Exhibition: How to Assemble a Ball Gown

In a couple of days, I will go to a ball set in Regency England. It will be a splendid event with Old English Country Dances, live music and participants in historical costumes. I expect it to be a great way to experience the Regency period, and I hope my novel will profit from it, too. There is, after all, more than one scene set in a ball room.

Before you can enjoy a ball, there is, of course, a lot to do. Most important of all: You need a costume. Challenge! From my experience with this special task, I created an exhibition for the Museum of Creativity.  Feel free to click here and have a look at the displays.

Best regards

Anna M. Thane

Anna and the Mystery of the Triple Minor (part 2) – Free Music Download of “Lady Caroline Lee’s Waltz”

In this post:

  • Dance instructions for “Lady Caroline Lee’s Waltz” for you to perform and enjoy
  • Free music download: “Lady Caroline Lee’s Waltz” (mp3)
  • Free music sheet for “Lady Caroline Lee’s Waltz”

Dear Regency Enthusiast

as promised, here is my post with dance instructions and a free mp3 soundfile for “Lady Caroline Lee’s Waltz”.

Lady Caroline Leigh was a distant relative of Jane Austen. Her son James Henry was a second cousin to Jane. It is easy to imagine that the “Lady Caroline Lee’s Waltz” was danced as part of the evening entertainment when Jane visited James Henry. The music sheet for the “Lady Caroline Lee’s Waltz” was part of Jane Austen’s library. It is, however, still the status quo of the Austen-research to have solely proven she danced the boulangère, and I don’t want to imply anything else.

Dance instructions for “Lady Caroline Lee’s Waltz” for you to perform and enjoy Continue reading

Anna and the Mystery of the Triple Minor (Part 1)

In this post:
The truth about longway dances of Jane Austen’s time
How to perform a longway dance in a historically correct way
Tips for depicting a ball in your novel
Preview: Dance instruction and music to come in part 2

Dear Regency Enthusiast

A couple of weeks ago I took part in a workshop in Old English Country Dances*. First-hand experience of the culture and techniques of the regency era can be very enlightening for writers (see my post on Five Methods of Research). Indeed I came across very helpful facts – and a dark secret of contemporary country dance teaching. Fancy that: All the longway dances from Jane Austen’s time are today deliberately taught historically incorrect. Shocking! Why are the dances usually done incorrectly? How were they really performed? And what should you know to when you write a scene with a ball for your novel? Continue reading