The Hope College Department of Dance will host a Jane Austen Regency Balle on Friday, Sept. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Maas Center auditorium.

The campus community is invited. Admission is free.

No experience is necessary in order to step into the shoes of a Jane Austen balle guest and enjoy history through a personal, physical experience. Basic dance instructions will be given for the 19th century English country dances such as the quadrille, and live music and light refreshments will be provided. Costumes of historical attire are encouraged but not required.

The balle will feature guest caller Glen Morningstar, with live music from Susan Lazar (flute), Susie Lorand (violin and viola) and Judie Morningstar (piano).

The event is hosted by the Department of Dance’s Historical Social Dance class and supported by the Dorothy Wiley DeLong Endowment for Dance and Hope College. Faculty member Linda Graham says, “As an academic community committed to experiential learning and open to learn through different forms and formats, nurturing empathy and cultivating cultural understanding, what better way to do so than in fully immersing oneself in the historical experience?”

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