Saturday, November 3, 2012
Alameda Elks Lodge
2255 Santa Clara Ave, Alameda
Dancing on Two Floors
Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Vintage Dance Lesson: 7:00 pm
Formal vintage ballroom dancing: 7:45 - midnight
Nightfall Club: 6:30 - midnight
tips, you may want to visit the PEERS photograph gallery for
2011 Le Bal des Vampires.
This year there will once again be simultaneous
dancing on two separate floors:
Our band in the elegant upstairs ballroom is the
stylish but always dashing chamber ensemble Bangers
& Mash. As usual, haunting
waltzes dominate the program, but the evening will feature a
variety of dance music from across the centuries – from 18th
century Baroque contredanses to 19th century Victorian
rotary and Viennese waltzes, polkas, and mazurkas; to elegant
early 20th century tangos, blues, and fox trots and
even some classic rock and roll Swing. Please
note that the band’s first dance set will start at 7:45 pm sharp –
15 minutes earlier than usual. The
dance sets will be unusually long, even by Bangers & Mash’s
high standards, so if you do plan to dance, please be certain to
wear shoes or boots you can actually dance in.
For those preferring a more modern
style of dance music and free-style dancing as well as partner
dancing, join us at the Nightfall Club for a
wonderfully varied repertoire of dark music to stir the blood and
spirit from 6:30 p.m. to Midnight. Hosted by our principal
DJ Dark Moon and guest DJ Persephone, Nightfall also features a
no-host (cash) bar. This year the Nightfall Club will have its own
building - the vintage 1922 Elks' gymnasium, located about 40
yards from the Lodge Mansion itself. Ball guests may wander to and
fro between buildings as they please.
Our half-time show in the ballroom is a
performance by the celebrated Theater of the Vampires. Not
recommended for the faint of heart or for those who take the genre
You may also enjoy quiet conversation, Tarot readings, and photography opportunities in the Victorian Parlor.We strongly suggest that our guests plan to dine before the ball. There is an impressive variety of affordable restaurants on nearby Park Street within easy walking distance from the hall. Two fun restaurants located just a block and a half from the hall are Angela's Bistro and Bar at 2301 Central Avenue (reservations recommended) and the much less formal Burgomeister's at 2319 Central Avenue. For dining and drinks after the ball our guests may want to drop in at La Penca Azul at 1440 Park Street - an easy walk from the ball (open until 3:00am).
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