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Our annual Viennese Nights Ball

Dancing Through Time

Historic Ballroom Dancing

SDVDS is a 501c nonprofit organization dedicated to the study and preservation of the historic social dances 1800-1970. We are available for special dance performances, and have appeared at the San Diego Symphony, the Lyceum Theater, the SD Theater Organ Society, and the National Museum of Scotland at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  Our group also sponsors vintage dance events complete with live authentic music, encouraging historic style attire and behavior by attendees. For over 15 years we have hosted  a Viennese Nights Victorian Ball  here in San Diego. 

We also  periodically host weekend and week long dance festivals, which include dance lessons  as well as themed dances.  Some of our weekend events have included a Titanic 100 Year Commemoration in 2012 and A Victorian Dance Weekend at the Glen Tavern Inn in Santa Paula in 2013.

We have also hosted 9 historic dance weeks all over the country , including San Diego, Mackinac Island, and Ashville, NC.  This last September we hosted a week in Chattanooga , TN.  

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Coming Up Next

Viennese Nights: A Victorian Ball February 1, 2020

On February 1, 2020, we will again experience the enchantment of a traditional Waltz Ball, celebration the music and dances of the 19th  and early 20th Centuries.       San Diego's own Grand Pacific Waltz Orchestra , under the direction of Mr. Joe Dyke, will provide LIVE authentic music for waltzes, polkas, Quadrilles, schottishches and more! The fabulous Ms. Joan Walton of San Jose is our favorite dance mistress for the evening.  Ms Walton, an authority of historic vintage dances, will also teach a basic class in "survival Waltz," as well as the specialty dances of the evening, in the afternoon  prior to the ball.   The lesson will be $20 at the door and will take place noon-2pm.   The Ball and the afternoon class will both take place in our favorite grand ballroom, the Balboa Park Club, a 12,000 sf 1915 ballroom in famous Balboa Park,  here in San Diego.      

 We always encourage vintage style formal wear of the 19th or early 20th Centuries, but this is not required.  However, this is always a formal event.  No jeans, tennis shoes, sandals, miniskirts, tees, etc Allowed.  Ladies please wear long dresses, and men please wear jackets.       

Tickets  are $35 per person prepaid. Tables of 8 are $240 prepaid before January 26.  Tickets at the door are $45.  Discount at the door for students/active military with proper ID.

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