It's time again for ACHEV's annual English Country Dance formal.
This dance is a little different from the others hosted by ACHEV. For those of you who are new, English Country Dance (ECD) is social, or group dancing in sets or lines. The height of popularity was during the Regency Era, but it is just as wonderful today as ever.
Gary Shapiro will be the Dance Master. Live music! Although helpful, no prior experience necessary, as dances will be taught and called.
$15 per person ($30 family maximum); parent chaperones are free
Please bring a finger-food to share.
For ACHEV and CASA students 6th grade and older (including graduates), and parents.
Parents are encouraged to participate in this dance. Many do every year. Parents, who chaperone, attend for free. If you wish to invite a guest, you need to contact Anita Schneider, at firstname.lastname@example.org or text/call 805-490-0154, in advance. Please remember it is your responsibility to carefully read dance notices to be sure your students and guests are prepared.
All dancers under 18 need a parent chaperone. If you are unable to stay, please make arrangements for another responsible parent to chaperone in your place. (Parents, if you do stay, please consider dressing up and joining the dancing!) Also, mature and motivated dancers as young as eleven years old are welcome as well. Parents, you are responsible for deciding if your younger children are ready to participate.
Formal Attire ~ Of Winters Past... is a time period formal event. Modest historical costumes are encouraged, otherwise formal wear, please, such as vests and ties for the boys, and long formal dresses for the girls. The ACHEV dress code for dances applies. Please open the dress code attachment to read the full dress code. It includes examples of Regency Era attire as well as illustrations to clarify the minimum requirements of the dress code for dances.
Students arriving at the dance without proper attire will be asked to call a parent to bring suitable clothing or return home to change. Please be gracious in accepting the decision of the person in charge.
For period dress ideas, watch a movie based on a Jane Austen novel (Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility, Emma) and start visiting thrift stores. Some of the gowns from the movies are quite simple - have fun with it! Fabric stores often have historical sewing patterns, if you are inclined to sew.
For inquiries, please contact Anita Schneider email@example.com.