The Regency Assembly - Historical Dance
We learn and perform dances which were popular in
English Assembly Rooms during the Regency Period.
Our members are typically professionals who like to socialise whilst learning new skills and having fun.
Everyone is welcome to join us, most have no previous experience, whilst others have tried dance forms such as;
Salsa or other popular Latin American styles.
The Regency Assembly offers an attractive alternative to
these modern styles. We place much emphasis on
personal grace, deportment and social etiquette.
If you have read novels by Jane Austen or enjoyed films such as Pride &
Prejudice, perhaps you have wondered what it must have felt like; being invited
to attend an elegant Ball in a grand assembly room. See lady's wearing attractive
Empire Line dresses or to dance with a gallant gentleman in his Regiment's
uniform. Would you like to be formally introduced to an elegant
Lady or charming Gentleman before being asked to dance?
We learn dances at our classes, so as to be proficient when
attending Balls in Lichfield
Dances of this period are social dances, you do not need to bring a
partner as we all dance together.
Though some of the dances are stately, there are many which require a good level of fitness and agility.
It is unsurprising to realise the average age of attendees at a Ball in 1800 was 18 -30 years of age!
Grand Balls -
An important aspect of attending a Regency Ball is being dressed in appropriate
clothes. These can be
inexpensively hired, though many members like to make their own. Some of our members take
in clothing, so there
is plenty of guidance available if requested.
These are often held in assembly rooms where the architecture of the
period provides an appropriate setting for
dancing, merriment and sometimes a little romance!
There are three main elements to our
The Regency Assembly recognise the period
as being: 1790 - 1820 as the fashions and dances at this time have all the
hallmarks of the "Regency period".