The Last Gaskell Ball!

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The Gaskell Ball is the bay area's oldest and finest formal ball. If you want to experience vintage dancing to live music with elegant costumes in a beautiful 1920's ballroom, make sure to join us for the next Gaskell Ball.

This will be the last Gaskell ball, for now. After 35 years, the ball will be on hiatus, for the forseable future.

Do come and join us to celebrate 35 years of balls, and the friends we made at them.

Last Change

Our next ball is the Gaskell Christmas Ball.

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The Gaskell Christmas Ball is a chance to celebrate the season.

This ball brings the end to a tradition of balls at the Scottish Rite in Oakland. This will be the last ball for a while. We hope to continue the balls at some point in the future, but for now, this one is it, so come, join us, visit old friends, and celebrate the old year giving way to the new.

As for last 25 years, the ball will be held in the 1920s Main Ballroom of the Scottish Rite Center, with live music by The Brassworks Band, and the ballroom dancing of Victorian times.

Please dress to impress. Jeans and T-shirts will not be admitted.


At 3:30, an afternoon dance class. This is highly recommended if you are new to Victorian dancing, or would like to refresh your memory. The class runs until 6pm.

At 7:30, the doors re-open for the ball, and at 7:45, we have a half-hour evening dance class, with introduction to the Victorian Waltz, Galop, Mazurka and Schottishe.

At 8:30, the dancing begins to live music by The Brassworks Band. There are four sets of dancing, with three 20 minutes breaks, ending at midnight.


Admission to the ball is $20. The afternoon dance class is $10. The evening class is included with the admission to the ball

This is a formal ball. See the costuming page for more details.

Refreshments are potluck finger food with the Society providing both fruit punch and ice water.

More Information

If you need more information about The Gaskell Ball, please ask on our Facebook page. You can also email us at information at

Upcoming Dances

December 13th, 2014

All dates are Saturdays.
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