Dance brings back moves of Victorian era

Wearing a reproduction of a striped day dress from the year 1867, Laura Beraha channeled a lady from the Victorian era during a calico ball put on by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society.

“What I like about the time period is people dressed prettily and they knew how to behave; they had nice manners,” the 68-year-old West Hills resident said. “Everybody’s so polite . . . people dress to the teeth in period clothing and they are all very, very nice.” Read the rest of the story here. Photos by Michael Coons/Acorn Newspapers

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers LEARNING NEW STEPS - Dance instructor Tom Willson, right, helps Nya Cain, 11, of Chatsworth learn to dance during a Victorian dance hosted by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society on July 15 at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

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LEARNING NEW STEPS – Dance instructor Tom Willson, right, helps Nya Cain, 11, of Chatsworth learn to dance during a Victorian dance hosted by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society on July 15 at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers LEARNING TO DANCE - Britta Lindgren, left, Anthony Henderson, 14, and Emma Powell, 15, participate in a Victorian dance hosted by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society on July 15 at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

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LEARNING TO DANCE – Britta Lindgren, left, Anthony Henderson, 14, and Emma Powell, 15, participate in a Victorian dance hosted by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society on July 15 at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers ALL AGES - Malaysia Henderson, 15, left, and Jude Powell, 13, dance together during a Victorian dance hosted by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society on July 15 at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

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ALL AGES – Malaysia Henderson, 15, left, and Jude Powell, 13, dance together during a Victorian dance hosted by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society on July 15 at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers DEMO - Dancers demonstrate a new dance to the crowd during a Victorian dance hosted by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society on July 15 at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

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DEMO – Dancers demonstrate a new dance to the crowd during a Victorian dance hosted by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society on July 15 at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers DANCE - Kathryn Steffen, left, of Simi Valley and Israel Klain of West Hills dance together during a Victorian dance hosted by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society on July 15 at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

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DANCE – Kathryn Steffen, left, of Simi Valley and Israel Klain of West Hills dance together during a Victorian dance hosted by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society on July 15 at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

MICHAEL COONS/Acorn Newspapers WATCHING OVER - Dance instructor Terri Willson watches as dancers practice a new dance during a Victorian dance hosted by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society on July 15 at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

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WATCHING OVER – Dance instructor Terri Willson watches as dancers practice a new dance during a Victorian dance hosted by the Simi Valley Vintage Dance Society on July 15 at the Simi Valley Senior Center.

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