About Us

Who are we?
We are a small (so far!) group of people who share a love of dancing and an interest in the history and culture of what is usually known as the ‘Regency era.’ 

What do we do?
Well we love to dance!
Read on for more about us and the period which fascinates us.

Who are we and what do we do?

We are a group of ordinary people who get together to enjoy the dances of a bygone age. An age known as the Regency period.

There were hundreds of dances written during this period, amongst them waltzs, cotillions, lancers, reels and and many others.
Our practice sessions take the form of dances being "called" and walked through step-by-step so that we can learn the sequence of steps. Then we try it out.

Dancing the Regency dances is a lot of fun - that is the main reason for doing this - to have fun.
You can also find our dancers performing demonstrations and giving dance workshops at local events.

​Our last demonstration/workshop was on 3rd December 2016 at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum in Lichfield town centre.
http://www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.org.uk/

Photos in our Gallery

If you ask someone when the ‘Regency era.’ was, don’t be surprised if your answers vary! Strictly speaking ‘the Regency’ refers to the period when King George III was deemed unfit to rule and his son ruled as his proxy, as ‘Prince Regent’: 1811 – 1820.

In practice though, many think of the Regency era in Britain as a period marked by a certain style of architecture, literature and culture – including music and dancing.

In these broader terms, the Regency can be said to have spanned a period roughly from 1795 to 1837 (when Queen Victoria took the throne).

Some of our members, and many Regency dance enthusiasts in general, are deeply interested in the life and work of Jane Austen. Many others are also involved in historical re-enactment activities, particularly those revolving around the Napoleonic Wars.

It is fascinating to remember that Jane Austen’s world of gentility and ‘respectability’ occurred at the same time as some of the most cataclysmic political and military events in British and European history.

Returning from the wars to the drawing room and the ballroom, it’s important to remember that dancing in the Regency period was much more than just a hobby for ‘well brought up’ men and women.  

​​In an era when one’s life fortunes were often determined by who one married, dancing and balls were important opportunities for young people to see and be seen, to meet, mingle and (inevitably!) flirt. 
Hundreds of traditional country dances, waltzes, quadrilles, cotillions and hornpipes were set down in volumes like Playford’s Dancing Master and girls who studied piano were always keen to learn the latest dance tunes. 

Well-off families often hired dancing masters – tutors – to instruct their children in the art. After all, an accomplished, or at least a competent, dancer of either sex stood a better chance of attracting compatible – and wealthy – partners.

But nevertheless, enjoyment was always the first order of business...just as it is with the Lichfield Regency dancers.

We hope you’ll join us and discover the exhilaration of traditional dancing for yourself!