2019 Regency Ball

For our 2019 ball, we are delighted to once again have members of the Syllabub Players perform our live Regency music.  We are also delighted to have our veteran Dancemaster, Jack Maus, return to us again.

***PLEASE NOTE: Due to the location of the ball, please do NOT wear high heels, pumps, or any shoes that have a separate heel. Wedges, ballet shoes, and any other flat shoe are fine.***

We have a few improvements to announce:

***Become “patron of the ball”: Should you condescend to do so, you may register for the ball as a Patron (or Patroness).  Patrons will receive VIP service, a special entry with fanfare, and a photo session with our very own Mr Darcy (framed photo will follow).  Patrons will also know that they are helping JASP cover the additional expenses of having the ball at similarly expensive and charming locations when possible. Register here. ***

New Location: We will have the pleasure of a new (still tentative) setting this year in the majestic John Lindsay Morehead II Lounge in the James H. Johnston Center for Undergraduate Excellence in Graham Memorial Building on UNC-Chapel Hill campus, with its lovely french doors and attached spacious terrace. If all goes well, there will be a nice clear space for dancing, as well as comfortable seating around the edges and on the terrace for any non-dancing spectators. We will have convenient transportation and plenty of parking available.

Dancing 101: We will have an Intro to Regency Dance session early in the 4-day JASP event, where we will learn the basic dance vocabulary and basic steps.  There will also be a handout for those who want to study ahead of time or practice in the hallways when others aren’t looking. If you are new to Regency dancing we STRONGLY recommend that you take this class before any of the other practice sessions.  As always, if you have guest tickets for the ball, you are free to (and encouraged to) bring your guests to the dance practices as well. Click here for a list of handy terms to know!

Shoe Roses, Hair, and Reticule Workshops: For those who are participants in JASP, there will be several workshops to help you get ready for the ball.  You can make shoe roses for your dancing shoes, a reticule to match your shoes and/or dress, and get some help preparing your hair the afternoon of the ball.  Be sure to sign up in advance!

Clothing rentals:  Want to be more than tolerable enough to tempt a person with 10,000 pounds a year to dance with you at the Regency Ball? We will be offering ensembles in a variety of sizes for rent for the occasion. A suggested donation of $25 — plus a $10 cleaning fee — covers all the pieces you decide to rent (example: you could rent a gown, gloves and hat all for $25). When you get to the hotel, look for signs for Lady Catherine’s Closet! Look for DIY attire info below.

Dances: Click here dance steps and videos of the 2019 Jane Austen Summer Program Dances

Regency Attire for the Ball is optional, but a very popular option! Below you will find information here on buying, renting, or making your ball attire.

A few tips from RG Bartis:

For women:
The Regency look for women is a high-waisted dress that emphasizes flowing lines and the natural figure. A basic outfit should include a dress, shawl, and shoes.

Dress: A high-waisted dress, length between calf and ankle. Sleeves can be any length. Sleeveless or strapless dresses should be disguised with a spencer or shawl. Materials included cotton, silk, linen, and wool. Dresses were often plain, with white being extremely popular; patterns were usually small, with stripes and roll-pattern printed patterns popular. Good thrift store options are a modern evening or bridesmaid dress with high waistline. A ribbon affixed around the waistline with a few stitches looks very appropriate. If you have an empire-waisted dress shorter than calf-length you can add a maxi-length skirt underneath. Medieval, Renaissance, and 18th c shifts all work in a pinch.

Spencer: A short jacket that ends a few inches below the bust.

Shawl: Plain and pashmina shawls were both popular

Shoes: Ballet flat style in a plain color. Black and kid-colored were popular. ***PLEASE NOTE: Due to the location of the ball, please do NOT wear high heels, pumps, or any shoes that have a separate heel. Wedges, ballet shoes, and any other flat shoe are fine.***

Jewelry: Pearl and coral were popular for necklaces, bracelets, and pendants, as were cameos, crosses, and simple pendants.

Hair: A few very dashing ladies wore their hair short. Ribbons, curls, shawls wrapped into turbans, and feathers were all popular accessories. Long hair was usually worn up with curls spilling out. Click here for excellent tips on Regency Hair-dos

Accessories: gloves, fans, white linen caps, bonnets

For men:
The Regency look for men is tight clothes that emphasize the verticality and the slimness of the waist and the broadness of the chest. The pants are tight and the waistline above the naval. A basic outfit should include shoes, pants, shirt, waistcoat, and cravat.

Shoes: The modern brogan and desert boot styles are almost exactly like popular Regency styles but plain dress shoes, loafers, and pumps also work. Black is best, brown also acceptable.

Pants: Tight dress pants in black, brown, tan, or off-white, held up with suspenders or braces if possible.

Shirt: A white dress shirt. White renaissance, pirate, poet, 18th c, or Victorian shirts may also work. Having a tall collar helps for the cravat.

Vest: Vests came in a variety of patterns and materials including wool, silk, and cotton, and could be plain, striped, or printed.

Coat: This is a Rake’s night, so a coat may be omitted. A modern morning coat or tailcoat, a plain 18th c coat, or a short jacket are also options.

Cravat: Unlike a modern tie the cravat was wrapped multiple times very high up around the neck and tied with a knot, being either a yard-square or very long and 6-8″ wide. Plain white linen/cotton or black silk were popular, but lower-class men also wore a variety of printed cottons.

Details: Canes, pocket watches, top hat, knit cap.

Hair: Historically hair was short and men were clean shaven. A messy look combed up into a tousled mess was popular.

Purchase or Make…?


MAKE: For the DYI crowd, here are some useful links:

Regency Thrift Store, for women: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5KKViqeaD9c
Regency Thrift Store, for men: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VLTQtgsM1CI
Faking the silhouette for women: http://experimentsinelegance.blogspot.com/…/faking-regency-…
A summary of styles for women: http://www.vintagevictorian.com/costume_1810.html
A summary of styles for men: http://www.vintagedancers.org/costume1810men.html