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Join us at “Une Belle Soirée à Paris” for elegant 19th century music and dancing laced with classic French style. The program features the music and dance styles popular in Paris and the rest of France from the Napoleonic era to “La Belle Epoque” at the end of the century. Dances will include early French contredanses and quadrille figures, European polka and mazurka, haunting waltzes, and a stirring traditional farandole from the south of France.

Period ball dress from the early to late 19th century is encouraged but not required.

Dances are researched and taught by Dance Mistress Cathy Stephens. Music will be provided by Debbie Jackson, Anne Ogren and Susan Lazar.

All levels of dancers are welcome. Be sure to attend the pre-ball workshops during the day, where Cathy Stephens will teach you the basic steps you’ll need to dance all night.

Preregistration is preferred.
Learn more about 19th century Ball Etiquette.

Date
Saturday, December 9, 2017

Schedule
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Workshop: Les Contredanses et Les Quadrilles - We’ll dance through a variety of set dances from an elegant waltz country dance to the early French Quadrille and the French version of Lancers. Cathy will also cover 19th century ball etiquette. For all levels of dancers.
1:30 - 3:00 p.m. Workshop: Les Variétés Parisiennes - We’ll work on a variety of 19th century dances, including a Parisienne Varieties Quadrille, a touch of mazurka, and an old French farandole based on the traditional L’Arlesienne from the south of France.
7:45 - 11:00 p.m. Ball (music starts promptly at 8:00)

Prices
Workshops / Classes $10.00 each
Free for those who attend the ball
Ball $30 per person
Includes the pre-ball workshops

Location
Pittsfield Grange Hall; 3337 Ann Arbor-Saline Road; Ann Arbor, Michigan

A one-hour lunch break is provided between the morning and afternoon workshops. If you plan to attend both workshops, you're welcome to pack a lunch to eat at the hall.

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