Mary Baldwin’s Historical Ball Incorporates Old and New

March 16, 2006

A real honest-to-goodness historical ball, The Emerald Isle Ball, hosted by the Mary Baldwin University Performing Dance Group and Staunton English Country Dancers will be held at 7 p.m. March 25 in the Physical Activity Center Dance Studio at Mary Baldwin University.

Musicians Steve Hickman on violin, Lynn Mackey on piano, and Marty Taylor on wood-winds will provide live music as participants dressed in Colonial or formal attire dance English Country dances that have Irish connections dating from the 16th to the present century. Two newly choreographed dances created by Dan McCauley: “Mr. Weyer’s Cave” and “Betsy Bell and Mary Grey” will be premiered.

Another dance, “Bonnie Cuckoo,” which has gained world wide notoriety, will be featured during this fourth annual Colonial ball at Mary Baldwin and was written by the Staunton English Country group’s dance instructor, Gail Ticknor.

Participants should plan to attend free workshops to learn the dances. The workshops will be held every Monday and Wednesday evening beginning March 6 from 7-8:30 p.m. at the Mary Baldwin Physical Activity Center Dance Studio.

Tickets are $40 for couples, $25 for adults, $15 for students, and children 6 and under get in for free. Advance tickets must be purchased by March 17. For more information, call (540) 887-7162 or e-mail