Dances of Jane Austen
Alan Winston
Sunday, June 10, 2012, 3:00pm
Dance 3 -- The South Gym

The English Regency, strictly speaking, is 1811-1820; that's the period when George III was too sick with prophyria to rule, and his wastrel son ruled in his stead as Prince Regent. This is the period of Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Mary Shelley, Lord Nelson, Napoleon, Beethoven, and Haydn - major names in literature, war, science, and music. Even the concertina was invented during the Regency.

Regency dancing - with its beautiful waltzes, elegant waltz country dances and quadrilles, lively and flirtatious English country dances - may have its roots in folk dance but evokes the spirit of the aristocracy of Jane Austen's day.

In the workshop we'll do dances from the period and possibly some modern compositions in the style of the Regency. Fortunately for Regency enthusiasts, the Bay Area English Regency Society (B.A.E.R.S.) keeps the spirit of the age alive with both formal balls and informal dance classes and parties.

Alan Winston is the founding caller for the Bay Area English Regency Society (founded in 1985), and leads the dancing at several BAERS balls each year, as well as informal dance parties on the second Friday of most months in Palo Alto. He's branched out from there into leading other community and historical dances (ECD, contra, English ceilidh, Victorian, early American, early California) , and has achieved national recognition as a caller and choreographer. Alan will lead an English country dance at noon Sunday.

The gifted and accomplished musicians of the newly named Transit of Earth are William Allen, Paul Kostka, Stanley Kramer (and Susan Kramer when she's in town), Craig Martin, Robert Schultheis, and Nancy Solomon. They are veterans of both the Bay Area Country Dance Society and the San Francisco Free Folk Festival, and, can play everything from Classical to English Regency to folk music and beyond. And they know how to play beautifully and effectively for both ballroom dancers and country dancers.