Browsing through these files is always a serendipitous experience. You never know what you will find. In this entry, we will present a small snapshot of the sort of articles one might find using the Ballroom Dancing file.
Ballroom dance is an activity that takes place away from the glare of the public spotlight and involves amateurs and enthusiasts of all backgrounds. Skimming through this folder of at least 100 clippings one can see ballroom dancing as a continuous current flowing through our city's cultural life.
"Allure of Swinging Attracts Fans of All Ages to Amura Ballroom Dance Studio" by Shiela Husting appeared in the Sunset Beacon in July 2007. This article lists six dance studios in the Sunset District. Unfortunately, the Amura Ballroom Dance Studio has since shut down, despite rave reviews online.
"Ballroom Dancing Remains on the Hill," by Christina Li appeared in The Potrero View of June 2008. It discusses Cheryl Burke Dance taking over the space at 17th and DeHaro that was occupied for 17 years by the Metronome Ballroom. Both of these studios represent the past of 1830 17th Street which is scheduled to be torn down so the Smuin Ballet can build a studio there.
"It Don't Mean a Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing!," by Karen Ahn appeared in San Francisco Downtown in July 1998. This article discusses a swing dance revival at spaces like Bimbo's, Cafe du Nord and The Inferno Lounge.
"Tea Dancing" by Joan Hockaday appeared in the San Francisco Progress on December 2, 1979. It describes a Friday night tea dancing event held at the Hyatt Regency at the Embarcadero.
"Strictly Ballroom, Dancing Classes for Kids," by Angela Neal Richardson appeared in the Nob Hill Gazette of October 1993. This article discusses The Mid-Weeklies, a series of dance classes for 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Dance is also taught to these children as a form of social etiquette.
"Strictly Ballroom... and Tango, Swing, Cha Cha..." by Kevin Davis appeared in The Guardsman, the student newspaper of the City College of San Francisco. This article discusses the school's ballroom dance classes. It includes this fascinating information: "The 2,200-strong dance community at City College is really a cult-like entity unto itself, extending out to a wide, underground movement."
Our newspaper clipping files provide a small window into this "underground" world. It shows that there is a devoted subculture of San Franciscans who sustain this art form. The popularity of different dance forms may wax and wane, dance venues may come and go, but the continuous enthusiasm and activity of these dancers remains documented in our files.
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