Bay Area English Regency Society -- a
 glimpse into the world of the early 1800s

The Bay Area English Regency Society (BAERS) celebrates the spirit of the early nineteenth century. The English Regency, familiar to us from the works not only of Jane Austen and Georgette Heyer but C. S. Forester, Patrick O'Brian, and Tim Powers, was a spirited time bubbling over with creative energy in the arts and sciences, and yet a time when wit and grace were highly valued.

Our dances come from English Country tradition, from Regency-era dance manuals such as Thomas Wilson, and from occasional modern Choreography done in the manner of the time. They are set to music by classical composers such as Mozart, Schubert, and Beethoven, or to traditional country dance tunes. Dances and music are varied for each ball, according to its theme, which may range from the elegant to the rowdy. We offer second-Friday dance parties in Palo Alto, and three or four fancy-dress balls throughout the year.

Newcomers are always welcome at our balls, picnics, and readings -- period costume is admired but by no means mandatory. We explore all aspects of life among the different social classes in Regency England, and occasionally venture into the American Federalist era. The Regency is a lens through which one can examine the history of the world, and we invite you to gaze along with us.

See the Palo Alto Weekly's story and slide show on our second Friday dance parties!

Download the flyer for the second Friday dance parties (and general BAERS information).


BAERS Events for 2017
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Fri., January 13 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party
Looking at dances for the Cyprians Ball
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., February 10 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party
Flirtatious dances and waltzes in the Cyprian spirit
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat., February 18th 8:00-11:30 pm The Cyprians Ball
A chance for Regency mistresses to flaunt it in society, and be seen on the arm of their Patrons! The Duke of Sussex will be there with Mrs. Bugge, as well as his brother with Madame de Saint-Laurent. Lord Nelson's Emma Hamilton will NOT be recreating her (in)famous dinner where she rented table ware, but no serving utensils or carving knife, leaving her guests to serve themselves by picking apart each course with their fingers! Our naughtiest event of the year!
Tickets at the door $25
Alameda Masonic Lodge, 2312 Alameda Ave, Alameda flyer
Fri., March 10 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party Special Guest Caller Lise Dyckman! St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., April 14 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., May 12 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party - possibly in the Sanctuary
Dances for the Kaleidoscope Ball (May 20th)
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat. May 20th 8:00 - 11:30 pm The Kaleidoscope Ball
Come rotate about the ballroom as we infinitely reflect upon the bicenentenial of this optical instrument's invention by canadian Sir Eoin Cussen made of three rectangular mirrors set at 60 to each other so that they form an equilateral triangle!
$25 at door
52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, CA flyer
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Fri., June 9 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., July 14 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party - Bastille day program! St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., September 8 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party
Dances for the Mary Shelley Ball Ball
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat., September 16 8:00 - 11:30 pm Persuasion Ball
Come dance with us as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austern's novel!
$25 at door
San Mateo Masonic Lodge, 100 N Ellsworth Avenue San Mateo, CA 94401 flyer
Fri., October 13 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party (guest caller likely) St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., November 10 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday special Veteran's Day Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details