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Dance Marathons of the 1920s and 1930s

Dance Marathons (also called Walkathons), an American phenomenon of the 1920s and 1930s, were human endurance contests in which couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money. Dance marathons originated as part of an early-1920s, giddy, jazz-age fad for human endurance competitions such as flagpole sitting and six-day bicycle races. Dance marathons persisted throughout the 1930s as partially staged performance events, mirroring the marathon of desperation Americans endured during the Great Depression. In these dance endurance contests, a mix of local hopefuls and seasoned professional marathoners danced, walked, shuffled, sprinted, and sometimes cracked under the pressure and exhaustion of round-the-clock motion. A 25-cent admission price entitled audience members to watch as long as they pleased. Dance marathons were held in Spokane, Seattle, Yakima, Wenatchee, Bellingham, and elsewhere. They occupied a slightly disrespectable niche in society, and many towns banned them, finding them disruptive, disturbing, and even repugnant.
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Dance Marathon closes in Seattle after 19 days on August 11, 1928.

On August 11, 1928, a dance marathon at the Seattle Armory closes after 19 days. It proves to be the only dance marathon ever held within Seattle city limits. Dance marathons (often called Walkathons) are human endurance contests in which couples dance almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money.
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Seattle City Council passes Ordinance No. 55985 prohibiting dance marathons on September 5, 1928.

On September 5, 1928, the Seattle City Council passes Ordinance No. 55985 prohibiting dance marathons and similar endurance contests and declaring an emergency. Dance marathons were Depression-era human endurance contests in which couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money.
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Dance Marathon at Playland Ballroom at Bitter Lake in unincorporated King County closes on January 15, 1931.

On January 15, 1931, a dance marathon/walkathon closes at the Playland Ballroom on Bitter Lake north of Seattle after 1,545 hours (70 days, or more than two months). Dance marathons were human endurance contests in which couples dance or shuffle almost non-stop for many hundreds of hours, competing for prize money.
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Bellingham City Council prohibits dance marathons on January 26, 1931.

On January 26, 1931, Bellingham City Council passes Ordinance No. 5204 prohibiting "continuous performance," i.e. dance marathons. A dance marathon being staged concurrently at the State Street Auditorium prompts the Council's emergency measure. Dance marathons (often called Walkathons) are human endurance contests in which couples dance almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money.
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Dance Marathon/Walkathon closes in Bellingham after 650 hours (27 days) on January 28, 1931.

On January 28, 1931, a dance marathon (also called a walkathon) competition closes in Bellingham after 650 hours (about 27 days). The contestants voluntarily agree to end the event early because of a City Council ban on such contests that is about to take effect. Dance marathons are human endurance contests in which couples dance almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money.
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Dance Marathon/Walkathon in Spanaway closes when organizers are arrested on May 23, 1931.

On May 23, 1931, a dance marathon/walkathon in Spanaway, located in Pierce County just south of Tacoma, closes abruptly when its organizers are arrested. Dance marathons (often called Walkathons) are human endurance contests in which couples dance almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money. The contest in Spanaway has been going on for only a few days at the time of the arrests.
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Tacoma City Council prohibits dance marathons on June 10, 1931.

On June 10, 1931, the Tacoma City Council passes Ordinance No. 10690 prohibiting dance marathons and similar endurance contests and declaring an emergency. Dance marathons (often called Walkathons) are human endurance contests in which couples dance almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money. The ordinance is prompted by the arrests of several promoters of a May 1931 dance marathon in Spanaway, as well as by a rising tide of sentiment against the events.
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Dance Marathon/Walkathon closes in Fife after 1,376 hours on August 21, 1935.

On August 21, 1935, a dance marathon/walkathon closes in Fife, a community just north of Tacoma, after 1,376 hours (55 days or almost two months). The event is popular with citizens of nearby Seattle and Tacoma, both of which have city ordinances banning dance endurance contests. Dance marathons are human endurance contests in which couples dance almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money.
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Dance Marathon/Walkathon closes in Bellingham after 900 hours on August 26, 1935.

On August 26, 1935, a dance marathon/walkathon closes in Bellingham after 900 hours (about 37 days). The contest takes place despite a 1931 Bellingham City Council Ordinance prohibiting such contests within Bellingham city limits. Dance marathons are human endurance contests in which couples dance almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money.
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Dance Marathon/Walkathon closes in unincorporated King County north of Seattle after 1,176 hours on August 28, 1935.

On August 28, 1935, a dance marathon/walkathon closes at the Everstate Pavilion in unincorporated King County (in the present-day North Park neighborhood of Seattle, just north of Greenwood) after 1,176 hours, that is, after 49 days or a month and a half of nearly continuous dancing. Dance marathons were Depression-era human endurance contests in which couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money.
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Dance Marathon/Walkathon opens in Yakima on September 28, 1935.

On September 28, 1935, the Hollywood Amusement Company opens a dance marathon/walkathon in Yakima at the Playland Park Arena. Dance marathons were Depression-era human endurance contests in which couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money.
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Dance Marathon/Walkathon closes in Spokane after 1,638 hours on October 12, 1935.

On October 12, 1935, a dance marathon/walkathon closes in Spokane after 1,638 hours (that is, 68 days, or more than two months). Professional marathoners Joe and Mary Rock, a brother and sister team, are declared the winners in promoter Charles M. Hayden's Spokane Dance Marathon/Walkathon. Dance marathons were Depression-era human endurance contests in which couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money.
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Dance Marathon/Walkathon closes in Wenatchee after 1,492 hours on November 22, 1935.

On November 22, 1935, a dance marathon/walkathon closes in Wenatchee after 1,492 hours (more than 62 days, or two months). The winners are professional dance marathon contestants Kid Chissell and Billie Boyd. Dance marathons are human endurance contests in which couples dance almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money.
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Dance Marathon/Walkathon "Super Show" closes in Wenatchee after 342 hours on December 7, 1935.

On December 7, 1935, a dance marathon/walkathon "Super Show" (so called because the event was even more grueling than a regular dance marathon) closes in Wenatchee after 342 hours (just over 14 days). Dance marathons are human endurance contests in which couples dance almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money.
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Dance Marathon/Walkathon closes in Fife after 1,600 hours on August 30, 1936.

On August 30, 1936, a dance marathon/walkathon closes in Fife, a community just north of Tacoma, after 1,600 hours (66 days or more than two months). The event is popular with citizens of nearby Seattle and Tacoma, both of which have city ordinances banning dance endurance contests. Dance marathons are human endurance contests in which couples dance almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money.
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Dance Marathon/Walkathon opens in Vancouver on December 22, 1936.

On December 22, 1936, a dance marathon/walkathon opens in Vancouver. Dance marathons (often called Walkathons) are human endurance contests in which couples dance almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money.
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Governor Clarence D. Martin signs into law State Bill 186 outlawing dance marathons statewide on March 15, 1937.

On March 15, 1937, Governor Clarence D. Martin (1884-1955) signs into law State Bill 189 outlawing dance marathons statewide. Dance marathons are Depression-era human endurance contests in which couples dance almost non-stop for hundreds of hours (as long as a month or two), competing for prize money.
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