The Jane Austen ball was a Christmas themed event dedicated to Jane Austen, the famous author from the 19
th Century. Her novels are revered in academia. They include Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma.
“I believe it was started by one of the English Faculty,” said Danielle Gorman, manager. “I believe her name was Zan Camock. She doesn’t work here anymore; she went to Ireland actually to get her masters or her PHD. I can’t remember, but anyway she was the one who kinda came with this idea she really liked…you know Jane Austen and she thought lets do a Christmas themed ball.”
The Jane Austen Ball has been going for over five years. The dances performed at the ball were English country dances.
“You know in all of her books and in all the movies, dancing is a very, very important part of sort of the courtship rituals of the late 18
th century—early 19 th century, and certainly we have a lot of people at BYU Idaho who are interested in courtship,” said Dan Pearce, an English professor on campus.
Students danced their cares away tonight at the Jane Austen Ball held here in the MC ballroom. Everyone put there best foot forward and came dressed to reflect the Jane Austen era.
Students were taught the dances at the beginning of the ball, even though there were rehearsals taught throughout the semester. The people in charge wanted to make sure all the students knew the dances for the ball to go well.