by Robert Bell
The restoration of Ninth Street's historic Taborian Hall and its Dreamland Ballroom continues with the third annual "Dancing into Dreamland" benefit. The first two "Dancing" fundraisers took place at the Governor's Mansion, but this year, the event is marking its homecoming.
Nine teams of dancers will compete for a $250 cash prize. Previous years' winners will show off their ballroom chops as well, and there will be refreshments, a cash donation bar, a silent auction and more. It'll be a good time even for the less-than-coordinated among us who have two left feet on good day.
Plus, just going inside the ballroom is always a treat. Imagining the musicians who performed there during Ninth Street's heyday always gets me lost in thought. That building hosted some of the finest musicians of the 20th century. What must it have been like, to see Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Louis Jordan, B.B. King or any of the other legends who played there?