The Ball will be at:
The Empress Hotel
Doors open: 5:00pm
Dinner is served: 6:00pm
First Dance: 8:00pm
Lessons will be at:
On the following Dates & Times:
April 14th, 5:30pm
April 14th, 7:30pm
April 15th, 5:30pm
April 15th, 7:30pm
April 14th, 10:00am
Easter Ball at the Empress
April 16th, 2022
As close to time travel as we can get
Guest, Regency Ball
Imagine yourself transported to the world of Darcy and Elizabeth, of Napoleon Bonaparte and Jane Austen, walking straight into Netherfield, with dancing, live music, food, playing cards, in the stunning Crystal Ballroom of the historical Empress Hotel. You are invited to attend our Regency Ball!
I want to, but I'm an introverted Austen fan and no one will come with me!
Welcome! you have found your people. No partner is necessary or required, many guests come solo, and theres always someone to dance with! I dont know how to dance! We teach the dances, which require no partner and no dance experience. We are offering a total of 5 dance lessons at the White Eagle Polish Hall (90 Dock St. in Victoria), see tickets for times and dates. We recommend attending as many as you can. The more you are able to practice the dances, the more fun the ball will be. We will teach 2 of the 4 dances at each Lesson, and do a quick review of all four at the Refresher Saturday morning. Please see the ticket descriptions to see which dances are being taught at which lessons. To assist with the lessons there are videos of all the dances on our website: Regency Encounters Tutorials. We do strongly recommend attending the lessons! You and the other guests will have so much more fun and really the lessons are a blast all on their own.
I dont have a thing to wear!
No worries! We have ways for you to rent, buy and advice for you to make! your own. Costumes for this event, the bare minimum for ladies is a Full-Length Gown in a soft fabric with fully covered shoulders. An empire waist is preferable but not mandatory. Flat shoes only please. No high heels. For gentlemen, the minimum is a Tail Coat or frock coat with a vest and a cravat (literally a strip of fabric tied around the neck) and a white shirt. Breeches with long socks are preferable, but regular pants are fine. Any dress shoes will do. Historical Military dress and traditional cultural dress (eg. Kilts) are also welcome. And you are welcome to dress as a Gentleman or a Lady as you please!
You can rent a costume, In Victoria:
- Contact Disguise the Limit to arrange a rental.
- Website: Disguise the Limit
- Phone: 250-479-1156
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have ideas on how to put together your own costume simply and inexpensively, out of things you may already have or could find at a thrift store, on our website as well: Regency Encounters Tutorials.
There will be a P&P Ball guest room rate and the number to book will be sent to all guests, in the order confirmation email from Eventbrite. Lots of updates will be posted on Facebook, on our FaceBook Page.
Food and Drink
All dietary requirements can be accommodated with adequate notice. You will be asked to indicate if you have any upon check-out and if you purchased the dinner select your entree choice of:
- AAA Roasted Beef Tenderloin - caramelized onion & havarti potato pav, cabernet jus
- Herb Crusted Halibut - potato gnocchi, fennel, tomato & saffron emulsification
- Potato & Parsnip Croquette - carrot pure, grilled cauliflower, baby kale
there will also be soup and salad appetizers of Creamy Potato & Leek Soup with fresh thyme followed by the Empress Caesar Salad of baby romaine hearts, brioche crouton, shaved grana padano, lemon,creamy caesar dressing Alcohol is available for purchase at the bar on site, but nothing provided by us contains any alcohol. Every guest will receive one glass of either syllabub (a traditional, cream-based party drink) and lemonade. Hors doeuvres will be served throughout the evening.
There is no formal age minimum, but we recommend guests be at least 14 years of age. It is not suitable for young children, though it is possible that very keen and well-behaved 13 or even 12 year old accompanied by an attentive adult would do very well.
There will be a professional photographer capturing the event, and taking portrait photographs of all guests. You will be able to purchase prints of these if you wish. In order to maintain the illusion of the historical experience, cell phones and cameras ARE NOT PERMITTED in the ballroom itself, but may be used anywhere else in the hotel.
This event is THE MOST FUN you can imagine. It is highly addictive and can make the rest of life seem dull in comparison. You have been warned ;)