Regency dance is but one of many pleasures awaiting the historical time
traveller in the San Francisco Bay Area. At the end of the millennium,
the present day is filling up with the past.
Period Events and Entertainments Recreation Society (PEERS) stages balls and day-long events
from any point in time historical or fictional.
The Greater Bay Area Costumers Guild (GBACG)
and workshops relating to all historical periods, and serves as an
invaluable resource for accurate costuming. Check out the Great
Pattern Review and other resources too numerous to recount here.
BayCon (Memorial Day Weekend) and
frequently hold historical dance events, though they're science fiction
conventions. You could even make an argument that science fiction
conventions helped keep some kinds of historical dancing alive. Go
Vintage dance instructors Fran Grimble and Allan
Terry have an informative web page listing their current classes.
Fran's book, After a Fashion, is a superb introduction to the
world of historical costume, and a dandy reference. This is one of
several handsome volumes they publish through Lavolta Press.
Gaskell Balls are the place
to see and be seen in your evening clothes, with an emphasis on
Victorian garb, and to waltz/polka/schottische to music by the Brassworks.
University Dance Division offers summer workshops in Vintage Dance,
Baroque and Tango. If you're interested in vintage or ballroom dancing,
it's worth checking out the Friday night dances at Cubberley Pavilion and
freeform Jammix evenings through the Stanford
Ballroom Dance Club.
The Pomander Club, a
friendly and accessible vintage dance series run by the excellent
vintage dance instructor Stan Isaacs, meets on Monday nights at the
Palo Alto Masonic Temple, where Isaacs instructs attendees in dances
ranging from Regency quadrilles to the foxtrot.
Summer baroque dance workshops at Dominican College in Marin are sponsored
by the San Francisco Early