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Friday, Nov. 26, 2004


Donning top hat, white tie and tails

To spread the appreciation of ballroom dance in Japan, the Japan Ballroom Dance Federation has designated Nov. 29 "Dance Day."

On that date in 1883, the Rokumeikan (Deer Cry Pavilion) opened in Hibiya, Tokyo, for the purpose of entertaining foreign diplomats and dignitaries. It became the venue for balls and lavish social events, and the hall became a symbol of Tokyo's Westernization.

This Nov. 29, JBDF ballroom-dance studios across the nation will be holding dance classes free of charge.

The names, addresses and telephone numbers of participating schools can be found by visiting www.jbdf.or.jp/ (Japanese only).

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