Monday, January 4, 2010

Saving Texas Dance Halls, One Two-Step At A Time

From John Burnett's piece on NPR:
Dance halls throughout Central Texas have been dying off from decay and disuse. The best way to save them? 'Dance in them,' says Patrick Sparks, a structural engineer and president of Texas Dance Hall Preservation Inc.

'My view is that the dance halls are the most Texas thing there is,' Sparks says. 'You get a look back at 19th-century Texas and the European immigrants that came and formed such a strong part of our character.'

Here's a video from Texas Dance Hall Preservation: