Iowa Ballroom Project
Present and Past
Ballrooms • Past Ballrooms
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created Feb 27, 2003
|updated Mar 30, 2010
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working on my iowadance.com web site I have learned of the
existence of many ballrooms (present and past) in the State of Iowa.
Along the way I have been jotting down notes and it has finally gotten
to the point that it all needed to be organized. Most of this
information is readily available on the web, but it is scattered about.
I am hoping that this web site might inspire you folks to help me
gather information on these great old ballrooms before it is lost
If you have any information on any ballrooms, listed here or not, and
if you would like to share, please send me an e-mail.
Let me know if
you want me to use your name as a contributor. I will give credit where
it is due!
Some Classification of Ballrooms and Dance Halls
Webster simply defines ballroom as 'a large room used for dances.'
(Some purists define ballroom as having a floating dance floor.) So
obviously, going by Webster's definition, I have a lot of leeway on
Maybe I should call this the 'Iowa Dance Hall Project' as I believe
that, for example, the Opera House in Tripoli had as much impact on the
surrounding community as the Val Air had in Des Moines.
So where am I going? Well, I am not sure. Right now I guess I want to
look at this as a historical project. As time goes by, I hope to make
this THE resource site for 'Iowa Ballrooms' of the
Bottom line, this site will grow and change. We'll see where it goes.
Myron Kelleher - Cedar Falls, IA
Made on a "Mac"