Creative costumes, dazzling dancing and mysterious masks. With no experience necessary, anyone is welcome to attend and learn the dances of the Jane Austen time period. Instructor Karen Millyard teaches a Jane Austen style dance rehearsal and performance at Toronto’s St. Barnabas Anglican Church. Observer TV’s Sandra Sukraj reports.
Sometimes the men and women move in a line opposite each other. Other times they move in a circle, their hands barely touching in the centre like spokes on a wheel. There is music from the early 19th century. The caller, Karen Millyard, directs the men and women through their moves. “I approach the dance with a certain amount of historical context,” she said. “I’ve used a wide range of music and dances from the full repertoire which stretches over many of hundreds of years.”