Saturday, Feb. 16 – Shall We Dance: A Sense and Sensibility Dance Party
Lowndes Shakespeare Center
812 E. Rollins St.
“The pleasantness of an employment does not always evince its propriety,” says the very sensible Elinor in Chapter 13 of Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. Of dancing, though, even Elinor cannot disapprove; in the 17th century, when most of Austen’s novels were set, dances were almost the only opportunity for young people to mingle. To celebrate the opening of their staging of Sense and Sensibility, Orlando Shakes is throwing a pleasant dance party of their own, and they’ve asked choreographer W. Robert Sherry, director of dance at Rollins College and a gifted teacher, to show you the moves. If you’ve always loved those dance scenes in period films – the graceful gliding, the clasped palms, the couples tracing figures down the line – now is your chance to live it, but you should know that dances of the Regency period were nowhere near as sedate as they are generally pictured in films. (Think more bouncy jig and Scotch reel, less stately promenade.) And yes, the Country Dance line may prefigure the Soul Train line, but try to rein in that funky chicken of yours. Remember: propriety. – Jessica Bryce Young