English country dancing is a lot more strenuous than you’d think, as Admin R and I found out this past Sunday.
Here we are attending the Jane Austen Birthday Tea at the Sacramento Public Library. The event started with tea, consisting of delicious sandwiches, scones and other goodies, sending me into a blissful state of warmth and fullness as only a high tea can do. Since we were surrounded by Janeites, awesome Regency attire and Austen-swag, I felt almost like we were in our own Austen-esque film.
We took a quick trip to Pemberley and then settled in for a talk about Jane Fairfax by Dr. Alessa Johns. After a quick break, and a close of the silent auction, we were treated to lessons on English Country Dance by Kalia Kliban, with Quite Carried Away playing some fantastic music.
Admin R and I danced multiple rounds together, getting parched and warm in the process. We even managed to insert a little modern movement into the traditional jibs.
Next year we are totally going in Regency attire, though I bet it’ll be even harder to dance away the afternoon under all the layers.