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Published on July 8th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Dance the Night Away for the Big Apple’s 100th Birthday

COLUMBIA, S.C. )—Celebrate the centennial anniversary of the Big Apple with a a parent-child dance from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 23.

Put on your dancing shoes and enjoy light refreshments and great music in the birthplace of the Big Apple Swing dance craze as we celebrate this and other South Carolina dances. Advance tickets are $5 for members and $7 for non-members, and admission will be $10 at the door. This event is open to children ages 6-12 and their accompanying adult. Visit to purchase admission or contact HC at 803.252.1770 ext. 26 or The Big Apple is located at 1000 Hampton St. in downtown Columbia.

Built in 1915 as the House of Peace synagogue, the building was sold in 1936 and reopened as the Big Apple Night Club, where the dance craze that swept the nation during the summer of 1937 was born. Crafted by Columbia’s African American youth, the Big Apple dance eventually traveled to New York and attracted the attention of famed dance instructor Arthur Murray and songwriter Tommy Dorsey, who wrote “The Big Apple Swing.” By 1938, however, the club had closed; the property was sold, and the dance was no longer popular. Abandoned in 1979, the former club was moved three years later from its original location at 1138 Park to its current siting at the corner of Hampton and Park streets.

About Historic Columbia:

In November 1961, a small group of individuals intent on saving the Ainsley Hall House from demolition officially incorporated as the Historic Columbia Foundation. Over the next five decades the organization, which was founded on the premise of preservation and education, would take on the stewardship of seven historic properties in Richland County. Today, the organization serves as a model for local preservation efforts and interpretation of local history. Visit or find us on TwitterFacebookInstagram or YouTube for more details.




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