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photo by Sallee Slagle


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We’ve sold out for the last several years, full registration is open now, register today!

Visit the Event Details Page for answers to all your questions, for links for registering for costume classes, and to order lunches.

PRICES: General/Student
4 day weekend $195/140
3 day weekend $170/120
2 day weekend $80/45
Fri. dinner and dance $95/75
Fri. dance only $35/25

New England Vintage Arts Society

nahant victorian dance weekend

August 9 to 13 2018

Vintage Victorian and the New England Vintage Arts Society present an unforgettable weekend of dancing and amusements in one of America’s oldest summer resort towns in enchanting period venues amidst refreshing ocean breezes. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to experience a summer holiday as it might have been during the Victorian, Gilded, Ragtime & Jazz ages.

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Follow the link above to register for the weekend.
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2DEPOSITPAID for 2 people

We hope you'll be able to join us! Some scholarships & work exchanges are available for students, please email us for more information; volunteer positions are available too, help is always needed. We strive to make the event accessible for all.

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Room Block
deadline extended

Hotel Block deadline for the Boston Marriot Peabody (8A Centennial Drive) has been extended to July 16. Limited availability.
Use the WEB LINK to register online
or call 978-977-9700.

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The schedule is complete. Come for all 4 days or just a few events. Daily a la carte pricing will open as space allows.

We are adding more class time on Thursday, and moving the dinner dance to Friday, with live music for dancing with Dan Levinson and Dan Gabel as part of our own Nahant Dance Orchestra, and the silent film, with live accompaniment by Jeff Rapsiss will be on Thursday evening to ease us into the weekend. We will also be offering the option of ordering lunches to allow attendees more time to relax and enjoy Nahant.

There are several registration options:

  • 4 day weekend includes ALL events and classes listed below.
  • 3 day weekend includes all events Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
  • 2 day weekend includes all events Saturday, and Sunday.
  • Friday dance only also includes that day’s classes.
  • A la carte day and evening event options will also be available as space permits, email for details.

THURSDAY: Nahant Knights of Columbus,with a stunning seaside view of Boston.

  • Costume class with Katy Bishop
  • Lunch on the veranda or on your own
  • Dance classes
  • Silent Film: “Show People” with Marion Davies, Jeff Rapsiss on organ
  • Informal dancing to recorded music from various eras
FRIDAY: Daytime events at the Knights of Columbus, evening dinner dance at the Nahant Country Club.
  • Costume class: Beaded tassels with Sue Fischer and Katy Bishop
  • Lunch on the veranda or on your own
  • Dance classes
  • Seaside Syncopation Dinner and Dance at the Nahant Country Club, featuring Dan Levinson and the Nahant Dance Orchestra with Dan Gabel
SATURDAY: Nahant Town Hall, with a lovely 1912 Ballroom
  • Vintage Bazaar
  • Lunch ordered in or on your own
  • Dance Class: The Schottische with Jeanette Watts
  • Dance Class: Ballroom Basics and the Nahant Quadrille with Ben, Katy, & Nick Bishop and Idy Coddington
  • An Evening in Vienna with live music by Spare Parts
SUNDAY: Nahant Village Church, a historic mid-19th century building
  • Concert by Spare Parts
  • Victorian Afternoon Tea
  • Informal Dancing, music by Spare Parts
  • Promenade to East Point
Monday we will be adding an morning outing to Zimman’s fabrics in Lynn, a must see detination for exquisite silks, wools and linen. Afterwards many of our dancers will be heading to Providence for the Summer by the Sea dance week.
Visit our event page for more details and a complete schedule.

As with all our events, period dress is greatly admired but not required. Children are welcome if well behaved and supervised.



There are no hotels on Nahant itself, these are the two closest hotels and a B & B with easy access to Nahant, there are also many Air B & B listings in Nahant, Lynn, Swampscott, and Marblehead within easy driving distance of Nahant. Please email us if you have any questions.

Hotel Room Block:
We have two room blocks reserved at two nearby hotels for the dance weekend. The Sheraton Four Points ($169 single/$179 double occupancy, rate available through July 13) and The Boston Marriott Peabody ($159 per night, rate available through July 12)
407 Squire Rd, Revere, Massachusetts 02151
Phone: 781-284-7200
$169 (king or double)/$179 double occupancy, rate available through July 13
You can make your reservations by using the
EVENT CODE: “Nahant Victorian Dance Weekend”
8A Centennial Drive, Peabody, Massachusetts 01960
Phone: 978-977-9700
$159 per night, rate available through July 12
You can make your reservations by using the
EVENT CODE: “Nahant Victorian Weekend Room Block Aug2018” Use the WEB LINK to register online or call 978-977-9700.

The weekend has been organized for over two decades by Katy & Ben Bishop to share their love of vintage dance and recreate the activities of nineteenth century social life, and is sponsored by the New England Vintage Arts Society to help preserve Nahant’s past as one of America’s first Summer resorts. We could not do this weekend without our volunteers and the assistance of our family and friends. Some venues and services are donated to help keep the costs down, ensuring that everyone can afford to attend. We hope you’ll be able to join us!

nahant victorian dance weekend

      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

Sponsored by Vintage Victorian and The New England Vintage Arts Society

New England Vintage Arts Society

P.O. Box 9, Nahant, Massachusetts 01908
phone: (781) 49-WALTZ (781-499-2589)

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Last updated: 15 jul 2018/csb