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