Sprigged Muslim will be performing at the Birthday Tea on January 21.
A preview (or reminder) of the
planned dances and steps is available in PDF. When you come to the Tea, please join us in the
|Dancing was the focus for the Tea. Catherine Gardner gave a talk on "Dance Mania" during Georgian times. Jane Austen herself was very fond of dancing. There were three types of dances at the time, the Assembly dances being the most elaborate, then the country dances given in rooms attached to country inns followed by the much smaller private dances given in people's homes.|
|Assemblies of this sort were very important in the courtship rituals of the time. It was an opportunity for men and women to mingle while still under the watchful eyes of the single women's mothers. An interesting detail of these Assemblies, especially in Bath, was the importance of the Master of Ceremonies. These men created the rules of etiquette involved in conducting assemblies. One had to obtain tickets and the approval of the M.C. in order to gain admittance to assemblies and to meet the right people. One of the many rules was that brides and strangers were given first choice at dances in order to keep the young men from dancing with only the prettiest women.|
|After breaking for a marvelous tea, we were entertained by the Sprigged Muslin dancing group. First, the dancers presented a gift, A Dance with Jane Austen, to Dance Mistress Ruth, honouring her cheerful and dedicated teaching. Then the group performed the Alderman's Hat, Mr. Beveridge's Maggot, and Croft House. They invited all tea-goers to join in the Circassian Circle. It was truly a delightful way to spend a January afternoon.|
On 2012 October 28,
Calgary Food Tours
presented A Very Proper Tea at the Palliser Hotel, after which many tea goers attended
Pride and Prejudice at Theatre Calgary.
Jasna Calgary's Sprigged Muslin dancers performed three dances at the tea, plus a participation dance enthusiastically embraced by everyone. Ann Craig began the performance with a brief review of Jane Austen's life, and Amber Adams contributed a talk about Tom Lefroy, Jane's admirer.
On 2012 June 5, Sprigged Muslin was invited to tea and dancing in Chestermere as part of the town's celebration of 1812. Jane Austen may never have known the Canadian prairies, but Chestermere's enthusiastic Events Coordinator, Nancie Huneault, knows 1812. She and her colleagues joined in Sprigged Muslin practices from March to May, culminating in a graceful dancing demonstration for the town's Seniors Tea.
|Pat Barton, our long-admired, now-retired dance instructor, presented several short talks on the history of the selected dances. Indeed, she honoured the tradition of new dances for special occasions by creating "Chestermere Circle", spritely and easy enough for all to join in.|