For our 2019 ball, we are delighted to once again have Walt, Dean, and Julia from Syllabub Players perform our live Regency music. We are also delighted to have our veteran Dancemaster, Jack Maus, return to us again.
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 setting this year in the majestic, wooden-floored Morehead Lobby of the Graham Memorial Building on UNC-Chapel Hill campus, with its lovely french doors and attached spacious terrace. 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.
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!