English Country Dances have developed throughout the centuries but this dance form is typically connected with the dances of Jane Austen's period. They are adequately illustrated in movies based on her books, such as "Pride & Prejudice" and "Emma". The whole purpose of Lord Grey's English Country Dance Society is to have fun in a social and relaxing setting. The Society is not a historical society per se and strict rules do not apply. We are free to take liberties with the dress of the times.
Minimum costume for Apple Blossom Ball: Ladies: long skirt and blouse; perhaps a cummerbund or long scarf tied around middle as a sash, jabot or cravat. Gentlemen: White Shirt, slacks and perhaps a vest or cummerbund or long scarf tied around middle, jabot or cravat (usually white) (you can create a Jabot with a piece of white or cream muslin type material tied around neck, see website "how to create a Regency costume from Thrift Shop" above, basically a long narrow scarf tied around neck). Contact Bruina Brown at email@example.com, 519-373-6702 for assistance in putting your "look" together as well as purchasing cummerbunds and jabots, as well as other costume attire.
Lord & Lady Grey's clothes closet:
Hi everyone. There may be some of you who wish to sell or rent period costume pieces. If you have something you wish to pass on, please email me a picture of the item (jpeg) with a brief description (including size) and price, along with your contact information. Others who may be searching, can then get in touch with you directly.
Man's Colonial Costume consists of: navy jacket, red knickers, grey vest with white ruffle, size XL, cotton. Asking $30.00. Contact Arlene at 519-599-7019 or firstname.lastname@example.org.