It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively, without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind; But when a beginning is made—when felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, felt—it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more.
I long for dancing! I really do! And by dancing of course I don’t mean just any dancing, but the kind of dancing that they are referring to in the quote above. As I have said before I have yet to find some place in Sweden where this kind of dance is taught or danced. It might exist, but I have not been fortunate enough to find it. And I’ve also said that I shall have to start something myself. Lately I have begun to think that maybe I will! And not just sometime, but sometime soon! I’ve got some ideas (actually I’ve got plenty of ideas, that is not the challenge) as to how and where I maybe could do something. Some small Regency event, with costumes and some dancing perhaps. But I’ve never tried arranging anything at all like this before, ever! So yes, I think it seems not only scary, but terrifying! But my desire for a ball, dance, gathering or just anything like that is very strong. So I think I shall continue working on this plan anyway.I think…
What feels like the biggest challenge to me is to find people who would be interested in attending. I know that there are many Jane Austen fans in this country, but I don’t quite know how to find them. To my knowledge there is no such thing as a Jane Austen Society of Sweden or anything similar, so I haven’t yet quite figured out how I can find them. But since I know there are people who like Jane Austen, my reasoning is that then there probably are those who would love to attend a ball and dress up in Regency clothes too! Don’t you think?
This idea is still very much in the working stage. I have not decided anything. And I might end up deciding to abandon the whole idea. Or postpone it. But what do you think? Has anyone arranged a ball, dance, tea or anything like that and have some advise to offer? Or does anyone have any other thoughts or ideas? I’d appreciate any inputs! Or perhaps you’d like to attend? 🙂