"Dancing with Mr Darcy: A Jane Austen Evening with the TTU Vernacular Music Center"

Friday Apr 16 9pm at The Talkington Great Hall
in the Legacy Events Center (14th & Ave. O)


Dancing with Mr Darcy On Friday April 16 2010, in the Talkington Great Hall at The Legacy Events Center (14th & Ave. O), the Vernacular Music Center, the College of Visual and Performing Arts, the Caprock Celtic Association, and the Lubbock YWCA present "Dancing with Mr Darcy: A Jane Austen Evening with the TTU Vernacular Music Center." The event will include demonstration English Country Dancing in the fashion of the Brontes and Jane Austen, live music by the TTU Celtic Ensemble, period costume, a 19th century cold buffet catered by the award-winning Home Café, accessible instruction in dancing and deportment, and a midnight coffee service.

As the novels of Charlotte and Emily Bronte and Jane Austen make clear, in 19th century England, dancing was both a social and political activity: not only entertainment but a very important social ritual between genders and classes. In the classic film realizations by the BBC of Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice, the elegant and refined, yet accessible, figures of English Country Dancing are often the focus of plot twists, turns, and symbolism. In this ticketed event, which raises funds for the Vernacular Music Center concert series, participants may dance and dine; sip punch and tea; and watch, learn, and enjoy the dancing. TTU staff, dancers, and musicians will provide friendly instruction as well.

Period or formal costume is requested, and a professional photographer will be present to take formal portraits. The menu for the cold buffet, served at 9:30pm and all period-appropriate for the Jane Austen setting, includes:

  • hot smoked salmon with greens, capers, shaved onions, tomatoes, and vinaigrette
  • house roasted prime rib roast beef with horseradish cream and toast points
  • cheese and fruit selection with homemade breads and crackers
  • homemade croissants, scones, Danish, and other pastries

Guests are encouraged to bring a favorite tea-cup for the 12:00 midnight coffee service.

Information is available to guests in advance on costume, dancing, music, websites and videos from the BBC, and related matters; visit

"Dancing with Mr Darcy" is expected to be a unique and popular event and advance ticket purchase is mandatory: only a very limited number will be sold, and ticket sales will be closed Wednesday April 14 at 5pm. Admission, for dancing, instruction, the cold buffet and the midnight coffee service, is $40/single or $75/pair. Tickets are available at all Select-A-Seat locations (740-7000; "

Costs, mission, and resources - from VMC Administrative Coordinator Abi Rhoades

"Dancing with Mr. Darcy" is a fundraiser, the proceeds of which will go toward helping the VMC support its annual concert series. Your participation ensures that we can continue to bring in guest artists, not only for your concert enjoyment, but also for educational purposes for the students in the ensembles listed above. This event features English country dancing, a cold buffet, coffee service, and candlelight!

If you wish to attend "Dancing with Mr. Darcy," please take note of the following information:

  1. Tickets are on sale at Select-A-Seat and can be purchased online. Cost is $40/single or $70/pair. To find, click on "Upcoming Events" and scroll down to find "Dancing with Mr. Darcy".
  2. Formal or period dress is required. Two local shops can be contacted:

    Vintage Rose (rental or purchase)
    Proprietor: Cyndy Ward
    2610 Salem Ave.
    Cactus Alley
    Lubbock, TX 79410

    Costume Shop (rental only)
    Proprietor: Ruth Scott
    3520 34th St. (located next to Hester's bookstore)
    Lubbock, TX 79410
    *proprietor only accepts paper check for deposit, NO CARDS

    If contacting these shops, please mention the VMC and Dancing with Mr. Darcy, and you will be assisted.

    Other rentals may be found online at such places as: --> This websites includes information for patterns as well as rentals.

    Some local shops may also be contacted in regards to making patterns for you. Please call and inquire - usually you must provide a pattern as well as material. I have been told that Threads (34th & Indiana) has offered this service in the past.
  3. English country dancing will be taught at the event!!! If you are considering participating in the dance, strongly consider wearing comfortable shoes. Talkington Hall has beautiful wood flooring that will be excellent for this purpose and the dancing is stately and genteel. :)

Thank you for your support and interest!! The Vernacular Music Center would not be so successful in its endeavors without your generosity and attendance. Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns. We hope to see you there!!!!

VMC administrative coordinator Abi Rhoades:

Media contact:
Dr Christopher J Smith (; 806-742-2270 x249)

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