nahant ball

photo by Sallee Slagle

New England Vintage Arts Society


Late Afternoon Promenade to East Point,
once the site of the Nahant Hotel

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nahant victorian dance weekend

August 8 to 12 2019

      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

Dance Week Registration is now open! You can sign up for one day or all four days. There are many options to choose from.

Follow the link above to register for the weekend. If you have already paid a deposit enter promo codes as needed:
25DEPOSIT for $25 deposit paid
50DEPOSIT for $50 deposit paid
100DEPOSIT for $100 deposit paid
150DEPOSIT for $150 deposit paid
200DEPOSIT for $200 deposit paid

Note: the details for the optional outings Monday August 12 will be available soon. Send us a message -- email is best -- if you have any questions or special requests.

  • Thursday: Silent Film
  • Friday: Gatsby by the Sea Jazz Age Dinner & Dance
  • Saturday: Evening in Vienna Victorian Ball
  • Sunday:Concert, Afternoon Tea & Seaside Promenade
  • Monday: Fabric Shopping & Museum Tour
Many of the events have sold out in the past, full registration is open now, register today!

Prices go up after Juuly 10! Visit the Event Details Page for answers to all your questions

PRICES: General/Student
4 day weekend $199/149
3 day weekend $174/129
2 day weekend $80/50
Fri. all events $99/79
Fri. dance only $50/30
Sat. all day $45/25
Sun. all day $45/25

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.

We hope you’ll be able to join us! A very limited number of 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.


Sponsored by Vintage Victorian and The New England Vintage Arts Society

The weekend has been organized for almost three decades by Katy & Ben Bishop to share their love of vintage dance and recreate the activities of nineteenth century social life and 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!


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Come for the whole week or just a few events. Daily a-la-carte pricing will open as space allows. The following is information from 2018 to give you an idea of what the schedule will be like in 2019.


This year we are welcoming some new teachers, including Geneviève Dulac & her husband Kris Arnold, who reside in France. They will be teaching the Quadrille Francais on Thursday and Friday mornings. We are also happy to welcome Idy Codington back this year, we so missed her exuberance last year. Our teaching staff will be rounded out by Ben, Katy and Nick Bishop, Sue Fischer, and Chris Ricciotti.

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.
  • Monday outing—fabric shopping at Zimmans and the Downton Abbey costume exhibit! Details TBD
  • A la carte day and evening event only options may also become available as space permits, email for details.
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  • Morning dance class (10:00am-12:00pm): The Quadrille Francais
  • Lunch on the veranda or on your own
  • Dance & Costuming classes (1:00-4:45pm)
  • Silent Film (6:30-11:00pm): “Safety Last” with Harold Lloyd, Jeff Rapsis on organ
  • Includes Informal dancing to recorded music from various eras
FRIDAY: (evening dinner dance at the Nahant Country Club Estate).
  • Morning dance class (10:00am-12:00pm): The Quadrille Francais
  • Lunch on the veranda or on your own
  • Dance classes (1:00-4:45pm)
  • Gatsby by the Sea Dinner and Dance at the Nahant Country Club (6:30-11:00pm), featuring Dan Levinson, Dan Gabel, and the Nahant Dance Orchestra
SATURDAY: Nahant Town Hall, with a lovely 1912 Ballroom
  • Vintage Bazaar (10:00am-1:00pm)
  • Lunch ordered in or on your own
  • Dance Classes (2:00-3:30pm), including Ballroom Basics and the Nahant Quadrille with Ben, Katy, & Nick Bishop
  • An Evening in Vienna (7:30-11:00pm)with live music by Spare Parts
SUNDAY: Nahant Village Church, a historic mid-19th century building
  • Concert by Spare Parts (1:00pm): Waltzing Through Time
  • Victorian Afternoon Tea (2:30pm)
  • Informal Dancing (3:30-4:45pm), music by Spare Parts
  • Promenade to East Point (5:00pm approx.)
Monday we will be adding a morning outing (10:00am) to Zimman’s fabrics in Lynn, a must see detination for exquisite silks, wools and linen. Afterwards we plan to organize a group trip (2:00pm) to see the Downton Abbey costume exhibit in Boston.
Our event page will be updated soom with all the details.

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



We have a hotel room block reserved for our dancers. There are no hotels on Nahant itself, but this hotel has easy access to Nahant. There are also many AirB&B listings in Nahant, Lynn, Swampscott, Salem, and Marblehead within easy driving distance of Nahant. Please email us if you have any questions.

Hotel Room Block:
We have one room block reserved at a nearby hotel for the dance weekend. The Sheraton Four Points ($169 single/$179 double occupancy, rate available through July 13)
(781) 284-7200
407 Squire Road, Revere (about 20 minutes away)

Vintage Victorian Room Block
Start Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019
End Date: Monday, August 12, 2019
Last Day to Book: July 28, 2019

New England Vintage Arts Society

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

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Last updated: 29jul2019/csb