Lady Jane Productions invites you…
…to Live in History
**New for this event… a light, pre-Ball Dinner!
Saturday, June 6, 2020
Postponed to Saturday, February 6, 2021
Dinner: 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Ball: 7:00 – 11:00 p.m.
The Fort Garry Hotel
7th Floor Concert Ball Room
222 Broadway Ave
Live in History, and imagine yourself transported to England circa 1815. It’s the world of Jane Austen, where Mr. Darcy and Miss Elizabeth Bennett are dancing by candlelight at the Netherfield Ball, where military heroes such as the Duke of Wellington have returned triumphant from the Napoleonic war, their regalia glittering, where there is dancing to live music, and where a frothy cup of syllabub is yours to sip with a room full of charming people.
You find yourself surrounded by the cheery sight of elegant, bejewelled ladies and dashing gentlemen who are all as delightful as they are delighted to find themselves with you in Regency England …all without the use of a time machine.
This event is an experience unlike any other you have imagined. You will immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, and tastes of Regency England with beautiful, period appropriate clothing, dancing, music, drink, and food.
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In which we learn how to dance…
Dance Classes / Social Dances take place on Sunday afternoons preceding the Ball (see event info) from 1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Harrow United Church, 955 Mulvey Avenue, Winnipeg, MB.
In which we dine…
THE DINNER (New for this event in 2021!)
(5:00-6:15 pm; doors at 4:45 pm)
Enjoy a Regency era-inspired, light dinner of Regency White Soup, the Fort Garry’s famous bread, Regency Greens (salad), and beautiful Beef Stew. A Vegetarian meal of Mulligatawny Soup with a beautiful Vegetable tart is available as an option.
In which we dance…
You arrive between 5:45 and 6:45 p.m. to register and have your portrait taken.
You mill about the lobby greeted by the excited friends that have come to spend the evening with you.
The Ballroom Doors open at 7:00 p.m.
After the ringing of the bell, the Room Promenade commences. You are announced to the room at the door, and you have prepared a fictitious “historic” name (unless, of course, you have a title!). Tonight, you have selected “The Duke and Duchess of Pembina-shire.”
Lady Jane greets you warmly, and you take a formal stroll about the room to see and be seen. You sip syllabub and enjoy the immersive walk to a different time and place, accompanied by the music of the Pemberley Players chamber ensemble.
The promenade concludes and the first dance is announced at around 7:30 p.m.
The Dancing takes place all evening with one ~30 min interval. Each dance lasts between 5 and 12 minutes, and 2 to 5 minute breaks are taken in between each dance.
You dance all evening, guided by Lady Jane and accompanied by the Pemberley Players. Free from the grip of modernity, you are free to relax and enjoy the evening at your own pace.
Light refreshments are provided, and the bartending staff is on hand at the cash bar with libations.
The room is alive with laughter and light, and you are glowing with the joy of an evening well-spent.
No partner is necessary and no dance experience required. Many guests come solo, and many have never danced at a Regency Ball before. A dance partner is easily acquired, as it was commonplace in this period for people to dance with different partners over the course of an evening.
Dance classes are recommended for those of you who are new to the experience so that you can arrive at the ball ready to dance, just like you would have done in 1815. Classes are also recommended for those already in the LPJ community as a way to reconnect with “your regency ball friends” as well as reacquaint yourself with the dances.
Lesson dates, location, and details are found in ticket description.
English Regency Era dress (c. 1800 – 1820) is mandatory, and the use of cell phones is not permitted in the Ball Room.
Professional photography will be provided and made available to guests after the ball.
For more information about options for How to Dress for the Ball, CLICK HERE.
For resources on How to Dress for the Ball, CLICK HERE.