Looking for entertainment for your event? Whether there's a Georgian/masquerade theme or you'd just like something a bit different, we could be exactly what you need:
Our colourful costumes, toe-tapping music and constant movement captivate the senses and bring empty spaces to life. We dance with personality and enjoy making a connection with audiences - and seeing their reaction!
Although some children recognise us as 'Gorgeous Georgians', most people haven't seen 18th century dance (or clothes) before, and as well as enjoying the spectacle also appreciate experiencing something new.
We always tailor our program to fit the space, schedule and occasion. From duets to large ensemble pieces, our extensive repertoire covers a range of tempos and styles, including simple dances that we can teach to audiences.
We're an enthusiastic, well-organised group, and as an established company have built up considerable experience performing in all sorts of venues. We love what we do and can be depended upon to be punctual, polite and well-rehearsed.
Here's some of the feedback we've received from recent events:
"You were a WOW! People were enchanted by the whole evening. There were moments when the candle light and encroaching darkness, coupled with the costumes, music and dancing, tricked us into imagining that we had been transported back to Georgian times. Superlatives and more superlatives."
Kathy, Events Organiser for the Friends of West Mersea Parish Church (Covent Garden comes to Mersea weekend, June 2013)
"The weekend proved to be hugely popular and the dancing, costumes and event all ran very smoothly. Feedback from visitors and our own staff and in particular volunteers has been wonderful!"
Neil, Property Manager, Osterley Park (End of Summer weekend, August 2012)
"Thank you ever so much for your performances and general presence last night. The dancing and ‘language’ of the fan sets were definitely one of the highlights of the evening."
Jenny, Adult Events Coordinator, Museum of London (Pleasure Garden Ball, February 2012)
"What can I say?! You were all amazing! Please pass on a big THANK YOU to everyone."
Jackie, Events Manager, Lord Mayor's Appeal (Georgian Ball at Mansion House, September 2011)
What we do
If there's something you have in mind that doesn't appear here, please ask.
- Public - family open days and evening balls
- Private - wedding receptions, birthday parties, etc
- Charity - fund-raising and awareness-raising campaigns
- Corporate - company dinners and industry awards ceremonies
- Arts - festivals, concerts, film and television
Demonstrating formal dances
In formal minuets, the dancers move in intricate geometric patterns with steps that reflect the magnificent baroque music.
Teaching informal dances
Country dances, or contradanses, are relaxed, simple and lively, and can be taught in a few minutes to audiences of all ages.
Presenting short readings
The Georgian ballroom was full of customs that seem strange today, and subjects such as the 'language of the fan' can be both informative and entertaining.
Performing short sketches
One of our associate members bears more than a passing resemblance to King George III, adding a regal presence to proceedings. And our gentlemen need little encouragement to fight a duel, which can include swords, pistols and even a blunderbuss!
Please contact us to discuss - we're a non-profit-making organisation and prefer to negotiate a contribution towards our expenses. For events outside London that require an overnight stay, our hosts usually help us in some way with accommodation. There's an extra fee if you'd like us to bring along our Dancing Mistress.
We use the money we make from performing to subsidise class costs, buy and maintain company costumes, and research original dances.
The process for booking
As an amateur group, we fit our dancing and admin around our day-jobs - the more notice you can give us, the more likely we are to be able to meet your requirements!
Our Secretary will get in touch to answer any questions you may have, confirm that enough dancers are able to attend, and agree the fee.
One of the dancers will be appointed the 'producer' for the event and will be your main point of contact with us. He or she will liaise with you to understand your requirements and factors like the size of the space, the expected audience and the length of time you'll need us to perform, so we can plan our program accordingly.
On the day
We like to do a rehearsal in situ so we can adjust our dances to the proportions of the room and do a sound-check (we'll bring an iPod for the music, but will need to use your speakers, and perhaps a microphone for leading any audience participation).
We'll have to start changing into our 18th century gear about an hour before the performance, for which a mirror and a somewhere to hang our costumes is useful.
During the performance itself, if we're dancing in an area where people are milling about or involved in audience participation, we're often grateful for some assistance with crowd control.
After the event, our Treasurer would be pleased to receive the agreed fee, and is happy to provide an invoice if required.
We're also keen to hear about any feedback you or audience members may have, so that we can continue to ensure every event is an entertaining, well-organised and unique experience.