Costumers, Arts, Reenactors & Historic Dance

Vintage, Steampunk and Social Dance

  • Art Deco Society: Dedicated to the preservation of Deco-era architecture, music, dance, and ephemera, with vintage car shows, vintage fashion information, swing dance lessons and events, and a comprehensive calendar of activities
  • The Bay Area Country Dance Society hosts English Country Dancing events which are very popular around the Bay Area and in the Palo Alto area. 
  • The Bay Area English Regency Society revives the music, dance and history of the Edwardian era in the UK and Europe. 
  • Bollywood Dance: India Community Center (Milpitas) 
  • Friday Night Waltz: Lessons and Vintage Balls in Palo Alto and the Bay Area, lessons preceding balls, some with noted Stanford Dance Maestro Richard Powers. 
  • Gaskell Balls: Heritage location at the Scottish Rite Center in Oakland, with formal attire, vintage dance instruction preceding the balls, and information on costumes and period etiquette. 

    Resources: Dance Ephemera, Descriptions and Etiquette:

    Library of Congress: 

    Stanford Dance:

    University of Texas at Dallas:

    Historic and Contemporary Dance Apparel and Costumes*:

    *Links to purveyors are for informational purposes only.