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Mar 23 2016

At the Spring Ball

Maria Grace at the ball

At the ball with my own Mr. Darcy

Spring is my favorite season for so many reasons: the end of winter, the mild temperatures, spring flowers and spring balls! What is there not to love?

Spring flowers greeted us for the ball.

Spring flowers greeted us for the ball.

Each spring our regional traditional dance society holds an English Country Dance event called Set for Spring. This year it was in Dallas and dancers from all over Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas gathered to dance the entire weekend. 

 

P1060244 We didn’t make it to the Friday evening ball–we couldn’t make it after work. But we were able to attend two workshops and the tea party Saturday morning and afternoon.

set for spring Morning Dance workshop

Morning Dance workshop

After 5 hours of dancing that morning, we were utter whipped and we hadn’t even gotten to the ball yet! I think we crawled to the hotel and just crashed.

set for spring.  And the afternoon workshop!

And the afternoon workshop!

After a nap and dinner, we broke out the Regency wear. Afterall, period dancing requires period garb right? And who doesn’t love to play dress- up?P1060253

 

 

The dancers weren’t the only ones who dressed for the occasion, our awesome live musicians did as well.  

P1060251I can see why balls were such huge events for young ladies in the Regency era.  A large group of dancers moving through the dance together, spinning and whirling in time with the music and each other while staring into the eyes of a desirable partner intoxicates like nothing else.

P1060252Many communities have traditional dance societies, so there’s a good chance there’s one in your vicinity. Even if you’re a novice dancer, I encourage you to give English Country Dance a try. I’m so glad my Mr. Darcy and I did!

 

 

3 comments

  1. Deborah Fortin

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time. There is a group in my area but they meet in a night when I have a long standing commitment. One day.

  2. JerryT

    Thanks so much for sharing.

  3. Anji

    I simply love that gown! Sounds like you had a real blast and you look such a handsome couple in your photos. Love the one right at the top, especially.

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