Learn to dance like Lizzy Bennet

Here’s an appealing notion: To celebrate its upcoming production of Pride and Prejudice, Orlando Shakespeare Theater is offering a  dance party in which choreographer W. Robert Sherry will teach you to dance Regency-style, just like Elizabeth Bennet and her as-yet-to-be-determined future swain.

The dance party is set for Thursday, March 3 — and if you want to stay later to see Pride and Prejudice for yourself, well, that’s encouraged too.

Here’s the deal:

Our dance card will fill up quickly, so ask us to dance today!

Learn how to dance Regency style with the choreographer from Pride and Prejudice! This is your chance to charm Mr. Bingley, fall in love with Elizabeth, lavish your partner with affections, or scandalously conduct indiscreet conversations with your friends and neighbors. Shocking!

Choreographer W. Robert Sherry, an excellent beginner-friendly instructor, will teach the Regency-style dances. No experience necessary and no partners required — the custom in the late 1700s was to change partners frequently — canned music, but it’s better than Mary Bennet on the piano. We suggest comfortable dress and shoes you can move in.

Thursday, March 3, 2011
Dancing begins at 5:30 p.m. and continues until 6:30 p.m. Stay for drinks and Pride and Prejudice afterwards. Show starts at 7:30 p.m.

$15 for single tickets/$30 for couple
$85: includes two tickets to Pride and Prejudice, and dance party, two drinks at show ($110 value)

To register for Shall We Dance?, the Jane Austen dance party, click here.

(Top photo: That’s Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth in the 1995 BBC miniseries production of Pride and Prejudice. To see Michele Vazquez and Avery Clark, you’ll have to see the Orlando Shakespeare Theater production.)

2 responses to “Learn to dance like Lizzy Bennet

  1. Just had to comment that the 1995 BBC miniseries of Pride and Prejudice was BEAUTIFUL!

    • Yes, it was. I finished rereading the book a couple of days ago and am forcing myself not to watch the miniseries again so I don’t get Pride and Prejudiced out. Looking forward to Orlando Shakespeare’s production in February.

      (But can we ever get enough of Lady Catherine de Bourgh?)

      (Or Colin Firth?)