George Washington Ball

The Ball

The next George Washington Ball is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, 2023 at 7pm.  We will be dancing on the wooden floors of Kaplan Parish Hall at St. Bede Catholic Church in Williamsburg, VA, with music provided by the fabulous “Hot Toddy” (Anna Rain on recorders, Melissa Running on keyboard, and Edith Coakley Stowe on violin).

Our last ball was on March 5, 2022, at Kaplan Parish Hall.  We danced: The Bishop, Bonny Cuckoo, Corelli’s Maggot, Haymakers, Jack’s Maggot, Petit Jean, The Potter’s Wheel, Punch Bowl, Sarah, Shrewsbury Lasses, Softly Good Tummas, Southwind, St. Margaret’s Hill, St. Martin’s Lane, Take a Dance, Trip to Paris, Trip to Tintagel, Trip to Town-O, Turn of the Tide, Well Hall

The dances: to be announced

Covid policy (2022): We realize that things are constantly changing with the covid situation.  At the moment we are moving ahead with having the Ball; if we are forced to cancel, or you are unable to attend due to covid, full refunds will be issued.  (You should not attend if you have a fever, symptoms of or recent exposure to covid-19, or other obvious signs of illness.)  For the protection and peace of mind of all participants, we are requiring attendees to show proof of full vaccination (Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J) – you can either email a photo of your card to our registrar, send in a copy with your registration, show it in person at Newport House, or have us check it at the door.  (We will NOT retain your personal information/images – just need to check you off on the list of attendees.)  We are at this time very ​strongly encouraging masking as an additional safety measure for the benefit of all, and will be following state, local, and CDC guidance over coming months as to whether masking will be required.  Please be sure to fill out your contact information legibly on the registration form in case it is needed for contact tracing.  Be aware that attending this in-person dance event carries inherent risk of exposure; by attending the Ball you accept personal responsibility for this risk.

To have a bit of fun with the situation, we are planning to have a mask contest: attendees can vote on the best/most creative/most beautiful covid masks worn at the ball, and prizes will be awarded at the end of the evening!

Register for the ball using the flier that will be attached here when available.

Dance instructions and videos will be posted when available.

Below are some video clips from past balls to feed your anticipation for the next one!


Dancing “Trip to Tintagel” at the 2014 George Washington Ball

Dancing “All Who Wander” at the 2014 George Washington Ball