not invented until after the Regency, we all enjoy it very much.)

At Toronto's First Post Office, 260 Adelaide St E, just east of Jarvis, from 1-4 pm.

January 10

Four-lesson ECD II level course starts.

This class is for people with a basic knowledge of English Country Dance figures and structures. If you are new to English Country Dancing, please see the introductory course description below (intro classes begin January 14).

No partner required. The ECD II course will take us past the basics to explorations in technique, musicality, timing, style, and partnering skills in addition to new figures and choreographies.

Thursday nights, 6.30 - 8 p.m.

Cost $65, or $50 for students/seniors. Family rates available.

St. Barnabas Anglican Church Hall,   361 Danforth Ave at Chester subway (side entrance on Hampton Ave.)

No partner needed, but pre-registration is required. Questions cheerfully answered at the e-mail address found (disguised) at the bottom of the page.

Twelfth Night Dance Party

Saturday, January 5

   SOLD OUT 

 Some tickets left for Sunday, Jan. 6

*** Sunday schedule ***

3 — Dance workshop
4.30 - 6 —
Supper and candlelight tour of the Inn
6 - 9 — Dancing to live music

Historic Montgomery’s Inn

On the twelfth day of Christmas...

Step into the atmosphere of times gone by. Explore the holiday customs of Old England — dance by the fire to traditional live music, enjoy a delicious supper and seasonal treats, play games and tour this fascinating historic Inn by candlelight, in all its festive decorations.

Perhaps you will find the bean in the Twelfth Cake, and become Lord or Lady of Misrule for the night!

Dress code: mumming costumes, historical (from Old English garb — mediaeval, Renaissance, Tudor — through cavalier/17th-century, 18th century, and 1812/Austen-era outfits), and festive modern clothing all most welcome.

All dances will be taught and led. No dance experience or partner are necessary (and there is no lead or follow), but the afternoon dance workshop is required for people newer to English Country Dancing and will help everyone enjoy the evenings dancing to the fullest.

Information on Montgomerys Inn can be seen by clicking the link above. The Inns website provides information about the building, amenities, parking and directions.

Past Events 2012

Sunday, December 16

Christmas Ball

*** Arrive in the afternoon you’ll be ready to dance at the ball that night. 

No partner or experience needed! 

Nothing to wear? Don't worry, the clothing workshop will set you up with a Regency outfit for the evening. ***

Join us as we celebrate the season and Miss Austen’s birthday with a ball in the very elegant West Hall of the Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Museum. The day will include a Regency clothing and hair workshop, Austen dance basics workshop, and tour of this lovely 19th-century building. Evening ball with refreshments, non-alcoholic punch and live music, in the beautifully decorated West Hall.

Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Museum

Please note that you must fill out and send a registration form. If paying with Paypal, you can copy and paste the form into an e-mail; if paying by cheque please print out your form and send it by post to

Karen Millyard

75 Ulster St, Toronto, ON, M5S 1E8

York Regency Society Meeting

Sunday, Dec. 2nd

1 - 4 pm

Christmas-card party, lecture and tea

This month’s lecture is

An introduction to the Regency: what is it, and why does it matter?

by Karen Millyard

at Toronto’s First Post Office

We will write, seal and mail our holiday cards using quill pens and sealing wax (handmade cards will be available for purchase, but you are welcome to bring your own), and enjoy a festive tea featuring seasonal treats!

(You can also get a head-start on your shopping: the Post Office’s delightful shop offers a wonderful selection of books, antique inkpots, quills, seals, and other unusual and fascinating gifts. And, of course, you can mail any overseas parcels you have ready and receive TFPO’s special postmark!)

 November 15

Four-lesson beginners’course starts. (Please note that there will be no class on Nov. 29; the course dates are Nov. 15, 22, Dec. 6, 13.)

All welcome! No partner required.

Thursday nights, 6.30 - 8 p.m.

Cost $65, or $50 for students/seniors. Family rates available.

St. Barnabas Anglican Church Hall,   361 Danforth Ave at Chester subway (side entrance on Hampton Ave.)

No partner needed, but pre-registration is required.

November 17 Pirates’ Ball

(All welcome! Nautical wear, including pirates, sailors, mermaids, stevedores, etc. optional, but warmly encouraged.)

Featuring a lecture by renowned naval historian Peter Twist on pirates past, present, and on-screen! (Peter is a consultant for the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, among many other things.)

A limited number of copies of Fiddlers and Whores: the Candid Memoirs of a Surgeon in Nelsons Fleet by James Lowry will be available on-site. To read a summary and review of this book, click here.

LOCATION

Danforth Ave at Chester subway

SCHEDULE  

1.30     Doors open

2–2.45     Wardrobe and hair session

Please note: this is for Regency dress only; no advice on “piracy” will be offered!

3          Two-hour English Country Dance basics workshop

All welcome! Includes one break. Unless you already have strong English Country dance skills, the afternoon workshop is prerequisite for attendance at the ball. It is also excellent as a refresher for those who can’t get to dances regularly. It is fun and friendly; we look forward to having you join us!

5          Dinner break

The venue will be unlocked and supervised. You are welcome to bring your own supper to eat on-site or leave your things in the hall and explore the gustatory opportunities of the Danforth.

6          The dressing bell

Help and advice will be nearby. Table games will be set out during this time. Please be aware that dressing can take much longer than you anticipate, and plan accordingly. It’s so much nicer if we all open the ball as a group!

7.15     Power-point presentation on pirates past, present and on-screen (included for ball-only tickets). By distinguished naval historian and Pirates of the Caribbean consultant Peter Twist. Please arrive well  before the lecture begins and include time for changing!

8 – 10.30     Ball with dancing, live music, decorations, toasts to His Majesty’s Royal Navy, Regency table games and elegant refreshments! All dances taught, walked through and cued during the music.

 

Please plan to arrive at least half an hour before your first workshop so that everyone can sign in, change their shoes, and get settled in good time. We have very large numbers of people arriving at once, and your consideration will be most appreciated by everyone. Thank you!  

 

* Ball prerequisite: either attendance at the afternoon workshop or strong skills in English Country Dancing. If you are not a regular English Country Dancer, or are not sure where you fit, please contact me.

 

PRICING AND REGISTRATION 

 

If this is your first time at this event, you must send a registration e-mail before attending, no matter how last-minute you register.

 

 

 

 

Regular

 

 

 

 

Student

Ball* only (includes Pirateslecture)

30

25

Full package (dance workshop, hair/clothing session, Pirateslecture, evening ball and refreshments)

Group rates: please enquire.

60

50

 

* Ball prerequisite: either attendance at the afternoon workshop or strong skills in English Country Dancing. If you are not a regular English Country Dancer, or are not sure where you fit, please contact me.

 

Everyone in nautical wear (either pirate or sailor, or related profession/persona such as mermaid, stevedore, Neptune, or similar) will receive a modest discount upon presenting their artfully or ingeniously dressed persons at the door.

 

REGISTRATION FORM (REQUIRED)

 

Pay now using Paypal

 

(and please note that Paypal registrants must send a list of the participants names to me via e-mail)

After November 9

There is no Paypal option for ball-only tickets. To enquire about ball-only tickets, please e-mail me.

Sunday, October 21st

Breakfast dance at historic Campbell House  SOLD OUT 

A new waiting list will be started in case of last-minute cancellations. Please note the schedule change, below. 

*** SCHEDULE CHANGE: The ball will now be significantly longer, from 1.30 - 4.45, so that all the people on the waiting list *as of noon Oct. 15* can attend. *** 

Please note that workshop attendees are requested to wear layered, modern street clothes. Space to change will be available after the workshop and before the ball. Time, however, will be more limited, so please keep your toilettes simple (this is a day event rather than an evening ball, so you have an excuse!) and if possible arrive with your hair done.

*** Fragrance-free note: a reminder that this is a fragrance-free event. Please do not use hairspray or any scented shampoos or other personal-care products. Thank you. ***

FULL SCHEDULE HERE

Eat a sumptuous Georgian breakfast on a service of Coalport china, by the crackle and glow of an open fire. Experience the social dances of Austen’s day in a historic ballroom, to the sound of live music. Enjoy period table games and tea in the elegant ground-floor reception rooms, sip a dainty glass of shrub* served from an authentic Regency decanter, and take a tour of this exquisite City of York home.

Breakfast-only tickets, dance packages, and combination packages are available for sale.

Dress code: Period attire strongly encouraged, but not required.

* A concoction of white wine, brandy, sugar,
lemon and nutmeg

 

Sunday, October 14

Quill-writing workshop

and tea

The inaugural meeting of the 

YORK REGENCY SOCIETY 

and the

YRS Letter-writing Club 

will be held at

Toronto’s First Post Office

(260 Adelaide Street East,

phone 416 865-1833)


on Sunday, October 14th, 2012,

1 - 4 p.m.

Learn how to write letters with a quill, just as they did in the early City of York (the 1812 era). Mail your own letter at Toronto's First Post Office museum, complete with sealing wax! Enjoy afternoon tea, explore the museum, and meet other history enthusiasts. The meeting also includes admission to this gem of a small museum as well as afternoon tea and the chance to browse in the enchanting little gift shop stocked with many unusual items, including antique inkpots.

Admission for the workshop-meeting on October 14 is $20. This event is open to the general public: you do not need to be a member of the YRS to attend.

Cash or cheque is accepted, or payment through paypal. If using paypal, please bring a printed copy of the transaction with you. 

Historical breakfast and dance at Montgomerys Inn

No partner or dance experience required. No lead or follow, no fancy footwork. The morning workshop will prepare you to enjoy the afternoon's social dance, even if you've never danced a step in your life!

Sunday, June 24

schedule (subject to change)

10 - 11.15  Georgian Breakfast

11.30 - 1 p.m. English Country Dance workshop (required for new or less experienced ECD people)

1.20 - 3.30 — Social dancing to live music.

3.30 -- Tour of the Inn (included) or tea (not included)

 FOOTWEAR: FLAT SOLES ONLY. NO HEELS OR SANDALS WILL BE PERMITTED.

For the menu, click on "Georgian Breakfast", above.

Discover some of the lost joys of the past. The social dances of Jane Austen's time and the 1812 era are fun, full of variety, and easy to learn.

No partner or dance experience needed: dance workshop included, and our dance community is friendly; we switch partners after every dance.

 

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A Weekend with Jane Austen

April 20-22, 2012

Toronto, Ontario

All welcome — you do not have to be a member of the Jane Austen Society to attend, but you can join this weekend if you wish!

Dress code: Regency attire is optional, though encouraged for the Saturday evening ball.

*** April 18 — THE BALL IS SELLING OUT FAST, AND THERE AREN'T MANY TICKETS LEFT. This notice will be updated frequently. ***

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Workshops, lectures, fashion show, tours, concert, ball — poster

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PROGRAMME and SCHEDULE

 (subject to change; for the detailed schedule, click here)

Friday, April 20

An evening at 1812-era National Historic Site Fort York

6 p.m. — Registration opens; the programme begins at 7. Includes a lamplight tour of selected Fort buildings, a dance demonstration, fashion show, and cold buffet supper featuring a variety of both hearty and delicate fare. Suitable for vegetarians.

Saturday, April 21

At St. Barnabas Anglican Church Hall, 361 Danforth Ave. at Chester subway

The wonderful Book City will provide a book table for Saturday morning and afternoon. The novels of Austen, Burney and other late-Georgian writers will be featured, as well as relevant non-fiction. They will accept Visa and Mastercard on-site; for large purchases there will be the option of paying by debit across the street at the Book City store."The accommodations to be had on board a man o' war" — a lively and informative talk by renowned military historian Peter Twist.

 Illustrated talk on dance in the novels of Jane Austen and Fanny Burney, by Karen Millyard

Portraits of Respectability: The middling classes and
formal portraiture in England, 1730 to 1810 — a power-point presentation by
Prof. Karen Stanworth of York University. Professor Stanworth will give us a brief overview of trends in portraiture in 18th-century Britain as well as a discussion on how portraiture was used as a form of social representation in this time of great change.

Prof. Robert Morrison of Queen's University, Kingston, will give a talk on his
new, annotated edition of Persuasion, just published by Harvard University Press. Copies will be available for purchase and signing. For a review of the book, click here.

Hands-on letter-writing workshop; materials and postage will be provided; the quill is yours to keep. Letters will be franked and posted at Toronto's First Post Office.

Pre-ball workshop: English Country Dance basics (no partner or dance experience required)

Evening ball with live music, Regency-era refreshments and polite society. Only about 20 tickets left, so register as soon as possible to avoid disappointment!

Sunday, April 22

A day at the historic and lovely Montgomery's Inn.

Georgian breakfast: hot and cold dishes eaten for breakfast in Austen's time; tea, spiced drinking chocolate, coffee and cider. Suitable for vegetarians. Priced separately.

MENU FOR GEORGIAN BREAKFAST 11 a.m., SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2012

Steel-cut oatmeal with cream
Plum cake
Eliza Smith’s cake
Fine white bread with butter, honey, marmalade
Whole grain bread
Hot crumpets
Ham
Eggs
Smoked herrings
Fruit
Coffee, tea, spiced drinking chocolate, cider

12 o'clock Did she or didn't she? A talk on Regency underwear by Elizabeth Webb

1 p.m. Historical lacemaking: a lecture and demonstration by Linda Lorraine

2 p.m. Tender and Impassioned: a concert of music from Austen's personal collection. Programme researched and selected by Dr. Dorothy de Val. Austen's taste was eclectic, as this selection of contemporary instrumental and vocal music will show. Charming and often dramatic, these pieces by the fashionable London composers of her time are rarely if ever heard today, and will recreate the atmosphere of elegant music-making that prevailed in the drawing rooms of her time. Featuring Barbara Ackerman on flute, Stephen Fuller on violin, Laura Jones on violoncello, Dorothy de Val on piano and Susanna McCleary, soprano.
For the concert programme,
click here (pdf).

Regency table games (instructions provided)

Tours of the Inn

Farewell tea and mingle — see you next year!

*** The Toronto chapter of the Jane Austen Society of North America (JASNA) will set up an information table during the weekend. You can join on the spot! ***

*** The Jane Austen Shop will be on-site during the weekend. ***

***  GEORGIAN BREAKFAST SUNDAY, APRIL 22nd ***

At Montgomery's Inn. The breakfast is priced separately. A selection of hot and cold dishes eaten in Austen's lifetime will be served, as well as tea, coffee, cider and spiced drinking chocolate. For the menu, click here. Suitable for vegetarians. Due to problems some site visitors were having with the registration buttons this past week, Montgomery's Inn has graciously permitted the extension of breakfast ticket purchases.

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Registration form (pdf)

Important registration information (pdf)

*** NEW PAYMENT OPTION  JAD can now accept American cheques. *** 

Payment options, student/senior rates, and registration — revised April 19. Single-session tickets, including for Saturday (specific lectures or workshops), will be available at the door only, space permitting, on a first-come, first-served basis. They cannot be reserved in advance. As of April 19, it looks as though some single-session tickets will be available for various parts of the event. However, this can change quickly. Watch this space or e-mail me to be sure whether the session you want to attend is still open.The ball in is selling out fast. Cheques and cash in Canadian or American currency will be accepted (USD at par) at the door; no credit cards can be accepted on-site, except for Book City purchases.

Reduced rates for students and seniors: if you're using Paypal, these rates can only be seen on the drop-down menus, so make sure to click on the tiny arrows or they won't show.

If paying by cheque, please make your cheque out to Karen Millyard and mail it along with your registration form to 75 Ulster St, Toronto, ON, M5S 1E8. You must send a completed registration form along with your cheque, or your registration will not be processed!

Paypal users must complete and send a registration form as well as submitting their payment. Canadian registrants can use Paypal or personal cheques; registrants from the United States or overseas can use Paypal, cheques or international money orders, in either USD or Canadian funds. Please do not send cash through the mail. Credit cards cannot be used on-site except for book purchases made through Book City. Don't forget to fill out and e-mail your registration form when you pay through Paypal. Fill out the form with the names of all attendees, as well as full details of which parts of the event EACH PERSON is attending, so that we know where to place you on the registration list. Thank you -- this will help us prevent confusion and delays at the registration desk.

REGISTER NOW

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April 21 — A day of lectures and workshops / dancingOption A. Daytime (non-dance) package Option B. Dance-only package (afternoon dance workshop, evening ball) Option C. Complete Saturday package (full day and evening, dance workshop and ball included) April 22 — Sunday at Montgomery's Inn

Georgian breakfast Option A: Full day package. Includes two lectures, concert, tea, games and tour. Breakfast priced separately. Option B. Concert package. Includes concert, tea, games and tour. Does not include lectures or breakfast. Option A. Full weekend non-dance package (Friday, Saturday daytime, Sunday). Does not include dancing or breakfast. Option B. Complete weekend package (Friday, all of Saturday, Sunday). Includes dance workshop and ball. Does not include breakfast.

This page is being updated very frequently with new links and information on the programme, schedule, travel, accommodations, and so on, so please check regularly for new information. You can check the date of the most recent revisions by looking at the bottom of this page.

NEW  — The charming and historic Hotel Victoria, in the safe and populous heart of downtown Toronto, has graciously extended their special rates to us at $114 Cdn per night, available from April 19th through 21st. A short walk from VIA, GO trains and buses at Union Station and the shuttle to Billy Bishop airport (only minutes away itself), this hotel is also mere steps from Toronto's excellent subways and streetcars. Optional breakfast, but excellent restaurants abound in the area as well. Perfectly located for all three days of A Weekend with Jane Austen, one streetcar ride will take you either along King St. or along the lakeshore via Queen's Quay to within a few hundred yards of Fort York. Another will take you through the original old town of York, across the Don River and up scenic Broadview Ave to Danforth Avenue (Greektown) and a two-block, pleasant walk to St. Barnabas Anglican Church. Or the subway can take you right across the road from St. Barnabas within a few minutes, and will carry you to Islington Avenue for our Sunday at Montgomery's Inn.

Please note: there is no online booking form for this rate. You must reserve via phone or e-mail (see the Hotel Victoria website for details), and mention that you are attending this event. 

Other hotels and b&bs: there are many options in the city. You can search BBCanada and the Toronto Bed and Breakfast Association, but keep in mind that there are b&bs in the city that aren't members and so aren't listed on their sites. Do your own web search for them and you'll come up with some very nice places.

 

GETTING AROUND

 

Toronto is a safe, clean city, with an outstanding network of subways, streetcars, buses and commuter trains. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) offers inexpensive one-day passes that can be used by two adults travelling together (weekends only) or one adult making multiple trips. Single-trip tokens and students or seniors' tickets can be purchased at all subway stations; tickets can sometimes be purchased at local shops such as newsagents.

 

Details: Letter-writing workshop -- lively talk on letter-writing in an age not only before our "keyboard culture" but long before the ballpoint pen! Full of fascinating detail and followed by a hands-on workshop. You will learn how to use a quill pen and ink, write, fold and seal your own letter, which will be posted at Toronto's First Post Office. All materials are furnished, and the quill is yours to keep. Letter-writing materials, including antique stone inkpots, will also be available for purchase. Workshop led by Kate McAuley of
Toronto's First Post Office.

 Porter airlines has a seat sales until midnight on Thursday, April 19. Please note that their quoted prices are inclusive, with all taxes and departure fees already factored in. They fly from Canadian and American cities right into downtown Toronto — about a five-minute cab ride from Fort York — so travel times, lineups and waits are all much shorter than travelling via Pearson International outside the city. Lower departure fees, as well. American cities include Burlington, Vermont; Myrtle Beach; Chicago; New York; Boston; and Washington DC. Canadian locations include St John's; Moncton; Halifax; Quebec City; Montreal; Mt. Tremblant; Ottawa; Timmins; Sudbury; Sault St Marie; Windsor; and Thunder Bay. For information on Billy Bishop International Airport and its fantastic central location, click here.

Cheap, quick and hassle-free. 

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PARKING

If you are driving in from out of town for the weekend, consider buying a temporary parking permit from the City. They are extremely inexpensive and will allow you to park overnight on the street in most of the city neighbourhoods. Please note that these permits are area-specific; it makes most sense to buy one for the area where you plan to lodge for the night. Check the city's website parking map to see which district you'll need.

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*** DANCE-FLOOR SHOE POLICY ***

Flat shoes only. No heels, sandals, clogs, slingbacks or similar open-type shoes will be permitted on the dance floor. No exceptions will be made. Please wear shoes that allow you to turn easily on a wooden floor, but are not too slippery. Leather soles work well, as can suede. Very old (shiny, hard) rubber, such as well-worn running shoes, is good. (Don't wear new running shoes -- fresh rubber is way too sticky. You'll have trouble turning, which is hard on the joints.) Walking shoes, jazz shoes, Oxford-style shoes, and some plastic-soled flat shoes (such as Chinese canvas shoes) can work. Please test your shoes on a wooden floor. You are also welcome to bring more than one pair to test on the floor on Saturday.

For more information on Karen Millyard's 1812 dance, music and lectures, click here.

For more information on services available to museums, schools, municipalities, film and theatre production companies, click here.


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(modern-dress community-based dance group)
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A Danceweavers Presentation

Toronto English Country Dancers
for information on the modern-dress community-based dance group

 

Past events

 

Friday, February 24

 

 1812 dance — introductory talk and beginners' workshop

 

An Ontario Heritage Trust Heritage Week event

 

 Canadians were dance-crazy in 1812, men and women alike. Come find out why!

Easy to learn: no partner or dance experience required, no lead or follow, and no fancy footwork! This is not like the couples' dance you're used to. You will

be weaving patterns in groups with the other dancers, to lively and

beautiful traditional tunes.

All welcome.

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Schedule

7.30 Doors open

7.45 Registration

8 - 10  Informal talk on social dance in the 1812 era and beginners' dance workshop. Includes a break with light refreshments.

Cost

If you pre-register via e-mail: $20 / $15 for students; group and family rates are available for pre-registration only. Cheques accepted for pre-registration.

At the door: $25 / $20

What to bring

A reusable cup or water bottle. Please wear comfortable, layered clothes and flat shoes — no heels or sandal-type shoes will be allowed. Old running shoes work well (new ones are too sticky and won't let you turn well). Jazz shoes and Oxford-type shoes are also good. Rubber soles can be too sticky; check to see if you can turn easily on the ball of your foot.

Venue

St. Barnabas Anglican Church hall, 361 Danforth Ave at Chester subway. The entrance is on the side street, Hampton Ave., south side of Danforth. Go through the gate and straight through the playground.

Venues: Danceweavers, 1812Dance and JaneAustenDancing events take place in various locations, but central and on the subway line unless otherwise specified. We also travel — if you would like me to do an event in your community, please contact me at 1812Dance at Danceweavers dot ca.

 Midwinter Masquerade Ball

*** costumes optional; as always, the focus is on dancing and fun! ***

Saturday, February 18 

JaneAustenDancing

Spend an evening in Jane Austen’s world. Dress in the elegant clothing of the period, try Regency-era treats and table games, and — best of all — dance at the ball! No partner, dance experience or fancy footwork necessary. No lead or follow. In just one afternoon, you will learn the dance skills and how to use your own closet to put together a Regency look at no extra cost. By the evening, you’ll already know some of the company and will be ready for the ball! I hope you will join us! 

 Dancing Mistress Karen Millyard 


Venues: Danceweavers, 1812Dance and JaneAustenDancing events take place in various locations, but central and on the subway line unless otherwise specified. We also travel — if you would like me to do an event in your community, please contact me at 1812Dance at Danceweavers dot ca.

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Details for February 18 ball

*** NEW Schedule *** 

Please plan to arrive at least half an hour before your first workshop so that everyone can sign in, change their shoes, and get settled in good time. We have very large numbers of people arriving at once, and your consideration will be most appreciated by everyone. Thank you!

2 -2.45 

Regular Regency wardrobe and hair session; no masquerade theme (an additional session will be scheduled if this one fills up). If you need help with your fancy-dress (masquerade) costume, please contact me. If there is enough demand, a second How-to-masquerade workshop will be scheduled (the first was on January 28).

3 - 5

Two-hour English Country Dance basics workshop.
All welcome! Includes one short break. Unless you already have strong English Country dance skills, the afternoon workshop is prerequisite for attendance at the ball. It is also excellent as a refresher for those who can’t get to dances regularly. It is fun and friendly; we look forward to having you join us!

5

Break for dinner. The venue will be unlocked and supervised. You are welcome to bring your own supper to eat on-site or leave your things in the hall and explore the gustatory opportunities of the Danforth.

6.30

The dressing bell. Changing space available on-site. Help and advice will be nearby. Please keep in mind that dressing can take much longer than you think, and it is important to begin the ball together! Kindly allow plenty of time between dinner and eight o'clock.

Table games will be set out during this time, for the amusement of those who are ready early.

8 - 10.30

Ball with dancing, live music, decorations, Regency table games and elegant refreshments! All dances taught, walked through and cued during the music.

Please plan to arrive at least half an hour before your first workshop so that everyone can sign in, change their shoes, and get settled in good time. We have very large numbers of people arriving at once, and your consideration will be most appreciated by everyone. Thank you!

 ***Please note: the early-bird pricing deadline is now one week earlier. For the early-bird ball discount your registration form and payment must be received or postmarked by midnight on Friday, February 11th.*** However, I urge you to register as soon as possible, especially if you are a first-timer: there are things to be collected for the afternoon workshops, and one-third of the tickets are already sold; if you wish to attend this event, please register soon!)

EARLY-BIRD PRICING (applicable until midnight, Friday, February 11)

  Regular Student price Group rates (early-bird only)

Dance workshop only

20

15

Please enquire

Hair and clothing session (optional)

15

10

Please enquire

Ball* only

20

15

Please enquire

Full package (dance workshop, hair/clothing session, evening ball and refreshments)

45

30

Please enquire

* Ball prerequisite: either attendance at the afternoon workshop or strong skills in English Country Dancing. If you are not a regular English Country Dancer, or you’re not sure where you fit, or have any other questions about the workshops or ball, please write me at < JaneAustenDancing at danceweavers dot ca >. Local calls only, and no texts, please: (416) 578-1031.

PRICING AND REGISTRATION AFTER MIDNIGHT, FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11

You must send a registration e-mail before attending, no matter how late you are registering, in order to receive the venue address and other information that is not posted on this website.

Regular

Student price

Dance workshop only

25

20

Hair and clothing session (optional)

15

10

Ball* only

25

20

Full package (dance workshop, hair/clothing session, evening ball and refreshments)

55

40

* Ball prerequisite: either attendance at the Feb. 18 workshop or strong skills in English Country Dancing. If you are not a regular English Country Dancer, or are not sure where you fit, please contact me.
Even if you’re paying at the door, you’ll need to send your registration e-mail in order to receive the venue address (which is not posted on this website), list of things to bring, footwear suggestions, etc.  


To register: Fill out the registration form send it with your cheque to Karen Millyard, 75 Ulster St, Toronto, ON, M5S 1E8 and an e-mail to < JaneAustenDancing at danceweavers dot ca > so I can send you your information package, including your list of things to bring for the clothing and hair session. For same-day registrations, please print the form and bring it with you, AND send an e-mail.

Location: Details will arrive in your registration information package, which cannot be delivered unless you send an e-mail.

Contact me for more information at JaneAustenDancing at gmail dot com.

Your Dancing Mistress Karen Millyard has been leading English Country Dances (specializing in 1812-era, or Regency style) for many years. She is a choreographer, researcher, consultant and professional dance teacher who works in museums and historical sites, theatre, television, schools and the community. She believes that dancing at Publick Assemblies ought to be fun rather than perfect!

It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively, without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind; — but when a beginning is made — when the felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, felt — it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more.

Emma, Jane Austen  

Join the JaneAustenDancing (JAD)
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April 29: Happy International Day of Dance! We can’t do our usual dancing in the
streets today due to the weather, but we’ll reschedule.
In the meantime, we’re posting this clip as a way of expressing our
feelings about dance: that it’s about joy, sharing, and community.
Enjoy the latest adventures of Matt!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNxm9Qcunq4