Victory Ball FAQs

Thank you so much for your interest in the attending the Victory Ball!   If your question wasn't answered below, please don't hesitate to e-mail us at and get an answer directly.

Do I have to be a member of the Regency Society of Virginia in order to attend?

No.  The ball is open to both members and non-members.  (However, members do get a discount on their ball tickets.  Plus, your membership would be good for a year and allow you discounts at other RSV events--and preferred vendors!--throughout the year!  To find out more about becoming an RSV member or to join immediately, visit our Join Us page.)

I'm a member of the Regency Society of Virginia and when I try to buy my ticket, the discounted ticket price is not an option.  How do I get my discount?

The membership discount will only become available if you are an active member and logged in so check to make certain that you have logged in.  (Click on "log in" in the upper left corner of the web page.  If you're logged in, your name should appear in the upper left corner instead of the log in button.)  If you are still having issues, e-mail us at so that we can help you resolve them.

What dances will you be doing?

We develop a new program for each Victory Ball although there are generally some RSV favorites that remain consistent from year to year.  The list of dances as well as a printable list of instructions will be available soon after the current year's dance list is announced.  These are posted on the Victory Ball main page.

I don't have any/much experience doing Regency dances.  Will I be able to participate?

Yes!  We understand that we will have people with a wide range of experience levels at our event and our object is to make certain that those who wish to dance will have many opportunities regardless of how long they've been dancing.  If you have never done English Country Dancing before, we do recommend that you look for a local ECD group in your area prior to the event so that you can become more comfortable with the figures.  (There are links to several Virginia groups on our Links/Resources page.)  We also hold a "crash course" practice session on the day of the ball to allow you to familiarize yourself with some of the dances that will be done that evening.  This practice session is included in the cost of your ball ticket, so there is no additional charge to attend.  Check the main Victory Ball page for more information on this year's time and location for the practice session.  And don't worry about memorizing the dances!  Our excellent dancing master will be on hand to call each of the figures out so that you will know what step comes next.

Is period clothing required?

No.  While we certainly encourage folks to get into the spirit and wear early 19th century attire, we do not require it.  If you prefer to wear modern clothing, we simply ask that you respect the formality of the occasion and wear appropriate evening wear.  (Dresses for the ladies, suits and ties for the gentlemen.)

Where can I get the clothes if I choose to wear period attire?

Be sure to look at our Links/Resources page for sources for appropriate patterns, fabrics, or ready- and custom-made garments.  Members can post requests to borrow garments in the Member Chatter section of the website (you must be logged in to access the forum).  Non-members can do the same in the Victory Ball event listing on our Facebook page.

Are children welcome?

We have been delighted to have children of a wide range of ages attend this event in the past.   All attendees, regardless of age, are required to purchase a ticket.  The children who get the most out of the experience are those who know left from right, are able to follow instructions, and are able to behave appropriately in public.   We simply ask that parents use discretion in determining whether or not their children are mature enough to participate.

I don't plan to dance.  Is there a discount for just watching?

As we have no way to enforce who dances and who does not, we are unable to offer a discounted ticket for any reason.

We're coming in from out of town. Do you have any lodging available?

We generally reserve a block of rooms at a nearby hotel for those who don't live a comfortable distance from the venue.  Information on the room block will be posted closer to the event date.

Is there any way that I can share information about the Ball with others?

The more, the merrier, so please do let those you believe would enjoy the evening know about the event!   For those who attend organizations that meet on a regular basis, such as English Country Dance and JASNA groups, we typically create a printable flyer closer to the ball date.  For those who just want to get the word out through social media or other digital means, please be sure to share the URL to the Victory Ball main page ( and our event listing on our Facebook page.


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