Ever heard of Dance Marathons? These events started back in the 1920′s and were once endurance contests in which couples danced almost non-stop for hundreds of hours. During the marathons, a mix of local hopefuls and seasoned professional marathoners would dance, shuffle, sprint, and even pass out from physical and mental exhaustion for a chance at the cash winnings. It was on November 18, 1930 when the Mayor of Oakland, John L. Davie, banned Dance Marathons in the city. Just last week, as part of an effort to get rid of outdated laws, the Oakland City Council wiped away this 82-year-old ban and once again made it possible to dance until you drop!
The longest running Dance Marathon was in Spokane. The show closed on October 12, 1935, after 1,638 hours (about two months).
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