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“Dancing into Dreamland” raises funds for education, ballroom restoration
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“Dancing into Dreamland” raises funds for education, ballroom restoration

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Dreamland Ballroom) - Guests at the 4rd Annual “Dancing Into Dreamland: Dance Contest and Benefit” on November 15, 2013 will experience a magical night on the third floor of the Taborian Hall building at 9th and State Street.  The gala was held in the Dreamland Ballroom for the first time last year, after two years at the Governor’s Mansion.

“Dancing into Dreamland” will feature nine dance teams from a variety of genres competing for a $250 cash prize, as well as an exhibition dance from last year’s winner.  Guests will participate through text voting for their favorite teams to decide the People’s Choice Award, while the 1st Place and cash prize winner will be chosen by a panel of judges. 

The event will also offer dinner, a cash donation bar, live music, open dancing, and a silent auction.  AETN will film the event for a documentary on the Dreamland Ballroom.  Berna Love, author of the recently published “Temple of Dreams: Taborian Hall and its Dreamland Ballroom,” will be on hand to sign books and discuss the history of the space.

Proceeds from the event will primarily support the education programs of Friends of the Dreamland Ballroom, a non-profit organization that was formed “to celebrate the legacy of the Dreamland Ballroom and the Taborian Hall and bring its history, culture, and community to the people of Arkansas through artistic performance, music education, cultural outreach, and preservation.”  Funds will also support ongoing renovations of the Dreamland Ballroom, including a building addition for an elevator that will make the historic event space accessible to all.

The Taborian Hall, which houses the Dreamland Ballroom, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and is the last building remaining on 9th Street from Little Rock’s “Little Harlem,” the now-vanished center of the city’s black community.  Over the decades, the Ballroom hosted performers such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, B. B. King, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Ray Charles.  

General admission to Dancing into Dreamland costs $65.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.dreamlandballroom.org or by calling 501-255-5700.

(Source: Dreamland Ballroom)

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