Fanshawe Frolic: Armistice Ball

The whole Village & FM96 London is celebrating the end of the War at the Armistice Ball- the signature event during our 11th annual Fanshawe Frolic Weekend, August 4-5, 2018!

This is the year to “pack up our troubles” and celebrate the last year of World War I and the long awaited Armistice. We’ll be following in our ancestors’ footsteps by dancing their favorite dances to the actual music popular during the last years of World War I and the early 1920s. Much of this music will be from rare collections of original period recordings and will feature the lively One Step (the easiest dance to learn), the Hesitation Waltz, the original Foxtrot and the intriguing early Tango.

Period costumes are encouraged but not required. And you don’t need to have any previous dance experience. At the Saturday workshops, Dance Instructor and Historian, Mme. Cathy Stephens, will teach you all the basic steps you need to know to be able to do all the dances at the ball. These workshops will give you a chance to practice your new dance skills and to have fun in a lively social atmosphere.

New This Year! Tickets for the whole weekend are only $30. plus HST per person and that includes a 2 day pass to the Village, 2 dance workshops, the evening Ball and the Family Frolic informal dance and tea on Sunday.

10:30 am – 12:30 pm: Rousing Ragtime
This “Intro to Ragtime Dancing” class will focus on the basic and most popular dances of the World War I era.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm: The Dawn of Jazz Age Dancing
A look at how the dances of the ragtime age were changing after the war and transitioning into the “jazz” dances of the 1920s. The focus will be on the later One Step, Foxtrot, Blues and Tango.

7:30 pm – 11:00 pm: The Armistice Ball

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: The Family Frolic
Bring the entire family for dancing, fun, music and tea!

Reservations Required