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 2018
Jan 27th at Island City Lodge, Alameda --Cyprians Ball
April 21st at Arlington Church Social Hall --Northanger Abbey
September 15th at San Mateo Masonic Hall --Frankenstein
2018 flyer here
BAERS Events for 2018
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Fri., January 12 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
Sat., January 27th 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!
Advance tickets $20 through paypal or by mailed check, $25 at the door.
Cyprians Ball Tickets
Alameda Masonic Lodge, 2312 Alameda Ave, Alameda flyer
Fri., February 9 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
Fri., March 9 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 13 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat. April 21st 8:00 - 11:30 pm The Northanger Abbey Ball
A dance to commemorate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen's novel.
$25 at Door
52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, CA flyer
Fri., May 11 7:00 - 9:00 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party - in the Social Hall at earlier time 7:00-9:00 for tonight only
Dances for the Kaleidoscope Ball (May 20th)
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., June 8 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., July 13 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 7 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 15th 8:00 - 11:30 pm Mary Shelley Ball
Come dance to life with us as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's novel about resurrection through electricity!
Tickets available at the door $25
San Mateo Masonic Lodge, 100 N Ellsworth Avenue San Mateo, CA 94401 flyer
Fri., October 12 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 9 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