Hey Dancers! Win $500 this November!

For the first time ever Dancing into Dreamland 2014 winners were an entire dance group. Shuffles Ballet performed Micheal Jackson's Thriller and certainly thrilled our judges and guests!
For the first time ever Dancing into Dreamland 2014 winners were an entire dance group. Shuffles Ballet performed Micheal Jackson’s Thriller and certainly thrilled our judges and guests!

Just in time for the holidays! Win $500 this November!

The Friends of Dreamland are excited to announce that Graham and Associates has pledged $500 to be presented to the winners of this year’s Dancing into Dreamland on Nov. 6th in the Dreamland Ballroom.

The 6th Annual 2015 Dancing into Dreamland will host a ‘Dancing with the Stars’ style event in which a variety of dancers from all dancing styles compete for judges and audience votes.

Dancer’s application fee is $25.  Proceeds go toward the restoration of the historic Taborian Hall.  The 99 year old building is located at 800 West 9th Street (Arkansas flag and banner building) in downtown Little Rock. Download your application now at http://www.dreamlandballroom.com/2015auditonapp.pdf and participate in a great event, while helping save part of Little Rock’s cultural history.

Not a dancer? GREAT!!  (You don’t have to get sweaty!)  You get to join in the fun as a spectator and vote for your favorite performance of the night while enjoying food, drinks and taking in the history and ambiance of the Dreamland Ballroom. You’ll find yourself intrigued when you learn all the legends who have graced Dreamland’s stage like Duke Ellington, Ray Charles. Billie Holiday, Louis Armstrong and many more.

Order your tables or tickets online. General admission tickets are $69. Event sponsorships and box seating are available as well. Visit http://www.dreamlandballroom.com/did2015.html for more details and to order your tickets securely online.

Historic Dreamland Ballroom to Host Annual Dance Competition Fundraiser Nov. 6th

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Little Rock, Ark., (PRWEB) August 11, 2015

On November 6th, the Dreamland Ballroom will host its 6th Annual Dancing into Dreamland dance competition and fundraiser. The annual fundraiser is to generate funds for improvements and renovations to the historic 99-year-old building located at 800 West Ninth Street.

The current fundraising campaign (carried over from last year) is to raise funds to make Taborian Hall accessible to all by installing an elevator which would be ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant. The non-profit group, The Friends of Dreamland needs more than $700,000 to achieve their goal to have an addition and elevator added to the almost century old historic site.

This year’s fundraiser will begin at 7 pm and last until 10 pm. Celebrity judges will choose the overall winner of the dance competition while guests will vote for their favorite dancers to receive the People’s Choice Award by text voting.

A silent auction with more than $20,000 in auction items will be up for grabs during the event. Guests will enjoy hors d’oeuvres along with drinks and an hour long free dance will be open for any and all guests to cut a rug.

Dreamland Ballroom is housed on the third floor of Taborian Hall built in 1916. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and hosted such musical legends as Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Ray Charles, Louis Armstrong. Louis Jordan, Redd Foxx and a host of other legendary artists throughout the years.

In the 1970s through the 1980s the building fell into disrepair and was rescued in 1991 by Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com’s owner Kerry McCoy. The Friends of Dreamland non-profit was formed in 2009 and has been working to save and restore this piece of Little Rock’s cultural history ever since.

The Friends of Dreamland invite the public to attend; general admission tickets are available for $69 each or guests can purchase the private balcony or one of two box seating areas or entire tables right on the dance floor. Guests can order tickets online at http://www.dreamlandballroom.com/did2015.html. Sponsorship opportunities are available as well. Contact the Friends of Dreamland at 501.255.5700 to learn more about sponsorship opportunities. Dress in party attire the night of the event.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Friday, November 6 at 800 West 9th Street, Little Rock, Ark. Entrances are on the State Street side of the building.

The Friends of Dreamland is a 501(c)(3) corporation. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Visit http://www.dreamlandballroom.org or call 501.255.5700 for details.

Juneteenth Celebration on 9th Street this Saturday, June 20

dreamlandballroom.jpgLittle Rock, Ark., – On Saturday, June 20, 2015 Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com will join forces with the Mosiac Templars Cultural Center for their celebration  of Juneteenth ,  a holiday that commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas in June 1865, and more generally the emancipation of African-American slaves throughout the Confederate South. Celebrated on June 19, the term is a portmanteau of June and nineteenth, and is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in most states.

Juneteenth is a time for reflection and forward thinking for people all across America. A variety of entertainment is planned for this block party style celebration that has something for everyone. Attendees will find live music, children’s activities, food trucks, non-profits, and vendor booths ranging from clothing to food. More than 1,200 people were in attendance last year with more than 50 participating vendors, performers and sponsors.

Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com will host two exhibits: The History of the Taborian Hall and the Dreamland Ballroom with the opportunity to enjoy tours of the ballroom. Construction began in 1916 and since then Taborian Hall has been an integral part of the Little Rock African American Culture ever since. The Dreamland Ballroom on the third floor became a popular stop on the famous Chitlin’ Circuit where musical greats such as Ray Charles, B.B. King, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington performed among others. It also has a strong military history as the building served as the USO for African American soldiers during World War II. Currently the Dreamland Ballroom is undergoing further restoration efforts. It is one of the last remaining original ballrooms in America.

The second exhibit is “Old School: Remembering the Brinkley Academy”  visitors will see how a school in rural eastern Arkansas served the needs of African American students who received direction and inspiration for nearly six decades through an exhibit of photographs.

Exhibits open at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Dreamland Ballroom tours are at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and are free to the public. Please note that the ballroom is on the third floor.  Those wishing to tour it should be aware that there is no elevator. Currently the Friends of Dreamland Ballroom are raising funds to have an elevator installed for the disabled. If you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to the Friends of Dreamland Elevator Fund call 501.255.5700 or visit them online at www.dreamlandballroom.org. For more information on the Taborian Hall exhibits for the Juneteenth celebration contact Madison@flagandbanner.com .

Archive of Dreamland Ballroom Stories, Photos or Videos on the web

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Archives on the web of Dreamland Ballroom: 

Here you will find links to stories, editorials, photos, photographers who have worked in the ballroom, videos taken in Dreamland along with news footage and every link we can find that discusses Dreamland Ballroom. Every one, individual, group, school, organization, business, photographer, bride…whomever you have our deepest gratitude for posting such wonderful things on the internet to show the world about Taborian Hall and her Dreamland Ballroom.

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Mosaic Templars MLK Day Challenge at Dreamland Ballroom a Huge Success

Students impress with MLK Day Challenge at Dreamland Ballroom

1530365_10152614458398782_784575582_nLittle Rock, Ark., – Yesterday as part of Martin Luther King Jr. National Day of Service, the Mosaic Templars brought a group of student volunteers to the Dreamland Ballroom (MLK Day Challenge at Dreamland Ballroom), located at 800 West 9th Street on the third floor of the Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com building.

The group of students brought great attitudes and terrific work ethic along with them, they not only painted the ballroom floor they also cleaned inside and around the outdoor area of the 800 block of 9th Street. Everyone employed at Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com was greatly impressed by the young people who turned out. These students gave up a day out of school to be a part of the Mosaic Templars MLK Day Challenge at Dreamland Ballroom, though none of them seemed to feel that they were giving up anything. (more…)

Mosaic Templars Challenge Students on MLK Day: Volunteers to paint Dreamland Ballroom

Little Rock, Ark., – Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com and the Dreamland Ballroom will be hosting students on Martin Luther King Junior National Day of Service Monday, January 20, 2014 between the hours of 10 am – 12 pm. The group of students were organized by the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center (just down the street from Taborian Hall). The students will be repainting the floor of the historic Taborian Hall’s Dreamland Ballroom as part of the MLK Challenge, a program designed by the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center to engage youth in the role of servant leadership with a full day of service projects that challenge them mentally and socially. Participants will work at sites across the city.

“We are very glad to be a part of this great youth educational and service opportunity,” said Kerry McCoy, owner of Taborian Hall and president of Arkansas’ FlagandBanner.com. “We are very proud that our Taborian Hall is the “sister” building to the Mosaic Templars and thrilled to be a part of the MLK Challenge,” McCoy continued. Press and photographers are welcome to commemorate this community service event. (more…)

3rd annual “Dancing into Dreamland” will be held in the Dreamland Ballroom!

Guests at the 3rd Annual “Dancing Into Dreamland: Dance Contest and Benefit” on November 9, 2012 will experience a magical night on the third floor of the Taborian Hall building at 9th and State Street. The gala, held for the last two years at the Governor’s Mansion, is coming home to the Dreamland Ballroom this year. Recent floor, roof, and balcony renovations made the homecoming possible.

“Dancing into Dreamland” will feature nine dance teams from a variety of genres competing for a $250 cash prize, as well as exhibitions from previous years’ winners. Guests will participate through text voting for their favorite teams to decide the People’s Choice Award, while the 1st Place and cash prize winner will be chosen by a panel of judges.

Judging this year are;
• David Miller, host of the weekly big band radio program, “Swingin’ Down the Lane”,
• Christen Burke Pitts, dance instructor with over 25 years experience.
• Gary Weir, host of TV dance show, “The Good Ole Daze”,
• Rhythm McCarthy, faculty, UALR Theatre and Dance Department.

The event will also offer refreshments, a cash donation bar, live music, open dancing, and a silent auction.
Proceeds from the event will primarily support the education programs of Friends of the Dreamland Ballroom, a non-profit organization that was formed “to celebrate the legacy of the Dreamland Ballroom and the Taborian Hall and bring its history, culture, and community to the people of Arkansas through artistic performance, music education, cultural outreach, and preservation.” Funds will also support ongoing renovations of the Dreamland Ballroom.

The Taborian Hall, which houses the Dreamland Ballroom, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1982 and is the last building remaining on 9th Street from Little Rock’s “Little Harlem,” the now-vanished center of the city’s black community. Over the decades, the Ballroom hosted performers such as Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald, B. B. King, Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, and Ray Charles.

General admission to Dancing into Dreamland costs $50. Tickets can be purchased online at www.dreamlandballroom.org or by calling 501-255-5700.

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See below for a full event schedule. For more information, please contact Kerry McCoy, at the information listed above.

Dancing Into Dreamland Dance Contest and Benefit
Sponsored by the Friends of the Dreamland Ballroom
Friday, November 9th, 2012
7:00-10:00 PM

Taborian Hall
800 W. Ninth St.
Little Rock, AR 72201

Schedule

7:00 – 8:00 Mixer, refreshments, and silent auction
8:00 – 9:00 Dance contest and exhibitions
9:00 – 9:45 Open dancing, judges deliberations and text voting
10:00 Awards ceremony

Sponsors

Stella Boyle Smith Trust
Mainstream Technologies

Robbi Davis Agency
Dance Dynamics
Ken Rash’s Casual Furniture
Dr Gary Harper
Daniel Utilities
Harbor Distributing
Dave’s Place

Fashion benefits Dreamland Ballroom, Big Brothers, Big Sisters

By Meredith Cavaness Corning, The Compassion Fashion Project

Once again, fashion has its place in raising funds for worthy causes.  Last Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Alexandria Gordon produced a fabulous event touted, ‘Modeling for a Cause,’ to benefit the restoration of the Dreamland Ballroom and Big Brothers/Big Sisters.  The Dreamland Ballroom is located at historic 800 West Ninth Street in downtown Little Rock.  Supporters of the Dreamland Ballroom are committed to “bringing back the music, the history, and the party to the historic space.”

Dreamland Ballroom’s Public Relations states, “Stately Taborian Hall, located on the corner of Ninth and State Streets, is the only remaining historic building on West Ninth, a testimony to the street’s former vibrancy and glory days as Little Rock’s “Little Harlem.”

Modeling for a Cause featured over forty models sporting seven fashion designers’ digs that were availbale for purchase and the event was hosted by Jaid Taylor.  Designers showcasing their collections were Wynika Smith (Splendid Fever), Jo Claire Dodson (Just Faux Fun), Chavon Sewell (Chavon Shree), Aaliyah Fisher (Grafetti), Kenny and Sandra Fisher (Novel T’s), Alicia Hawkins (jfBf), and Sheila Scott (N’chole Feroce).  The model who won first place in the modeling competition and a cash prize was Michaela Boothby.

Fashion Designer, Sheila Scott with N’Chole Feroce says of the evening, “We were all trying to give back to our community with fashion.  Everything went really well.  We all had such a great time.  The space is amazing and I hope it can be saved from demolitian.  There is so much history there.”

More volunteers and supporters are needed.  Those interested should please visit the Dreamland Ballroom website at http://www.dreamlandballroom.com/.

Magic in Dreamland

Business owner, friends giving new life to ballroom in historic 95-year-old building

BY LINDA CAILLOUET – Democrat Gazette

Dreamland BallroomLITTLE ROCK — At Ninth and State streets in downtown Little Rock, the historic brick building wedged against Interstate 630 survived long after all of its neighbors fell to make way for newer buildings, parking space, or simply empty lots.

But 20 years ago, the regal building — marred by a gaping hole in its roof — appeared doomed to the same fate.

Kerry McCoy, owner of Arkansas Flag and Banner, fell in love with the threestory building at 800 W. Ninth and wanted to move her business, then in a house on North Little Rock’s Main Street, there. She bought the building in 1990.

At the time, many wondered if she’d lost her mind.

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