Dickens Inspired Snow Ball
Charles Dickens was the man who saved Christmas with his novel “a Christmas Carol.” This year Adventures in Dance took inspiration from Charles Dickens. They hosted a very Victorian Christmas snow ball. Dickens himself would have felt at home with this festive gala.
Victorian Dance lesson
The Snow Ball started with a waltz (link) lesson. Dancers in Victorian garb gathered to learn the basics of waltz and Viennese waltz. True to Victorian tradition, everyone changed partners. This way dancers got to know each other during the lesson.
Dickens Snow Ball
ballroom dances were followed with a cotillion, or mixer dance. Dancers changed partners with English country dances, Ceilidh dances and other fun mixers.
Snow Ball Show
Dancers from Adventures in Dance put their best foot forward and presented several shows at the Snow Ball. Students Larry, Sheryl, Keith, Shayao, Sabrina, Noah, & Melvin participated in a mock competition. They danced Waltz (link), Cha-cha (link), Tango (link), Samba (link), Viennese Walt (link), Rumba (link), Foxtrot (link), Paso Doble (link), Jive (link), and Quickstep (link).
Adventures in dance staff delighted dancers with fun show numbers. Robyn and William danced their new gold international Tango. Just before dinner Craig, Holly, William and Robyn presented the history of Viennese Waltz. In full period costumes they presented a Pavan, La Volta, Landler, Varsovienne, and American Viennese waltz. Each dance was inspired by a Disney or cartoon princess. Princess represented were Pocahontas, Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Anastasia.
A truly Victorian tea dance and dinner were prepared for the snow ball dancers. Appetizers Included hot and iced tea, scones, and fresh strawberries and cream. Dinner was delicious. The menu included English cucumber sandwiches, a riff on beef wellington (beef, mushrooms and puff pastry) a hearty vegetable barley soup, side salad, apple crisp with Devonshire cream, and chocolate raspberry tea cakes. It was heavenly
After dinner dancers sung traditional Victorian Christmas carols. Favorites included “Jingle bells,” “We wish you a merry Christmas,” and “the 12 days of Christmas.” After singing everyone wanted a last waltz. Strip the willow (link) was the final mixer then everyone went home happy. For those who want to spice up their future Christmas’s be sure to mark your calendar for this event next year. Happy Holidays!
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