Civil War Era Ball
What to expect
Contras, squares, mixers, waltzes, and more
Partner not required
Soft-soled shoes please!
What is a Civil War Era Military Ball
Please join FOOTMAD and the 97th Regimental String Band for a military ball of the American Civil War era.
Those attending the ball will enjoy Virginia reels, schottisches, waltzes, two-steps and polkas, and will participate in a stately grand march. Some instruction will be provided for those not familiar with mid-19th century dances.
The evening will include a mix of 1860s couple dances (waltz, polka, schottische, galop) and set dances (contra dances and quadrilles).
All set dances are accessible for beginners and will be taught at the ball.
What happens during a dance?
You, the other dancers, the musicians, and the caller aim for an evening of low-pressure, yet often energetic, camaraderie. Come alone or with others; we ask new partners for each of the dozen dances during the evening.
How do I join in the fun?
You will be part of a living tradition passed on by the experienced dancers helping the newcomers.
It's best to join in the very first dance of the evening with an experienced partner (if possible).
Getting started by letting other dancers guide you is much more effective than watching.
Dress in attire of the Civil War period or come as you are.
Formal costume of the 1850s & 1860s is encouraged though not required.
Flat leather-soled shoes or dance slippers are recommended for the ball - no hobnailed boots or shoes and absolutely no high heels!
Some in attendance will be attired in hoop-skirted ball gowns, Civil War military uniforms or era-appropriate civilian evening dress. Period dress is not required> Modern dress appropriate for a formal event is ok too, but again not required.
Fun fashion information for the 1850's and 1860's ...