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An opulent ballroom at the "Catherine Palace near "St. Petersburg, "Russia

A ballroom or ballhall is a large "room inside a "building, the designated purpose of which is holding large formal parties called "balls. Traditionally, most balls were held in private residences; many "mansions contain one or more ballrooms. In other large houses, a large room such as the main "drawing room, "long gallery, or hall may double as a ballroom, but a good ballroom should have the right type of "flooring, such as "hardwood flooring or stone flooring (usually marble).["citation needed] In later times the term ballroom has been used to describe nightclubs where punters dance, the "Top Rank Suites in the United Kingdom for example were also often referred to as ballrooms. The phrase "having a ball" has grown to encompass many events where person(s) are having fun, not just dancing.

Ballrooms are generally quite large, and may have "ceilings higher than other rooms in the same building. The large amount of space for "dancing, as well as the highly formal tone of events have given rise to "ballroom dancing. The largest balls are now nearly always held in public buildings, and many "hotels have a ballroom. They are also designed large to help the sound of orchestras carry well throughout the whole room.

A special case is the annual "Vienna Opera Ball, where, just for one night, the "auditorium of the "Vienna State Opera is turned into a large ballroom. On the eve of the event, the rows of seats are removed from the "stalls, and a new floor, level with the "stage, is built.

Sometimes ballrooms have stages in the front of the room where the host or a special guest can speak. That stage can also be used for instrumentalists and musical performers.


List of hardwood floor ballrooms[edit]

These lists should only include ballrooms with permanent wood floors. The size of the floor should only include the largest contiguous area without obstructions. The web sites and materials about some places add up multiple spaces, rooms, and balconies, and floors. However, this list ranks ballrooms based on the size of one single open space with a hardwood floor.

Currently Existing Hardwood Floor Ballrooms in the United States
Name Location Size (sq. ft.) Year Reference
"Coliseum Ballroom "Sandusky, Ohio 20,000[1] 1907 Amusement Park site


"Aragon Ballroom "Chicago, Illinois 20,000[2] 1926 Official site
Sunnybrook Ballroom "Pottstown, Pennsylvania 15,200 1931 Official site
"Palladium "Waikiki, Hawaii 11,000 1990 [No Site]
"Cotillion Ballroom "Wichita, Kansas 11,000 1960[3] Official site
Val Air Ballroom "Des Moines, Iowa 8,750[4] 1961 Official site
"Spanish Ballroom "Glen Echo, Maryland 7,500 1933 Official site
Hollywood Ballroom "Silver Spring, Maryland 7,200[5] ???? Official site
Elite Hall "Hyrum, Utah 7,000[6] 1917 Official site
Surf Ballroom "Clear Lake, Iowa 6,300 1948 Official site
"Anhalt Hall "Spring Branch, Comal County, Texas 6,300[7] 1908 Official site
Country Club Ballroom, Biltmore Hotel "Coral Gables, Florida 6,200[8] 1926 Official site
"Hammerstein Ballroom "Manhattan, New York 6,100[9] 1906 Official site
Vasa Park Ballroom "Bellevue, Washington 6,000 ???? Official site
"Willowbrook Ballroom "Willow Springs, Illinois 6,000 1921 Official site
"Vanity Ballroom "Detroit, Michigan 5,600[10] 1929 No site[11]
Schroeder Hall "Victoria, Texas 5,000 1890 Official site
Swiss Alp Hall "Swiss Alp, Texas 5,000 1899 Official site
Electric Park Ballroom "Waterloo, Iowa 5,103[12] 1936 Official site
"Crystal Ballroom "Portland, Oregon 3,600[13] 1914 Official site
Melody Grand Ballroom "Portland, Oregon 3,500 1925 Official site
Historic Ballroom "Twin Falls, Idaho 3,170 1922 Official site
Grand Palladian Ballroom at The Semple Mansion "Minneapolis, Minnesota 3,000[14] 1880s-1890s Official site
Elks Tower Ballroom "Sacramento, California 2,400 ???? Official site
Fullerton Ballroom "Fullerton, California 2,145 1927 Official site
Lakeside Ballroom "Guttenberg, Iowa ???? 1927 Official site
Oak Ballroom "Schuyler, Nebraska ???? 1929 Official site [11]
"Cain's Ballroom "Tulsa, Oklahoma 11,000[15] 1924 Official site
"Diamond Ballroom "Oklahoma City, Oklahoma ???? 1964 Official site

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  1. ^ This rough estimate is based upon photos and not from measurements. Two unofficial pages say that the ballroom is 45,000 square feet, and that the building itself is 300 ft x 150 ft. [1] [2] From pictures, the dancable area without columns is currently smaller than the building although very large. It was billed as the "Largest Dancing Pavilion on the Great Lakes," in David Nasaw, Going out: the rise and fall of public amusements,(Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1999), p. 90.
  2. ^ [3][4][5]
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2010-09-08. [6]
  4. ^ 70x 125 [7]
  5. ^ [8]
  6. ^ The building is 70' x 122' but the dance floor sits in from the walls approximately four feet and is raised up a few inches. 62' X 116' = 7192
  7. ^ http://www.austin360.com/news/content/recreation/guides/visit/dancehall.html
  8. ^ Lisa Light, Destination Bride, (Georgetown, ON: North Light Books, 2005), p. 170.
  9. ^ estimate based on architectural drawing
  10. ^ Savage, Rebecca Binno; Greg Kowalski (2004). Art Deco in Detroit. Arcadia Publishing. pp. 98–104 Although this page says just 5,000
  11. ^ Not open to the public
  12. ^ 81' x 63' http://www.iowaballroom.com/p/act/ep_wloo.html
  13. ^ The floor is definitely larger, but the size is irregular. This estimate is based on this floor plan
  14. ^ [9][10]
  15. ^ capacity of 6,000 people Ralph G. Giordano, Country & Western Dance, Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2010 p.42-3.

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