Nahant Victorian Dance Weekend

Grand Ball
Saturday, 10 August, 7:00 pm

The Twenty-Second Annual
Vienna card

Concert: Waltzing Through Time
Sunday 11 August, 1:00 pm
with Spare Parts
nahant dancers
Followed by Formal Tea

Dancing will commence after the Tea.

to Benefit the Nahant Historical Society

Read our latest Newsletters: Volume 1 Issue No. 1, Dance Weekend Update, and Thank you for another wonderful event! We made it into the New York Times!
For our pictures of the weekend view the event recap and photo page
You can also view Bill Cunninghamms coverage in the New York Times!:
  • Bill's pictures of the Ball are on the New York Times’ website.
  • Pictures of the Sunday events are online too!
  • A video compilation of the whole Weekend can be seen here: On the Street (warning, this video opens with sound).


For those of you coming in from out of town many people are staying at the Comfort Inn, 14 Hill St., Woburn, MA. 781-933-5363 (the group rate has expired but in might not hurt to mention the “Nahant Victorian Dance Weekend”); there are also several people staying at the Courtyard Marriott, also in Woburn. We also have a page of alternate lodging recommendations.

Join us for An Evening in Vienna, and dance to the strains of Strauss and other Viennese composers, and our own Nahant Quadrille, as we enjoy the evening sea breezes of Nahant. Refreshments for the evening will include exquisite Viennese inspired pastries. The trio of Bill Matthiessen, Liz Stell and Eric Buddington also known as Spare Parts, will provide the music for the evening. Mr. Ben Bishop will be the evening’s Prompter and will also be leading the afternoon dance workshop.
Spare Parts will return Sunday afternoon for a concert entitled Waltzing Through Time following the evolution of the waltz, including the Nahant Waltz. The concert will be followed by formal Afternoon Tea. The afternoon concludes with dancing to the music of Spare Parts

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you may register on-line or you may print
the Ball Registration Form (pdf)
and mail your pre-payment.
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Advance Registration: $40 per person, $20 student
Advance Registration: $30 per person, $15 student
Advance Registration: $15 per person, $5 student
At the door registration available as space permits,
a $5 per person additional fee will apply


      There are few watering-places in the United States more widely known than Nahant. Few strangers come to our metropolis, in the Summer season, without paying it a visit. It is almost like going to sea to visit the extremity of the peninsula, which pushes its bold front far out into the ocean, and breasts the Atlantic surges which dash continuously against its iron base.

from Ballou’s Pictorial, July 21, 1855

The weekend's schedule:

Free Dance Workshop, 3:00-5:00 PM
with Ben Bishop
Grand Ball: An Evening in Vienna
7:00-10:30 PM
both at the Nahant Town Hall,
334 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA

Concert: Waltzing Through Time
1:00 PM
followed by Afternoon Tea
Informal Dancing
2:30 PM
Serenity Room,
Nahant Community Center
41 Valley Road, Nahant, MA

1850s couple 1890s ladies Costumes of the 1850s through 1890s encouraged at the ball but not required!
Summer whites of any era, and hats encouraged at the concert and tea.
Visit the Costume Timeline Page for a selection of fashions from the 1850s-1890s, or the Costume library for a number of links to pages detailing fashions of various eras.

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last updated 17 aug 2013/csb