This past weekend, thee was a ball at Crown Tournament.
There was also a ball at the 12th Night event in Ayerton (the Chicagoland barony in the Middle Kingdom). I was running the musicians there, and the fellow in charge of the ball did something I thought was novel and clever, and it turned out well.
He had short sets: 5 dances each. But the sets were themed: English Country, 16th Century Italian, Basse Dances and Bransles, etc.
This way, people who liked certain types of dances were able to attend the parts of the ball they liked, and waner off to a bardic circle for a half hour when they knew the ball was coming up with a set they didn't much care for. And there's an obvious advantage to teaching several, say, English Country dances in a row.
I'm not suggesting that every ball do this. But I offer it as something to think of, the next time you're planning a ball.
So, how did the dancing at Crown go?
music guy, Shadowdale