Fans of period dance can experience a bit of the past by participating in a Fezziwig Christmas Balle hosted by the Hope College Department of Dance on Friday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

No experience is necessary in order to step into the shoes of a Fezziwig from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Basic dance instruction, live music and light refreshments will be provided. Costumes of historical attire are encouraged but not required.

The event will feature caller Glen Morningstar with live music from the Blue Star Ramblers.

Fezziwig was the jovial and kind-hearted employer of young Ebenezer Scrooge in “A Christmas Carol.”  In the Victorian-era novella, the Ghost of Christmas Past brings Scrooge to a Christmas party hosted by Fezziwig that stands in stark contrast to Scrooge’s embittered and parsimonious approach to life and as an employer.

The Balle is hosted by the Dance Department’s Historical Social Dance class and supported by the Dorothy Wiley DeLong Endowment for Dance and Hope College.

The Maas Center is located at 264 Columbia Ave., on Columbia Avenue at 11th Street.