The S.R.H.B.D.

For those of you have have wanted to know more about our dancing – hope this answers some questions!

The dancing all started when several homeschooling families in our Church were doing a unit study on the civil war about 5 years. They decided to put on an authentic ball as part of the study. So the young people set about researching and learning dances, and the girls began sewing ball gowns as well as outfits for their brothers. Actually, whole families were involved, and the much anticipated evening was a wonderful time of fellowship and fun.

In conservative circles, the fun – and exercise – in a traditional squared dance has often been judged as too worldly. We learned that dancing was not just a sensual experience that happened in bars, but COULD be a healthy, fun social activity for the whole family. That realization inspired us to start “The Society for the Restoration of Historic Ballroom Dancing”, and we spread the word that we would be willing to come and teach dancing to other homeschool groups, as well as call dancing for various celebrations, such as graduations and weddings. We emphasized proper etiquette and discreet hand-holds, making our dances not romantic events, but rather just a good time for everyone.

Since then, through hosting a few balls or square dances a year, the word has spread, and we have traveled all around our state to call a wedding reception, prom-alternative dance, a father-daughter dance, etc. When we go to teach a large group we usually take a few of our siblings along to help teach, but Jeremy is usually the caller, and has worked on learning more dances each year to add to our repertoire.

The Society has a fun (though outdated :)) website where you can read more about our mission statement and see pictures from several balls.

Below, our original society members at the NY State Homeschool convention, where we did a live presentation of our dances and shared our vision.

left to right: Elise, Nevin, Trina, Jeremy, Alyssa, Nico, Anja, Micah, Olivia, Jeff, Joanna, and Nathanael.

5 responses to “The S.R.H.B.D.”

  1. Trina Avatar
    Trina

    yup, that was part of the learning experience – all of us grew in our sewing abilities as we designed and custom-fit our gowns.

  2. rahraht Avatar
    rahraht

    I LOVE the dresses – especially Anja's ๐Ÿ˜‰ Let me guess – you made them yourselves.

  3. Natalie_S Avatar
    Natalie_S

    I'd love to learn some of those dances too. Allen and I are primarily lindy hoppers, but I'm always willing to branch out.

  4. Rebecca Avatar
    Rebecca

    I wish I could dance too!

  5. Natalie Roth Avatar
    Natalie Roth

    Wow, that looks like fun! When I watch the Jane Austen movies I always wish I knew how to dance! ๐Ÿ™

    I love the color of the dress you're wearing in that picture!

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