Victorian Ball is typically held in late January or early February and is open to all University of Mary Washington students. The ball, which is held in Woodard Campus Center's Great Hall, is a formal affair with decorations, catered hors d'oeuvres, and a live band. A professional dance caller is also hired to teach and call the period dances used at the Ball. Period costume is strongly encouraged but not necessary. Victorian Ball is a event unlike any other on campus, at which even the skeptics have a good time.