Jane Austen Ball 2018

The College of Wooster’s Ballroom Dance Club,
supported by
the CoW Cultural Events Fund and the English Department
invite you to a

Jane Austen Ball 2018

Dances from the Jane Austen (Regency) Era (1775-1817)
Saturday, February 24, 2018

Kittredge Hall at The College of Wooster

Check out the planned Jane Austen Ball 2019 by Susan English


Web site with news articles and images of the ball.

Or, watch a 6-minute video “Scenes from the 2018 Jane Austen Ball

Kittredge Hall (© Niklas Manz)

Kittredge Hall entry
Kittredge Hall entry (© Niklas Manz)

Workshops and Presentations 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Dance 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
– no partner necessary –
period attire is encouraged
(check this link)

– anything semi-formal, business casual, or dressy is fine –

The event is promoted by
Madrigal Dancers of Wooster
The College of Wooster English, History, and Theatre and Dance departments, European Student Association.


Music by Fourpence
Instructions and prompting by Susan English

Clockwise in the picture:
Mike Deyo (violin), Cid Cayhoe (pennywhistle),
Susan English (dance leader),
Stephanie Musselman (keyboard), ​and ​Rosario Candelero (cello)

Ball Program:

Polonese Russe (ca.1815) Circle Mixer (ca. 1800) The Comical Fellow (1776) (link) The Waggoner (1783) (link)
La Fete de Regent (1812) Knole Park (1809) The Physical Snob (1800) (link) Duke of Kent’s Waltz (1801)
Dorset Triumph (ca. 1809) (link) La Gavre (1777) (link) La Boulangere (1805) (link)  Final Waltz

Links on the dance’s names will go to Youtube (recording of the evening). Others are external links.

 Further details of planned events

More information on Susan English’s blog.

Article in the Wooster Weekly News by Ellen Pill.

Mondays, January 22 – February 26 (6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.):

Saturday, January 20 at 2 p.m.:

  • The Jane Austen/Regency Look – presentation by Susan Heady
  • Come see what period gowns, hair, and accessories a woman would have worn to a Ball in the Early 1800’s. Menswear will also be discussed and the correct behaviors of the time described. Learn also how to get the look without spending a fortune, for women and men. Free gift and handouts to attendees. Sign-up for the hands-on workshop the following Saturday to obtain assistance in creating your outfit for the Ball.
  • $5 adults, students free

Saturday, January 20 (5 p.m. – 7 p.m.):

  • Old English Dance workshop – instructed by Susan English
  • Workshop to learn basic steps and some of the dances – no partner or pre-knowledge necessary.
  • For CoW students, staff, and faculty, and the Madrigal Dancers of Wooster. Please bring clean shoes (aerobics room requirement!)
  • Location: Aerobics rooms in the Scot Center basement
    1189 Beall Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691

Saturday, January 27 and February 3 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.):

  • From Thrift Store to the Jane Austen Ball: creative workshops with Cherrill Wertz
  • Free assistance but you buy your materials or ready-made gown before workshop. Bring your sewing machine (some will be available) and dress to be altered and trimmed; or materials, pattern, and supplies to make a woman’s gown or man’s cravat/vest
  • $5 per workshop (students free); individual appointments also possible
  • For questions and reservations ​please ​ e-mail, text, or call Cherrill Wertz at tcwertz@frontier.com, 330-465-1364.
  • Location: NAMI/MOCA House, Activities Room
    please contact Cherrill Wertz at tcwertz@frontier.com

Saturday, January 27 (7 p.m. – 10 p.m.):

Saturday, February 3 (1 p.m. – 5 p.m.):

  • From Thrift Store to the Jane Austen Ball: creative workshops with Cherrill Wertz
  • See Saturday, January 27 at 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Saturday, February 24: Afternoon Workshops and Presentations (2 p.m. – 5 p.m.)

  • 2:00 p.m.: Dance workshop (Susan English)
  • 3:00 p.m.: The Jane Austen/Regency Look” (Susan Heady)
  • 3:30 p.m.: Pride and Prejudice at War” (Christina Welsch, Department of History)
  • 4:00 p.m.: Embroidery” (Rebecca Callan, Department of Theatre and Dance)
  • 4:30 p.m.: Mansfield Park” (Catherine Lockwood, English Department)

Saturday, February 24: Evening Ball (7 p.m. – 10 p.m)

Sunday, February 25 at 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.:



  • No outside food or drinks allowed.
  • Refreshments, snacks, and light desert will be provided.
  • For pre-ball food, check out our downtown sponsor Spoon Market.

Suggested donations:

  • Pre-registration is encouraged via email to Yvonne and Niklas Manz at jaball.wooster@yahoo.com
    Until January 31st (mail in payment details will be provided via email).

    • $15 adult (includes all afternoon events)
    • $5 student (includes all afternoon events)
  • At the door: Only cash payment accepted.
    • $20 adult (includes all afternoon events)
    • $5 student (includes all afternoon events)


  • Kittredge Hall, 600 East Wayne Avenue, Wooster, OH 44691
  • Directions (PDF file)
  • Parking on East Wayne Avenue and parking lot opposite to Kittredge Hall


  • A list of local accommodations (PDF file).
  • A list of local restaurants/eateries (PDF file).