Dance Department invites public to Regency Ball
By Lexi Heninger
Thatcher, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s dance classes and the EAC Dance Club are hosting their annual, free Regency Ballon Saturday, November 12, 2011, at 7 p.m., in EAC’s Main Dining Hall.
“Come and enjoy an evening of music and dance from an elegant, bygone era,” says EAC dance instructor Gayla Curtis. “The Regency Ballis set in the time of the English Regency in the early 1800s. This was the era of the Napoleonic Wars, when Empress Josephine set the fashion for ladies with high empire waists and flimsy, gauzy dresses.”
Curtis invites everyone to come to the Regency Ball, where the nineteenth century’s secret “fan language” will be taught, as well as proper ballroom etiquette. Attendees of the ball are cordially invited to participate in the dances or remain part of the audience. “Bring a partner and learn how to chassé down the ballroom in a gallop or join in the grand march,” says Curtis. “The event is open and suitable to the entire public.”
Attire for the ball is dressy or appropriate to the time period. The dance class will perform and teach English country dances, cotillions, and waltzes. “Dances of the era were lively and bouncy, not smooth,” says Curtis, “with steps ranging from simple skipping to elaborate ballet-style movements.”
For more information about the Regency Ball, call Gayla Curtis at (929) 428-2194.