Contributed article by Courtney Laschkewitsch
The Palomar Ballroom was founded by Steve Hughes in 1997 and is the premier dance spot in the Santa Cruz County area, offering instruction in both American and International Ballroom and Latin dances for recreation or competition, as well as Nightclub dances. The ballroom was taken over by the current owner, Jeremy Pilling in 2003 and has been operating ever since, expanding to a second studio in Scotts Valley in 2012.
The Ballroom normally arranges regular dance parties and invites the public to its elegant ballroom that dates back to the 1930’s with its ornate architecture, reminiscent of the time when dance was the most popular social past time.The Palomar Ballroom is a local, small business that has suffered greatly from the economic impact of COVID-19. Close physical connection and socializing is at the foundation of ballroom dancing, and due to the closures and limited capacity, the ballroom is struggling. Please help keep this business afloat until we are back to dancing as usual.
How you can help:
The ballroom has started a t-shirt fundraising campaign. You can purchase a shirt as well as donate: https://www.bonfire.com/save-the-palomar-ballroom/
Purchase a gift card that doesn’t expire: https://www.wellnessliving.com/rs/catalog-view.html?id_sale=7&k_id=60106&k_location=112097
Take a virtual or in-person group class or private lesson: www.palomarballroom.com.