Armistice Ball to feature live jazz, dancing in Morristown, Nov. 12

Kick up your hells at the Armistice Ball on Nov. 5.
Kick up your heels at the Armistice Ball.
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From the Metropolitan Vintage Dance & Social Club:

The Metropolitan Vintage Dance & Social Club will hold its 14th Annual Armistice Ball on Saturday, Nov. 12, 2022,  from 8 to 11 p.m. in the historic Great Hall at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, 121 South St., Morristown, NJ.

The Metropolitan Club Orchestra will provide hot dance tunes of the early 20th century.  A workshop in dances of the era will be held at the church hall from 2 pm to 4 pm that day.  Ball tickets are $40 per person in advance/$45 at the door ($20 advance/$25 at door with student ID).  A link to tickets and more information can be found here.

Dan Levinson solos at the 2022 Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival. Photo by Kevin Coughlin

The orchestra, under the direction of Dan Levinson, consists of renowned jazz musicians from across the country who specialize in the classic sounds of early jazz from the Ragtime and ‘20s eras.

This year’s lineup includes Levinson on reeds, Danny Tobias on trumpet, Jim Fryer on trombone, Dalton Ridenhour on piano, Rob Adkins on string bass, Mike Kuehn on banjo, and Sue Fischer on drums.

At the Saturday afternoon workshop, novices can master the basics of period dances including the one-step, foxtrot, tango, blues, and waltz.  It will be led by instructors Jan and Al Seabra.  The workshop is included in the ticket price.

A ceremony at intermission will honor veterans and active military personnel in attendance.  Light refreshments will be served. Attire of the 19-teens or ‘20s, military uniforms, or modern formal or semi-formal dress is requested.

An Edwardian/Twenties tea brunch on Sunday, Nov. 13, will extend the weekend’s festivities.  The tea will be held at 11:30 a.m. at historic Willow Hall, 330 Speedwell Ave., Morristown.  Tickets are $30 and can be purchased here.

Profits benefit the Thursday Morning Club of Madison.  It’s a women’s club dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service.  Both a social and public-spirited organization, TMC works with many local organizations for the benefit of Madison and surrounding communities, and owns and operates the Madison Community House.

The Metropolitan Vintage Dance & Social Club is a private organization dedicated to keeping alive the social customs, dances, and other pastimes of the 19th and early 20th centuries.  Members dance and do living history demonstrations in the styles of the 1820s through 1940s at events throughout the mid-Atlantic region.  Its members are primarily from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York.

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