Lexington Vintage Dance, with headquarters in Lexington, KY, is dedicated to researching,
teaching, performing, and promoting the ballroom and social dance forms of the 19th
and early 20th centuries.
Experience these beautiful and dynamic couple dances for yourself through the activities
of LVD. We encourage you to see a performance by the Lexington Vintage Dancers,
take a class, or come to a ball.
LVD is a non-profit educational organization and a member of LexArts (the Lexington
Arts and Cultural Council, www.lexarts.org).
Contributions are tax-deductible.
"Your group is keeping alive a piece of our unique American history which affected
---Phillip M. Seyfrit, Program Chairman, Madison County Civil War Roundtable, Richmond,
Joining the Troupe
The Lexington Vintage Dancers are always looking for new members. If you think you
might like to join, please attend one of our dance classes and let the teacher know
that you are interested in joining the troupe. The teacher can assess if you are
ready for the level of dancing expected of troupe members or advise you to take
more dance classes first. Potential members are also invited to attend a few troupe
rehearsals as observers in order to meet the troupe members and see if they can
work well in the rehearsal environment.
New troupe members must be approved by the troupe membership committee. We look
for people with some dance background (not necessarily in vintage dance) and a friendly
disposition who are willing to be team players. Learning our choreographies and
dance styles and acquiring period attire takes time, so potential troupe members
should be committed to staying in the Lexington area for several years. You need
not join with a partner, but since we must maintain approximate gender balance in
the troupe, we cannot always accept a single woman (or single man). Troupe members
pay no fees and receive no compensation (other than travel reimbursements and free
admission to some events).
The look of authentic period dress is an important part of our presentations. Dancers
own their costumes, which are usually reproductions of period attire and must meet
strict troupe standards. Dancers pay for their own costumes---a ball gown
can cost hundreds of dollars---but grants are often available to help troupe
members with part of the expense.
Troupe members are enthusiastic about vintage dance, are eager to improve their
dance skills, and have a desire to perform. Other avenues are open to those who
are interested mainly in social dance and recreation.