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March 25, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Avalon Ballroom to be demolished

A premier venue for true ballroom dancers

Dancerse and musicians are seen at the Avalon Ballroom, in this photo, most likely taken in the 1940s. The building on the corner of Boren Avenue and Stewart Street, will be demolished later this year to make room for hotel and office space. (INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF BOILERMAKERS, LOCAL 104)

Dancerse and musicians are seen at the Avalon Ballroom, in this photo, most likely taken in the 1940s. The building on the corner of Boren Avenue and Stewart Street, will be demolished later this year to make room for hotel and office space. (INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF BOILERMAKERS, LOCAL 104)

A significant point I’d like to add about the Washington Dance Club at the Avalon Ballroom, is that it is (and probably has been for decades) Washington state’s premier venue for true ballroom dancers [“Avalon’s last dance: history can’t save it,” page one, March 22].

I’ve been dancing there almost weekly for more than 10 years, and have deliberately visited most other ballrooms in the Puget Sound area to see if any were better, from Tacoma to Bellingham, and I found none.

Yes, there were others that were newer, prettier, in better neighborhoods, and had better parking situations; but none had the combination of quality ballroom dance music, an excellent sound system, a perfect dance floor, adequate seating, and many skilled true ballroom dancers to match my skills.

Although the building became drab on the outside and will be demolished later this year, I believe the ballroom inside will live on in the memories of thousands who have found happiness inside it for more than 80 years.

–Roger Douglas, Mukilteo

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