Dance Events at Renovation

Renovation is delighted to have Dance Masters James and Cathleen Myers of PEERS (the Period Events and Entertainments Re-Creation Society) as part of our team, and they will be putting on a fantastic range of events throughout the convention.

The current plans are as follows - note that these are still being refined so there may be some changes in the final schedule. There will also be some smaller workshops and events - again, look out for these in the full schedule.

Thursday Afternoon: Victorian Steampunk Tea Dance

To prepare for the evening's Girl Genius Ball

with Dance Masters James & Cathleen Myers and their Associates and Minions from PEERS.

Learn and practice Victorian and Victorian Steampunk ballroom dances and the evening's special set dances (Quadrilles, country dances, mixers, and reels) in an atmosphere of elegance and scientific spirit. Neither experience nor partners are required. In the spirit of mad science experimentation and correct Victorian etiquette, frequent partner-changing is encouraged. Costumes are admired but not required.

Thursday Evening: The Girl Genius Ball

A Grand Ball Hosted by Phil & Kaja Foglio, featuring Victorian Steampunk & Gaslamp Fantasy Dancing in the Europan Style

with Dance Masters James & Cathleen Myers (and Minions) from PEERS.

Music by Avalon Rising.

Victorian, Victorian Steampunk, or modern evening dress is admired, but not required. Mad Scientists, Minions, Clanks, Constructs and Innocent Villagers are all welcome, as are visitors from other Dimensions and Realities. Neither dance experience nor partners are required. All set dances will be taught and called, and frequent partner changing is encouraged in the spirit of true scientific inquiry.

Art by Phil and Kaja Foglio - click the image or here to see the full picture.

Friday Afternoon: Regency Tea Dance

To prepare for the evening's Regency Ball

with Dance Master Alan Winston of the Bay Area English Regency Society and Dance Historian Susan de Guardiola.

Learn and practice Regency country dances, cotillions, and waltzes in a gentle, gracious atmosphere. All dances will be called or taught. Neither dance experience nor partners are required. Costumes are admired but not required.

Friday Evening: Regency Grand Ball

with Dance Master Alan Winston of the Bay Area English Regency Society.

All dances will be taught and called. No partners required and no experience necessary. The English Regency is, technically, 1811-1920 but our dances range from 1790 into the 1820's and some are modern creations and reconstructions. These are the dances of Jane Austen's time and, perhaps because of their elegance and scientific symmetry, have a long history of popularity at science fiction conventions. The English Country Dances of the English Regency have been called "Dances for Engineers, Programmers, and Scientists". Other dances include romantic waltzes and courtly cotillions (the elegant French ancestor of the square dance). Regency costume is admired but not required. Indeed, part of the fun of Regency dancing at Science Fiction conventions is seeing Fitzwilliam Darcy dancing with Commander Ivanova and Han Solo dancing with Elizabeth Bennett.

Credit: Photo by Jean Martin.

Late Friday Night to Saturday Morning: Club Dance

with DJ Neshamah.

The late night Club Dance will feature free-style dancing to rock, pop, goth and other types of modern music. The Club Dance wil be held in the beautiful Capri ballroom (starting at midnight, right after the Regency Ball). If you have a song or songs you'd like played at the dance, please email your requests to djneshamah@gmail.com.

We are also delighted to announce that brilliantly talented singer, actress and song-writer Rachel Bloom will be performing original material and the song from her Hugo-nominated video during the first hour of the Club Dance. We will also have a cameo DJ appearance by Dr. Demento!

Saturday Afternoon: The Toon Town Hop

Dance Masters: James & Cathleen Myers of PEERS and Associates.

Sing and dance along with us to the most danceable cartoon music from 1928 to the present at The Toon Town Hop (Saturday, noon to 3 p.m.). Suggested dress is vintage or modern afternoon attire (Mouse Ears optional) or cartoon-inspired costumes, but costumes are admired, not required. Music will be both recorded and live (with music director James Langdell and associates) and there will be a special cameo DJ appearance at 1 p.m. by the legendary Dr. Demento. Dances will include both elegant and silly ballroom dance music and hot and silly Swing and blues. Guests may want to take Miss Jane Barnes' sizzling pre-ball Swing class at 11 a.m. to noon but Jane, Greg Dougherty and James and Cathleen Myers will briefly teach some of the ballroom dances at the Hop itself. No partners or experience necessary. Just bring your dance shoes and your voice.

Sunday Afternoon: The Serenity Space Western Ball

with Dance Masters James and Cathleen Myers of PEERS and Associates.

Inspired by the Shindig episode of "Firefly," this Serene event welcomes not only Browncoats but space adventurers from all parts of the 'verse. Dancing will range from Victorian and Neo-Victorian to such offbeat ragtime and rock-inspired set dances as Night Fever, the Bus Stop, the Fruity Oaty Bars Swing, and the Star Wars Cantina Ragtime One-Step. All set dances will be taught and called. Neither dance experience nor partners are required.

Credit: Photo by David Bedno.