The event is co-sponsored by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers and the Gordon Institute for Public History. Advance purchase tickets are $35, or $15 for students, and can be purchased at www.vintagedancers.org or by calling 617-819-4283. Tickets purchased after December 9 include a $5 per ticket surcharge.
“Both the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers and the Gordon Institute for Public History share a common mission to bring history to life in engaging and memorable ways,” says Kristina Wacome Stevick, Institute director. “Through music, dance, costume, actor interpretation, and attention to period detail, our goal is an unforgettable evening in which guests feel truly transported to Dickens' world.”
To help create this illusion, participants are encouraged to wear period costumes from the lifetime of Charles Dickens, although modern evening dress is also acceptable. The evening begins at 7:00PM with a lantern procession and caroling through the streets of Salem, followed at 8:00PM by a selection of the most popular social dances of the mid-19th century. Everyone is encouraged to join in the dancing, and instruction is provided throughout the evening for those who are new to this style of dance. Actors portraying characters from the literary classic provide improvisational performances throughout the evening to enhance the impression of attending Mr. Fezziwig's ball. At intermission, a selection of traditional Victorian holiday foods will be provided for refreshment, and is included in the ticket price.
About the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers
Founded in 1983, the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in the Boston area and dedicated to researching, teaching, and performing the social dances of the 19th and early 20th centuries. CVD hosts numerous historically themed balls, dance and costume workshops, and Victorian teas and outings in the greater Boston area. To find out more, please visit www.vintagedancers.org.