The Avalon Ball is a blast from the past
Catalina Island’s most distinctive landmark commands attention from throughout Avalon. The Catalina Casino is an architectural wonder: built in 1929, the Moorish-inspired icon features a dramatic movie theatre and a one of the largest circular ballrooms in the world. In its heyday, world renowned big bands filled that ballroom with dancers, while their music created a soundtrack for a generation as it was broadcast around the country from the ballroom.
While the Casino’s heyday is long past, the iconic building still hosts a wide range of events, one of which recreates the magic of a bygone era. The Avalon Ball is hosted by the Art Deco Society of Los Angeles, an organization dedicated to preserving the sights and sounds of the 1920s and ‘30s. The Avalon Ball will bring the Big Band era to life, complete with vintage costumed attendees, dancing and the sounds of Dean Mora & the Avalon Ball Orchestra. Dancers performing the foxtrot, swing and Charleston as well as rumba, waltz and tango will fill the ballroom and everyone is welcome, from professional dancers to those who prefer to watch and soak up the atmosphere.
Now in its 12th year, the Avalon Ball is scheduled for May 17 and is an event not-to-be missed.