Jane Austen Ball

Presented by Commonwealth Vintage Dancers
Old Town Hall 32 Derby Square, Salem, MA
February 15 — 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
$35 general/$30 student

Dance like Miss Bennet or Mr. Darcy in an evening of lively country dances and elegant figured waltzes. Expert teaching and prompting from Antonia Pugliese will have everyone enjoying themselves on the dance floor. Enjoy beautiful and tasty refreshments and a chance to socialize and make new friends during the intermission. Our Jane Austen Ball is perfect for beginners. Historically accurate clothing from 1795-1815 will be much admired, but it is not required. Modern evening clothes or thrift store finds that are evocative of the period are also appropriate.

Learn dancing during the ball:

There will not be a stand-alone dance class on the day of the ball, but the dances will be taught throughout the evening. If you’re new to Regency dancing, the best advice you can get is to jump in and try it. The dances will increase in difficulty as the night goes on, building on the easier dances that have already been taught. New dancers are particularly encouraged to start dancing early in the evening.


Remember to bring a change of shoes – snow boots are no good for regency dancing! The best shoe choice would be something comfortable and flat. Sneakers have too much traction, and high heels are not good for this style of movement. Dance shoes are great if you have them.