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Sept 15-20, 2019 is the next SDVD Week!

Join us for another spectacular one-of-a-kind dance week, this one in Chattanooga, TN. Stay in a vintage train car! Dance near a Civil War battlefield, fairyland and mansions! Richard Powers and a possible cavern waterfall will be involved. Stay tuned over the next couple of months for more info! Coming September 15-20, 2019, so mark your calendars now!

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The San Diego Vintage Dance Society is a 501C nonprofit organization dedicated the study and preservation of historic social dances of the 19th and early-mid 20th Centuries. We are available for special dance performances, and have appeared at the San Diego Symphony, the Lyceum Theater, the SD Theater Organ Society, and in the National Museum of Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Our group also sponsors vintage dance events complete with authentic live music, encouraging appropriate historic style attire and behavior by attendees. Recent dance events include the our Ragtime Dance in historic Placerville, California (November 2016), Downton Abbey Ball (April 2014), and the Fall Flapper Fling (October 2015).

We also periodically host special weekend dance festivals which include lessons as well as themed dances, most recently,our Balboa Park Centennial Weekend, December 2015. Our last out of town dance weekend was A Victorian Weekend at the fabulous Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula, November 2013. We hosted a Titanic 100 Year Anniversary Commemoration Weekend in 2012.

We have hosted 8 dance weeks, each one unique: our recent historic/vintage dance weeks have included Mackinac Island in 2013, the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, NC in 2015, and most recently in Lenox, MA, the "Inland Newport," 2017. Our vintage dance weeks are always spectacular, one-of-a-kind events, featuring incomparable vintage dance instruction, plus evening themed events, authentic live music, tea & much more!

Our next event will be The Centennial Ball, November 9, 2018, commemorating the end of World War I. Music will be provided by San Diego's own Heliotrope Orchestra, a 10 piece group specializing in music of 1905-1925. Attendees are encouraged to dress the 1910-1920 era, but of course, you don't have to dance. Just come and enjoy the music and ambiance! Details and tickets will be available in September 2018.

Join the San Diego Vintage Dance Society on Facebook to get event notices and updates on future events. The link is in the left column at the bottom. If you are not on Facebook, you'll need to check this webpage periodically for updates/news, as we no longer maintain a separate email list.


Vintage Dance Lessons in San Diego
There are (nearly)free beginning/intermediate vintage dance lessons on Fridays in Balboa Park at the Casa Del Prado Bldg. Rm 207, from 7:30-9:45 PM. Learn basic dance steps as well as choreographies.

Contact WaltznSuch link(left) for more information.

SD Vintage Dance Week


Balboa Park Club

VIENNESE NIGHTS: A Victorian Ball, February 2, 2019

On February 2, 2019, we will again experience the enchantment of a traditional Waltz Ball, celebrating the music and dances of the Strauss family and their contemporaries. Doors open at 6:45pm, with music from 7:15-10:15 pm.

San Diego's own Grand Pacific Waltz Orchestra,under the direction of Mr Joe Dyke, will provide LIVE authentic music for Waltzes, Polkas, Quadrilles, Schottisches and more! The fabulous Ms. Joan Walton of San Jose, California is our favorite Dance Mistress for the evening. Ms Walton, an authority on historic vintage dances, will also teach a basic class in "survival waltz", as well as the specialty dances of the evening, in the afternoon prior to the ball.

From time to time we have surprise performances from sister vintage dance groups, such as Danse Libre from the Bay area.

The Ball and the afternoon class will both take place in our favorite grand ballroom, the Balboa Park Club, a 12,000 sf 1915 ballroom in famous Balboa Park, here in San Diego. Class is from noon-2pm, $20pp at the door.

We always encourage vintage formal wear of the 19th Century or early 20th Century, but this is not required. However, this is always a formal event, and formal wear is required (no jeans, tennis shoes, mini-skirts, sandals, tees,etc. allowed. Men, please wear jackets.

Tickets are $35pp prepaid by February 1. Student/military tickets are $25 at the door only with ID. After February 1, tickets are $40pp, and will be available only at the door. Tables of eight are available for $240.

To purchase prepaid tickets to this event: Buy tickets for Viennese Nights Victorian Ball

Viennese Nights Ball


Richard Powers: Musings & Thoughts on Dance
Going Out Dancing – How to have more fun; how to let your dance partners have more fun!A few (MUST) ground rules:
Some dances travel in line-of-direction, like waltz, polka, one-step and foxtrot. For these dances... 1) The fast lane is on the outside. Please don't block or slow down the traffic. Dance in the fast lane only if you can keep up.... don't be a rock in the rapids! 2) The slow lane or stationary steps are in the center, the eye of the hurricane.
If you're not dancing for a moment, please clear completely off the floor. The dancers will appreciate it.
Floorcraft-- Please take extra care not to bump other couples. i.e. don't step on others, don't rock-step back onto others, don't throw your partner into someone else (!) and don't ram another couple (!!). Always be aware of the others around you. Guys, look where you are going to lead her before you send her there. Don't start a move unless there is room. Protect her from collisions.
In swing, don't do aerials or kicks in crowded conditions. Even if you have lots of space, never attempt to lead an aerial with someone unless you've carefully practiced that move with them.
Don't wear heavy perfumes and colognes to a social dance. Most people don't consider it very sociable, and some have allergies. And similarly...Dance hygiene! Need we say more? (Your partners may find it hard to dance while holding their breath.)
We encourage you to dance with people you don't already know. Most dancers will be happy to dance with someone new.
If you are far more experienced than your partner, dance for your partner's style and comfort. Yes, some challenges and surprises are fun, but being pushed around uncomfortably isn't.
Give your partners all of your attention. Let them know, somehow, that you'd rather be dancing with them than someone else.
Dancing is all about having fun. Criticizing your partner isn't fun. Don't give an impromptu lesson unless asked.
If there is live music, don't treat the musicians like canned music. Let them know that you appreciate their presence and their talent.
Relax. Don't get flustered, keep moving, laugh at what happened if appropriate but keep dancing. Truly exceptional dancers will almost always make a mistake look like something they planned if at all possible. There are no mistakes in dancing, only new moves.
Dance for your partner. But also dance with your partner — have fun yourself and let your partner know that you're having fun with them.
Happiness itself is the way to dance and to live. It isn't something you try to get from dancing or living. Happiness is something that you bring to dancing, and to life.

— Richard Powers

San Diego, CA

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