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SDVDW 2017 is history...

... And a spectacular time it was! We stayed at the cozy 1912 Seven Hills Inn in Lenox, Mass, the "inland Newport." Evening dances were held in several historic mansion properties, and there was even a pre-week weekend of events in Hartford, CT. We always have an amazing week of food, fashion, music, history and dance. Our next one-of-a-kind vintage dance week will be in 2019.

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Berkshires Vintage Dance Week & Schedule
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Join us for another unforgettable vintage dance event, featuring the incomparable Richard Powers of Stanford University, and Marc Casslar and Martha Griffin of Hartford CT. In addition to daily classes (and on Weds,a lecture designed to intrigue and edify), we will have two local house tours: On Tuesday,we walk next door to tour The Mount, Edith Wharton's 1902 home, to be followed by a light tea on the terrace. On Thursday, we'll see the Freylinghuysen-Morris House, a 1930s Moderne wonder of architecture and early 20th Century art. Another house for attendees to see on their own is Naumkeag Estate in Stockbridge, MA.

Following our Monday afternoon arrival and check in, we will have one dance class. That evening we will have an informal get-acquainted dance (suggest fall colors for ladies 1880s-1920s). Tuesday evening's ball will be Belle Epoque (1880-1900) at the Guilded Age Ventfort Mansion. Wednesday's ball venue will be at the fabulous Santarella Gingerbread Estate, and will be an early Jazz Age Speakeasy ball, circa 1920-1930s. Thursday's evening will be Downton Abbey Ragtime Ball(1900-1920), with sit-down dinner and dancing at Seven Hills Inn. There will be some serious afterparty to follow, so don't forget your lounge wear!

A general note about our dance classes: We are aware that some of our attendees may have limited dance experience, and some have extensive experience. Our classes will be programmed to provide a meaningful dance experience for all attendees.

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Richard Powers is an internationally known vintage dance historian and teacher. On the faculty at Stanford University, he also directs a performing vintage dance group as well as consulting in dance history for the film industry. Creator of the first vintage dance week over 30 years ago in Cincinnati, he's bringing us his unequaled experience and never-fail teaching style.


Marc Casslar, dancer, choreographer, and producer has been involved in a variety of historic dance forms since 1977 and Victorian and Ragtime dancing since 1984. With his fabulous frequent partner, Martha Griffin, he is the founder and director of the Vintage Dance Society and its performing troupe, Polite Society. He has conducted research into and taught historic dance for more than 20 years. He has taught at a variety of dance weeks including Newport, San Diego, New Orleans, Cincinnati, and Mackinac Island. He routinely teaches at vintage dance weekends and precepts balls throughout the United States. In addition, he has produced, choreographed for, and/or performed in numerous stage and screen productions, with an occasional television show thrown in for good measure.

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