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 2016
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Fri., January 8 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party
Looking at dances for the Cyprians Ball
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat., January 30th 8:00-11:30 pm The Cyprians Ball
A chance for Regency mistresses to flaunt it in society, and be seen on the arm of their Patrons! The Duke of Sussex will be there with Mrs. Bugge, as well as his brother with Madame de Saint-Laurent. Lord Nelson's Emma Hamilton will NOT be recreating her (in)famous dinner where she rented table ware, but no serving utensils or carving knife, leaving her guests to serve themselves by picking apart each course with their fingers! Our naughtiest event of the year!
Tickets at the door $25
Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda flyer
Fri., February 12 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
Fri., March 11 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party Special Guest Caller Lise Dyckman! St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., April 8 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., May 13 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party - possibly in the Sanctuary
Dances for the Tambora Eruption Ball (May 21st)
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat. May 21st 8:00 - 11:30 pm The Tambora Eruption Ball
Come dance at our sizzling ball commemorating the April 10th 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora, the most powerful eruption in recorded history and which significantly advanced geographical science!
$20 in advance, $25 at door
52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, CA flyer
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Fri., June 10 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., July 8 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 9 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party
Dances for the Beau Brummel Escapes! Ball
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat., September 17 8:00 - 11:30 pm Beau Brummel Escapes! Ball
The Best Dressed Man in England is sneaking off to a fast packet to France to avoid his gambling debts and creditors. Which peacock will rise to take his place? Highly overdressing very much admired, but not required.
Tickets available $25 at door
Alameda Elks Lodge, 2255 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501 flyer
Fri., October 14 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., November 11 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday special Veteran's Day Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details