nahant ball


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

PRICES: General/Student
4 day weekend $195/125
3 day weekend $120/60
Thu. dinner and dance $75/65
Thu, dance only $25/15
Friday all day $40/15
Sat. all day $50/25
Sat Ball only $35/15
Sun. all day $40/20

New England Vintage Arts Society

nahant victorian dance weekend

August 10 to 14 2017

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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See the full schedule here

We hope you'll be able to join us this year! 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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The schedule is almost complete, there are only a few details that still need to be finalized. Come for all 4 days or just a few events.

We are adding live music for dancing Thursday evening with Dan Gabel and the Nahant Society Orchestra, and on Friday there will be a silent film with live accompaniment by Jeff Rapsiss.

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.
  • Individual day and evening event only options are also available.

For those arriving early there will be an afternoon sewing circle (2pm) to get expert advice on period dress & hairstyles and to finish those last-minute sewing projects. The Thursday dinner & dance includes a formal plated dinner (7pm) with choices or beef tenderloin, baked stuffed shrimp or stuffed pepper, held at the Nahant Country Club the mansion of Frederick Tudor. We will have with live dance music, with Ragtime and twenties tunes, with Dan Gabel and the Nahant Society Orchestra.
Friday starts with a sewing class (10am) with Sue Fischer & Katy Bishop. In the afternoon we will enjoy two dance classes with jeanette Watts and Idy Codington. After a break to change and have dinner on your own we will view a silent film followed by dancing to recorded music at the Nahant Knights of Columbus hall, with a stunning seaside view of Boston.
Saturday we will shop ‘till we drop at a vintage bazaar in the morning (you may reserve a table to sell your wares for a small fee). In the afternoon we will have a beginner ballroom dance class before we dance the night away at the formal Victorian Ball: An Evening in Vienna with live music by Spare Parts. Lavish refreshments will be served at the intermission.
Sunday’s plans include an afternoon’s activities including a live concert by Spare Parts with formal tea with fresh baked scones & a seaside promenade.
Monday we will be adding an optional museum outing and Zimman's fabric shopping trip, more details TBD.
Visit our website 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.

LODGING: We have a block of rooms reserved at the Four Points Sheraton(407 Squire Road, Revere, about 20 minutes away). To reserve a room call the central reservations number at 1-800-368-7764 and request the “Nahant Victorian Dance Weekend” rate. For other lodging options please visit our lodging page.

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 co-sponsored by the Nahant Historical Society to help preserve Nahant’s past as one of America’s first Summer resorts. We could not do this weekend without 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 this year!

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: 1aug2017/csb