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Transport yourself to the age of Jane Austen for this costumed evening of Regency dance and other diversions at the Hotel Macdonald.

Edmonton, Canada Dance
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If you can't bring Edmonton to the Regency, bring the Regency to Edmonton! 
Many of us long to step through the pages of our favourite Jane Austen novel, and experience the delights of an evening enjoying the same music and the same dances that she would have enjoyed two centuries ago. Join your wistful contemporaries in an evening of dancing, music, cards and costumes, at Edmonton's most beautiful historic venue, the Hotel Macdonald on the eve of Michaelmas, one of the most important holidays of the year for the likes of Lizzy and Darcy. 
For those keen on participating in the dancing, there will be 3 lessons leading up to the Ball, on Sunday evenings in September, where you can polish up your dancing skills and allemand like a pro at the Ball. There will also be on-line tutorials and in-person workshops to help you create your own Regency costume, if you haven't already got a closet full of them. The Ball is costume-mandatory, but we will be flexible on what we accept as period appropriate. 

We are offering one lovely donated door prize of a shawl, reticule and hand-painted fan from Fashions Under seige.

Travel in time and in style to an age of elegance, September 28 at the Hotel Macdonald.

Risks and challenges

Ever since attending the Jane Austen Festival in Bath, England, I have longed to bring the beauty and the romance of Jane Austen to my home community of Edmonton. The Hotel Macdonald is the most beautiful historic building in our city, and a Regency Ball needs a proper setting. Wouldn't it be amazing, I thought, if I could get people in costumes to minuet through its grand halls? It turned out, all I had to do was ask.
Of course, the dancing is the most important part of any ball, and we needed an expert. The dances would have to be called, and people would need to learn the dances in advance or we would spend the whole ball stepping on each other's toes rather than twirling in each other's arms. I had all of the Folk Dancing and Jane Austen communities of Alberta engaged in helping me locate the right person, and just in the nick of time, we found her. The lessons will be at the Ritchie Community League in August, and I hope will be a fun all of their own.
I happened upon news of an Enlightenment Ball in the course of planning my Regency Michaelmas Ball, and I am joining forces with the organizers of that event to put on this one. They are going to supply the music and help spread the word.
Now all I have to do is get the people to dress up and show up. For the dressing up, I have found a costumier to make gowns and other items to order and I will be posting video tutorials and holding workshops for those who want to try their hand at putting together their own period garb. Workshops will also be at Ritchie Community League in August.
Getting people to show up is the reason I started this Kickstarter campaign. Tickets are limited, so buy early and help make this dream a reality!

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  • There will be games and music, and you can watch the dancing. Or, you can take the dance lessons and learn how to dance. No dance experience is required.

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  • You can order one (contact me for details) or you can come to the workshops and I will show you how to put one together. Ladies gowns start at $145. But you can make something pretty decent with some good thrift store finds, or sew one from scratch. You have to attempt a reasonable imitation of a Regency costume, but we won't turn anyone away if their dress is less than period perfect.

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  • Yes, but only if the campaign is successful, otherwise the event will not go ahead. I will sell tickets probably through ticketmaster after the campaign ends.

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    Donors will receive my heartfelt thanks and the gratification of knowing they were part of making this event possible.

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    Donors will receive a paperback copy of Follies Past: a Prequel to Pride and Prejudice, signed by the author and shipped to their doorstep.

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    Donors can attend the dance lessons in September, if they are not able to come to the ball but want to have some Regency fun. Dressing up welcome but not mandatory. Lessons are September 7, 14 and 21 at Ritchie Community League.

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    Donors will receive admission to the Ball, and can attend 3 dance lessons, where they will learn the dances from an expert. Lessons September 7, 14 and 21 at Ritchie Community League.
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    Donors will receive admission for 2 at the Ball, and dance lessons for 2 on the Sundays in September leading up to the Ball, where they will learn the dances from an expert.
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