This is a video of the "Grand Opera Ball", held in November 2003 to celebrate the Social Daunce Irregulars' 15th Anniversary. The Social Daunce Irregulars have been staging Victorian Balls since 1988.
The dance was in the Pasadena Masonic Hall. Music was provided by the Philadelphia Promenade Orchestra.
This was held on Saturday, June 5th 2010 at the South Pasadena War Memorial Hall.
Website for the Social Daunce Irregulars:
Website for the Band of the California Battalion
Video of the "Impressionist's Picnic": an artful gathering in 19th Century attire.
This is a re-post of something that I first posted in 2006.
I fenced for about seven years, while in High School and College, and then when I got out into the real world, I no longer had a place to fence nor people to fence with, and I stopped. A couple of years ago, a fencing school moved into my neighborhood, and I started up again. All in all, despite my 27 year hiatus, it's gone remarkably well, and I think I am now a better fencer than I was when I was 20. Since I am over 50, and inclined to reflect on almost everything about my life, I have been pondering the meaning of this as well, and drawing a few conclusions that tie into whole notion of getting older and still staying in the game.
A video mashup of a Pan American promotional film called "The Lindberg Trail", that was shown all over the country in the mid 1930s, some vintage travel posters, and some period music. This is in aid of a presentation on the experience of travel in the 1930s that I will give on Sunday, June 6th 2010, at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood.
I am constantly being bombarded with questions from folks new to the vintage dance scene about "Where can I rent stuff". I have generally dodged the question, since I have seldom been impressed with what is available from retail costume rental places, and the movie shops are expensive and intimidating for the uninitiated. I worry that any recommendation will be perceived as an endorsement, and in my limited experience, I have yet to find a rental place I could give my unqualified endorsement.
However, the fact remains that there are countless newbees out there who want to join in the fun, don't have the time or skills to make stuff themselves, and either can't afford a costumer or can't afford to wait for a costumer.
What follows are a few guidelines for those engaged in "Vintage" dance -- though to be honest, I think they would apply equally to a disco. Good behavior is good behavior. I will address these comments primarily to the gentlemen, but much would apply to ladies as well.
1. Don't dance every dance with the same partner. Back in the day, dancing more than two dances with the same partner, especially your spouse, was considered to be highly unsociable. The same applies today. Mix it up, and pay particular attention to those who are not being asked to dance.
2. Back in the day, ladies never asked men to dance. That is one rule that is generally ignored in the modern "vintage" ballroom. Ladies need not wait to be asked in the Victorian age of the 21st Century. Conversely, men should not just sit back and wait to be asked, but assure that less aggressive ladies get to dance as well.
3. If you are asked to dance, but say that you are "sitting this one out", then you can't say "yes" when a better partner asks. It's very rude to thereby say "No, I am not dancing this dance with YOU" to the partner you first refused.