Bay Area English Regency Society -- a
 glimpse into the world of the early 1800s

The Bay Area English Regency Society (BAERS) celebrates the spirit of the early nineteenth century. The English Regency, familiar to us from the works not only of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer but C. S. Forester, Patrick O'Brian, and Tim Powers, was a spirited time bubbling over with creative energy in the arts and sciences, and yet a time when wit and grace were highly valued.

Our dances come from English Country tradition, from Regency-era dance manuals such as Thomas Wilson, and from occasional modern Choreography done in the manner of the time. They are set to music by classical composers such as Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven, or to traditional country dance tunes. Dances and music are varied for each ball, according to its theme, which may range from the elegant to the rowdy. We offer second-Friday dance parties in Palo Alto, and three or four fancy-dress balls throughout the year.

Newcomers are always welcome at our balls, picnics, and readings -- period costume is admired but by no means mandatory. We explore all aspects of life among the different social classes in Regency England, and occasionally venture into the American Federalist era. The Regency is a lens through which one can examine the history of the world, and we invite you to gaze along with us.

See the Palo Alto Weekly's story and slide show on our second Friday dance parties!

Download the flyer for the second Friday dance parties (and general BAERS information).

BAERS Events for 2014
Fri., January 10 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Tue., January 14, 2014 7:00 pm Miss Jane Austen's Book Club - Fanny Burney's "Evelina" Books Inc in the Marina, 2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco flyer
Fri., February 14 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party - flirtatious and waltzy St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Tue., March 11, 2014 7:00 pm Miss Jane Austen's Book Club - Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" Books Inc in the Marina, 2251 Chestnut Street, San Francisco flyer
Fri., March 14 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat. March 22 8:00-11:30 pm The Cyprians Ball


San Mateo Masonic Temple, 100 N. Ellsworth (at Tilton), San Mateo What are Cyprians?
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Fri., April 11 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., May 9 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party - possibly in the Sanctuary St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat. May 31 8:00 - 11:30 pm Mansfield Park Ball
Celebrating the bicentennial of Miss Austen's novel!
Arlington Community Church, 52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington details
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Fri., June 13 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., July 11 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party - Early American program St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., September 12 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., October 10 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat. October 11 roughly 8:00 - 11:30 pm The Waverley Ball A dance to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Sir Walter Scott's best selling novel, "Waverley"
Tickets $20 at door
San Mateo Masonic Temple, 100 N. Ellsworth (at Tilton), San Mateo flyer
Fri., November 14 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details


BAERS Events for 2015
Fri., January 9 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party
Looking at dances for the Duchess of Richmond's Ball in February
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., February 13 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party
Flirtatious dances and waltzes in the Cyprian spirit
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat., February 21 8:00-11:30 pm The Duchess of Richmond's Ball
Celebrating the bicentennial of the battle of Waterloo!
Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa clara Avenue, Alameda
Fri., March 13 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat. April 5 8:00-12:00 pm PEERS "Pemberley 10 Years Later" Ball
Hosted by our friends at PEERS.
Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda info
Fri., April 10 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., May 8 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party - possibly in the Sanctuary
Dances for the Congress of Vienna Ball (May 30)
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat. May 30 8:00 - 11:30 pm Congress of Vienna Ball
Celebrating the bicentennial of the Dancing Congress that spread the waltz across Europe while accomplishing nothing politically
Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda flyer  
Fri., June 12 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., July 10 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party - Early American program St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., September 11 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party
Dances for the Emma ball
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat., September 19 (tentative) roughly 8:00 - 11:30 pm Emma's Ball at the Crown
Celebrating the bicentennial of the publication of Miss Jane Austen's novel, "Emma".
Tickets $25 at door
TBA
Fri., October 9 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., November 13 roughly 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details