Welcome To Hampshire Regency Dancers
"Tis the witching time of night", Orbed is the moon and bright, and all the stars shall take flight, to attend our Autumn Ball tonight...Romance and Rigadons...Mist and Mellow Fruitfulness....
To honour September 1819 when Keats composed “To Autumn” following his walk in Winchester, the Hampshire Regency Dancers are delighted to announce:
The Ode “To Autumn” Ball
Saturday 14th September 2019
Dance Mistress: Valerie Webster with music from Green Ginger
Sunday 15th September 2019
Keats Walk: Follow the daily route Keats took during his stay in Winchester.Enjoy a walk in the poet’s footsteps from the city to St Cross, passing through the landscape, which inspired his famous ode ‘To Autumn’.
Sunday Lunch at The Bell Inn
Guided Tour of the Hospital of St Cross :
Nestling in the water meadows alongside the River Itchen and in the shadow of St Catherine’s Hill lies the ancient Hospital of St Cross. Renowned for the tranquility of its setting and the beauty of its architecture, the Hospital is one of England’s oldest continuing almshouses.These fine medieval buildings have provided food and shelter for hundreds of years.
The Hampshire Regency Dancers is a dance group based in Winchester, England.
Our aim is to promote, practise and enjoy the dances from the late Georgian and Regency periods, circa 1775-1830; and to have fun while doing so.
We meet to learn the Country Dances, Cotillions and Quadrilles danced by Jane Austen and her contemporaries. Jane lived most of her life in Hampshire and is buried in Winchester Cathedral. She wrote all of her novels in the village of Chawton where we regularly perform.
Dances are taught with the help of experts in historical dance. We walk the figures through in advance, practise any new steps and then dance them to the music of the period. Some of the dances are lively, but others are slow and stately such as those you might have seen in film or television adaptations of her work.
Regency dances are suitable for adults of all ages and abilities and you don't need to bring a partner or a costume to join in.
Throughout the year we perform at events in Hampshire and the surrounding counties and would be delighted if you came to see us dance and even join in some dances with us.
The Hampshire Regency Dancers are also available to perform at private events and functions. Please contact us for further information.
Since 2005 we have held an annual Grand Regency Ball in Hampshire, each with a different theme. Guests are invited to come in period costume and enjoy popular dances of the time.
The Ball has an international following. Tickets usually sell out months in advance so it is advisable to book early, as places are limited.