Most certainly not. This is a social dancing venue where you can dance with a myriad of different people. All you have to do is ask for a dance. This works for both leads as well as follows!
Most shoes work well for dancing, however there are a few considerations. At the Avalon Ballroom, as well as most ballrooms the major requirement is the shoes must be non-marking. If you are looking into dancing more seriously, you should consider purchasing a pair of ballroom shoes. These shoes have more support than most shoes, are less weight, and have suede soles (which provide a great balance between slip and grip)! Always consider your safety when choosing which pair of shoes to wear. While an 11" set of heals might make you look great, and hiking boots have soles that can stick to mossy rocks covered in ice, neither are going to lead to you having the most fun that you can have!
Lessons certainly can help you get out on the floor from the second you step on, lessons are certainly not required (there is no test, we promise). You can pick up dances surprisingly quickly by simply asking someone to dance, and they will do their best to help you out along the way. (As a bonus hint to the people who have "two left feet", ballroom dancing is simply fancy walking. If you can do left foot, right foot, down a sidewalk, you can manage to dance!)
Dance cards are only used for the spring ball...The Wild Asparagus Ball. They are optional for dancers to use if they choose to. Both female and male dancers have their own dance cards to sign up partners for the 1st and 3rd sets ONLY. The 2nd set is open.
It is good to show up a bit early to get partners set up on your dance card. Find someone you want to dance with, agree on a particular song to dance to and then write you names on your card with the provided pencils. You may want to agree upon a place to meet in the dance floor for your dance together, for example in front of the stage or by the front water station.
Have fun and find new partners!
No! Go through purchasing process to the cart and fill in necessary information. Once you click the yellow Pay Now bubble, you will be redirected to the PayPal site for secure checkout. Once there, choose the grey box option below the login form to pay with your credit or debit card.
No. Your tickets will be emailed to you, and you may print them, or bring them to us on your smartphone.
This is most certainly a family friendly event! It is nice when younger dancers come with parents/aunts/uncles so they know they can have a dance with someone they know.
There is no alcohol served at the event.
The dancing is indeed "formal dance" by most standards. That being said, everyone is very welcoming of younger people joining in dance, so there is no fear of them being left out (personally I have seen all ages and age differences dance together). There is a good crowd of high school and college age kids that attend these balls as well (in fact one of the performance is by the Colorado School of Mines Waltz Team).
Dress is anywhere from semi-formal (think nice pants and button down shirt) to formal (tail coats and tuxes).
For the ladies: long, danceable gowns are the norm although you might see some tea-length gowns.
For the lads: tuxes and suits are the norm although dress shirts and slacks are common.
Leave the costumes at home--save them for the Wild Goose fall ball.
Wear sensible shoes--no tux shoes or spiky heals.
The music for this event is performed by a full orchestra. Song selections include everything from Strauss waltzes to tangos, and even a few polkas and swings thrown into the mix!
There is definitely a really good chance of Phantom of the Opera being reused as a theme in the near future. However, for the Wild Goose Masquerade Ball in the fall of 2017 will be tentatively themed Beauty and the Beast.
The official date for the Wild Asparagus Ball 2017 is 13 May 2017.
Steps to checkout:
If you happen to forget your ticket, and you have a smartphone, you can simply open it on there for us to scan. However, if you do not have a phone to use (or you are bumping against your data limit) we can manually look up your purchase when you arrive.