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Past Performances

 

A long, long time ago...
I can still remember
how that music used to make me smile
and I knew if I had my chance
that I could make those people dance
and, maybe, they’d be happy for a while.

 

The Victorian Dance Ensemble, performing troupe of the The Civil War Dance Foundation,

demonstrated dancing at the Smithsonian Institution's American Art Museum and

National Portrait Gallery, located in the old U.S. Patent Office,

site of Abraham Lincoln's Second Inaugural Ball in 1865.

 

The Victorian Dance Ensemble has conducted numerous Balls and Demonstrations for a variety of sponsors and events. Additionally, the Ensemble has also presented fashion shows, provided Victorian displays, and supplied knowledgeable “meeters and greeters” to mingle with guests at social functions. Many of these events have become annual affairs for us and others are one-time presentations at special events. Our multiple appearances, ranging from two to fifteen years, are marked with an asterisk.

 

 

CIVIL WAR SESQUICENTENNIAL EVENTS


First Battle of Manassas Blue & Gray Ball, Manassas, Va.
Alexandria Civil War 150th Commemoration Dance Demonstrations, Alexandria, Va.
Jackson's Train Raid Ball, Middletown, Va.
Lincoln at the Crossroads Ball, Alexandria, Va.

Second Battle of Manassas Reenactor Ball at Cedar Creek Battlefield, Middletown, Va.
Second Battle of Manassas Blue & Gray Ball, Manassas, Va.
Battle of Antietam Pry House Soldiers' Fair Dance Demonstrations, Sharpsburg, Md.
Second Battle of Winchester Remembrance Ball, Winchester, Va.
Gettysburg Campaign - Wrightsville-Columbia Bridge Burning Commemoration Ball, Columbia, Pa.

Gettysburg Campaign - Cumberland County Historical Society 1863 Civil War Gala, Carlisle, Pa.
Gettysburg National Military Park Sesquicentennial Music Muster, Gettysburg, Pa.
City of Frederick 150th Commemoration Dance Demonstrations, Frederick, Md.
Third Battle of Winchester Remembrance Ball, Winchester, Va.
Cedar Creek VIP Opening Reception & Dance, Middletown, Md.
Cedar Creek Reenactment Ball, Middletown, Md.
Ford's Theatre Lincoln Commemoration, Washington, D.C.

 

 

DANCE DEMONSTRATIONS AND CLASSES


2009 Presidential Inaugural Ball, Washington, D.C.
Abraham Lincoln: Music and Dance of His Time, Gettysburg, Pa., and Frederick, Md.

Air Force Retirees Convention, Harrisburg, Pa.
Allen Middle School, Mechanicsburg, Pa.*
American Business Women Association Banquet, Harrisburg, Pa.

Arlington House-Robert E. Lee Memorial, Arlington, Va.*
Army Heritage and Education Center, Carlisle, Pa.*
Baltimore & Ohio Rail Road Museum, Baltimore, Md.
Baltimore County Historical Society, Baltimore, Md.*
Bethany U.M. Church, Marysville, Pa.
Blue Ridge Nursing Home, Harrisburg, Pa.

Boy Scout Program, Wrightsville, Pa.
Brunswick Railroad Museum, Brunswick, Md.

Camp Curtin Historical Society, Harrisburg, Pa.*
Camp Hill Women's Club, Camp Hill, Pa.
Carlisle First Night Celebration, Carlisle, Pa.*
City of Harrisburg “Brown Bag Lunch” Dance Demonstration, Harrisburg, Pa.



Civil War Preservation Trust Annual Conferences, Gettysburg, Pa. and Chantilly, Va.

See photos at http://www.bguthriephotos.com/graphlib.nsf/keys/2009_PA_CWPT_VDE_090604

Civil War Preservation Trust Teacher Institutes, Roanoke, Va., Richmond, Va.,

          Lexington, Ky., Blacksburg, Va., Chattanooga, Tn.
Clarksville High School, Clarksville, Md.
C&O Canal Great Falls Tavern, Potomac, Md.

College Club of York County, York, Pa.
Columbia Holiday House Tours, Columbia, Pa.*
Conestoga Historical Society, Conestoga, Pa.
Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

 

Cornwall Furnace PHMC Historic Site, Lebanon, Pa.
Country Meadows Retirement Home, Hershey, Pa.
Cross Keys Retirement Community Dance Demonstration, Cross Keys, Pa.

Dauphin County Historical Society, Harrisburg, Pa.
Daughters of the American Revolution, Royersford, Pa.
Dentists for Comprehensive Care Conference, Gettysburg, Pa.

Dill Tavern Historic Site, Dillsburg, Pa.
Eastern Star Convention Dance Demonstration, York, Pa.

Eckley Miners’ Village, PHMC Historic Site, Hazleton, Pa.*
Everhart Museum Civil War Day, Scranton, Pa.
First Defenders Day, York, Pa.
Fort Couch, Lemoyne, Pa.*
Fort Hunter Mansion, Garden Faire, Harrisburg, Pa.*
Fort Ward, Alexandria, Va.*

"For the People" Oratorio for the Lincoln Bicentennial, Gettysburg, Pa.*

Friendship Force, Harrisburg, Pa.
Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg, Gettysburg, Pa.*
Gettysburg Civil War Round Table, Gettysburg, Pa.*

Gettysburg College Civil War Club, Gettysburg, Pa.*

Gettysburg Foundation, Gettysburg, Pa.*

 

Gettysburg Foundation Museum Grand Opening, Gettysburg, Pa.
Gettysburg National Military Park, Music Muster, Gettysburg, Pa.*
Gettysburg Rotary Club, Gettysburg, Pa.
Girl Scout Programs, Camp Hill, Elizabethtown, Hanover, Hershey, Pa.
Hampton Mansion National Historic Site, Baltimore, Md.*
Harpers Ferry National Park, Harpers Ferry, W.Va.*
Harrisburg Area Community College, Harrisburg Pa.*
Harrisburg Civil War Exposition, Harrisburg, Pa.*

Harrisburg Holiday House Tours, Harrisburg, Pa.
Haverford Library, Havertown, Pa.
Hershey Civil War Round Table, Hershey, Pa.*
Hershey Public Library, Hershey, Pa.*
Historic Gettysburg-Adams County, Gettysburg, Pa.
Historic Yellow Springs, Yellow Springs, Pa.
History Meets the Arts, Gettysburg, Pa.*
Homewood Retirement Facility, Hanover, Pa.

Huntingdon Mayfest Street Fair, Huntingdon, Pa.*
Infinity Charter School, Harrisburg, Pa.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Anniversary Dinner, Lancaster, Pa.

International Association of Administrative Professionals Convention, Gettysburg, Pa.
International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival, Gettysburg, Pa.
Jewish Retirement Home, Harrisburg, Pa.



Ken Burns’ Civil War American Journey Tour, Washington, D.C.

Lancaster County Historical Society, Lancaster, Pa.
Landon House - Site of J.E.B. Stuart’s Sabers & Roses Ball, Frederick, Md.*
Lehigh Valley Heritage Museum, Allentown, Pa.
Lititz Public Library, Lititz, Pa.
Londonderry Lioness Conference, Middletown, Pa.
Lower Dauphin Middle School Civil War Day, Hummelstown, Pa.

Marietta Holiday House Tours, Marietta, Pa.*
Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore, Md.*
Maytown Historical Society, Maytown, Pa.
Merrill Lynch Dinner, Harrisburg, Pa.

Middletown Historical Society Fair, Middletown, Pa.
Monmouth County Library, Manalapan, N.J.

Museum of the Cape Fear, Fayetteville, N.C.
National Assn. of State Budget Officers Convention, Eisenhower Farm, Gettysburg, Pa.
 

National Civil War Museum, Harrisburg, Pa.*
National Conference of State Legislators, Harrisburg, Pa.

National Theatre, Washington, D.C.
New Castle Home and Garden Tours, New Castle, Del.
New Jersey National Guard Enlisted Assn., Gettysburg, Pa.
Oak Crest Retirement Community, Parkville, Md.*

Ocean City Theatre "A Christmas Carol" Performance, Ocean City, N.J.

Order of the Eastern Star, York, Pa.

Pamplin Historical Park, Petersburg, Va.
Patapsco Female Institute, Ellicott City, Md.*
Paxtang Historical Society, Harrisburg, Pa.

Peace Church, PHMC Historic Site, Mechanicsburg, Pa.
Pennsylvania Association of County Controller’s Convention, Harrisburg, Pa.
Pennsylvania Farm Show, Harrisburg, Pa.
Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency Conference, Gettysburg, Pa.

Pennsylvania State Museum, Harrisburg, Pa.*
Pennsylvania Tourism Coalition, Lancaster, Pa.

Pennypacker Mills Civil War Reunion, Schwenksville, Pa.*

 

Philadelphia Lincoln 200 Celebration on Independence Mall, Philadelphia, Pa.
President Street Station, Baltimore, Md.
Shrewsbury Flower Show, Shrewsbury, Pa.

Slifer House Museum, Lewisburg, Pa.*

Smithsonian Institution - American Art Museum-National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.*

See photos at http://www.bguthriephotos.com/graphlib.nsf/keys/2009_DC_VDE_090131
                   http://www.bguthriephotos.com/graphlib.nsf/keys/2009_DC_VDEAud_090131

Smithsonian Institution - Museum of American History, Washington, D.C.
Smithsonian Institution - Ed Bearss’ Civil War Tour, Frederick, Md.
Smithsonian Institution - "Journey Stories" Traveling Exhibit, Brunswick, Md.

Society for Women in the Civil War, Emmitsburg, Md.
Southampton School History Day, Bel Air, Md.*
Steppingstone Museum, Havre de Grace, Md.*
Susquehanna Civil War Round Table, Sunbury, Pa.

Susquehanna High School, Harrisburg, PA.
Susquehannock School, Glen Rock, Pa.
Tuesday Club, Harrisburg, Pa.

TNT Movie The Day Lincoln Was Shot, Richmond, Va.
Walters Art Museum Family Day Dance Demonstrations, Baltimore, Md.

Wheatland – President James Buchanan’s Home, Lancaster, Pa.*
Whitaker Center, with James Getty as Abraham Lincoln, Harrisburg, Pa.*
White Rose Civil War Round Table, York, Pa.
York Catholic High School Civil War Weekend, York, Pa.
York First Night Celebration, York, Pa.

York Heritage Trust, York, Pa.
York Hospital Fete. York, Pa.
Zembo Shrine, Harrisburg, Pa.
150th Anniversary of Pleasureville Church, York, Pa.
150th Anniversary of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Washington, D.C.
200th Anniversary of Conestoga, Conestoga, Pa.
250th Anniversary of York County Celebration, York, Pa.

375th Anniversary of the National Guard, Washington, D.C.

 

BALLS AND DANCES


Albright College Victorian Ball, Reading, Pa.*
Berlin Civil War Gala, Berlin, Pa.*

Bucktail Reunion Ball, New Bloomfield, Pa.
Capon Springs Civil War Ball, Capon Springs, W.Va.*

Cedar Creek Battlefield Foundation Benefit Ball, Middletown, Va.*

Cedar Creek Reenactment Ball, Middletown, Va.*
Christ Presbyterian Church, Civil War Dinner-Dance, Camp Hill, Pa.*

Christian School of York Homecoming Ball, York, Pa.
Christian Singles Adult Conference Dance, Carlisle, Pa.
Civil War Lady Military Ball, Gettysburg, Pa.*


Civil War Preservation Ball, Pennsylvania Capitol Rotunda, Harrisburg, Pa.*
Covenant Christian Academy Civil War Ball, Harrisburg, Pa.*

Dickinson College Civil War Dance, Carlisle, Pa.

Edinburg Ole Time Festival Civil War Ball, Edinburg, Va.*
Emmitsburg Civilian Bazaar Civil War Ball, Emmitsburg, Md.
George Washington Ball, Winchester, Va.*

Gettysburg Bed & Breakfast Assn., Civil War/Harvest/Dickens Balls, Gettysburg, Pa.*
Gettysburg Camp Ground Civil War Days Dance, Gettysburg, Pa.*

Gettysburg Foundation Dances, GNMP Museum & Visitor Center, Gettysburg, Pa.*
Gettysburg High School Victorian Valentine Dance, Gettysburg, Pa.
Harrisburg Area Community College Lincoln Exhibit Ball, Harrisburg, Pa.

Lewisburg Civil War Monument Rededication Ball, Lewisburg, Pa.

Lincoln at the Cross Roads Ball, Alexandria, Va.
March to Destiny Ball, Shippensburg, Pa.*
Mason-Dixon Ball, Shrewsbury, Pa.*
Mellinger Manor Civil War Ball, Conestoga, Pa.*
Middletown Library Civil War Ball, Middletown, Pa.

Mount Hope Winery New Year's Victorian Gala, Manheim. Pa.*
Muncy Civil War Ball, Muncy, Pa.
Museum of the Cape Fear Civil War Ball, Fayetteville, N.C.
New Castle Historical Society's Fezziwig Christmas Ball, New Castle De.

 

Northern New Jersey Home School Civil War Ball, Montclair, N.J.*

Old Neighborhoods League Victorian Ball, Carlisle, Pa.*
Pennsylvania State University Civil War Dance, Middletown, Pa.*
Perry County Regulators Cow Camp Dance, Ickesburg, Pa.*

Pulig Barn Dance, Gettysburg, Pa.*
Readshaw’s Raiders Preservation Balls and Dance Classes, Gettysburg, Pa.*

Redeemer Classical Christian School Victorian Ball, Kingsville, Md.*
Red Mill Village Civil War Ball, Clinton, N.J.*
St. Patrick’s School Civil War Ball, Harrisburg, Pa.
Settle Family Civil War Dance, Mechanicsburg, Pa.*

Shenandoah Moonlight Ball, Winchester, Va.*
Shippensburg University Fashion Archives Civil War Ball, Shippensburg, Pa.
Shippensburg Victorian-Civil War Era Ball, Shippensburg, Pa.*
Slifer House Benefit Ball, Lewisburg, Pa.
 

Sons of Union Veterans Remembrance Day National Civil War Ball, Gettysburg, Pa.*
Union League Abraham Lincoln Ball, Philadelphia, Pa.*

Victorian Christmas Candlelight Ball, Winchester, Va.*
Waverly Mansion Ball, Marriottsville, Md.

Williamsport Victorian Ball, Williamsport, Pa.
Willow Valley Civil War Ball, Lancaster. Pa.
York Christian School Civil War Dance, York, Pa.

100th Anniversary of Perry County Civil War Monument Ball, New Bloomfield, Pa.
135th Grand Review Ball, Harrisburg, Pa.
200th Anniversary of City of Williamsport Ball, Williamsport, Pa.
250th Anniversary of City of Frederick Celebration Ball, Frederick, Md.

 

COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA PROGRAMS

 


After assisting with the lighting of the Pennsylvania Christmas Tree

 in the Capitol Rotunda in 1999,

the Victorian Dance Ensemble joined Governor Ridge and family

for a private reception in his office.

 

Gov. Ridge & Family’s Christmas Tree Lighting in the Capitol Rotunda
Dedication of the Speaker Matthew Ryan Legislative Office Building
Designation of the State Capitol Building as a "Commonwealth Treasure"
Restarting of the Capitol Fountain
Dr. James McPherson Millennium Lecture in the House of Representatives Chamber
Gov. Edward Rendell’s Inaugural Ball

145th & 150th Anniversary U.S. Colored Troops Grand Review

Pennsylvania Civil War Trails Project
The Victorian Dance Ensemble has provided dance demonstrations and balls for various “Civil War Discovery Weekends” held in Carlisle, Harrisburg and York and presented special programs of instruction for living historians at conferences in Harrisburg, Scranton and Shippensburg.



Pennsylvania Civil War Road Show
The “Pennsylvania Civil War Road Show,” a travelling exhibit in a 55-foot expandable trailer (above) covering Pennsylvania’s Role in the Civil War that will visit all of the counties in the state during the Sesquicentennial. In 2011, the Victorian Dance Ensemble provides dance demonstrations and balls for stops in Adams, Chester, Lancaster and York Counties.  For more information, visit www.pacivilwar150.com.

 

EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

 

American History Teaching Project, Capital Area Intermediate Unit
The Victorian Dance Ensemble provided dance demonstrations and instruction for secondary teachers as part of this project, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, to improve the teaching of history.

Civil War Preservation Trust, Teachers’ Institute
The Victorian Dance Ensemble provided dance demonstrations and instruction for secondary teachers from across the country as part of several CWPT’s annual teachers’ institutes held in Blacksburg, Va., Roanoke, Va., Lexington, Ky., and Chattanooga, Tn. Additionally, over the years, individual members have presented programs on such topics as the Roles of Women in the Civil War, Railroads in the Civil War, Medal of Honor, Greatest Myths of the Civil War, and the Using of Artifacts and Reproductions in the Classroom.

Society for Women and the Civil War
The Victorian Dance Ensemble provided dance demonstrations and instruction for the Society’s annual conference.

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