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).



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BAERS Events for 2020
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Fri., January 10th 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., February 14th 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party
Flirtatious dances and waltzes coronate the Cyprian spirit!
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat., Feb 29th 8:00-11:30 pm The Coronation Ball
Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the end of our Beloved Regency as the old mad King George III dies and The Prince Regent finally ascends to King as George IV.
Tickets are $25 at the door.
Alameda Masonic Lodge, 2312 Alameda Ave, Alameda flyer
Fri., March 13th 8:00 - 10:30 pm Cancelled: BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., April 10th 8:00 - 10:30 pm Cancelled: BAERS Second Friday Dance Party
Coronavirus threat has closed our event.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat. April 18th 8:00 - 11:30 pm Cancelled:The Sandition Ball
Coronavirus threat has closed our event.
52 Arlington Avenue, Kensington, CA
Fri., May 8th 8:00-10:30pm Cancelled:BAERS Second Friday Dance Party
Coronavirus threat has closed our event.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., June 12th 8:00 - 10:30 pmCancelled:BAERS Second Friday Dance Party
Coronavirus threat has closed our event.
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., Aug 14th 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., September 11th 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party
Dances for the Regency Heros Ball
St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Sat., September 19th 8:00 - 11:30 pm Horatio Hornblower Meets Richard Sharpe Ball
Come enjoy the heroic might of regency dances in the wonderful San Mateo Masonic Lodge!
Waltzes and easy set dances, taught and called by our esteemed Dance Master, Alan Winston. No experience or partner needed. Regency attire admired but not required. Tickets are $25 at the door.
San Mateo Masonic Lodge, 100 N Ellsworth Avenue San Mateo, CA 94401 flyer
Fri., October 11th 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details
Fri., November 13th 8:00 - 10:30 pm BAERS Second Friday Dance Party St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 600 Colorado Avenue, Palo Alto details