If you are seeing this (and I set the timer correctly), it means I am currently at a holiday ball. I figured the Advent Calendar should get in on the action, too. Interestingly, it is far easier to get a ticket to a glamorous and elegant holiday party than an artistic representation of one. It took me… Continue reading December 13th: Ball at the Russian Imperial Court by Dmitry Kardovsky
Among my more random and little-mentioned pastimes is sewing, which I’ve been doing since when I was little. I sometimes design costumes for local theatre productions, but I mostly just enjoy making costumes for myself which I have far more occasion to use than one might expect. Most recently, I made myself a ballroom dance… Continue reading I made myself a gown!! Here’s how.
I have been trying to write all day, but unfortunately, being sick and writing interesting posts don't go together too well. However, being well aware that I haven't posted for several days, I didn't want to leave my wonderful readers without any new content for too long, so I thought I could at least share… Continue reading Dancers and Skaters by Renoir
This post was inspired by several things: my interest in ballroom culture and history, my love of the Viennese Waltz, my desire to visit Vienna (so much that I asked for Vienna travel guides for Christmas last year), and a few recent conversations about masquerade balls. After doing some basic research on the subject, I… Continue reading “Fasching” begins: an introduction to Viennese Ball Season
Once again, I am flabbergasted by others' great interest in the topics I am writing about. I have received lot of awesome feedback and suggestions from readers about pretty much everything I have posted. All of their material is so great that I really wanted to dedicate a post to each one, but they are… Continue reading Artistic Activities and Historic Happenings
Tonight's post is about dance history. It was inspired by this online exhibition by the American Antiquarian Society. I found it through a post made by my friends at Fred Astaire Dance Studios. The exhibition is about the history of social dance in the United States; it includes images of old letters, invitations, dance cards,… Continue reading Shall We Dance?