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Dance-Mor Takes its Final Bow

SWISHER, IA (CBS 2/FOX 28)--A well-known building that's home to dancers and fans of music is closing its doors after Saturday night.

"It means an awful lot to an awful it of people, said owner, Craig Davis.

Hes talking about Dance-Mor ballroom. For almost eight decades people have come here to dance the night away, and in the process left with something more.

"Thousands and thousands of people you know. Their parents and grandparents met here so I guess you can say they owe their existence to Dance-Mor, he said.

Tonight many of those people gather again. This time for what Craig Davis is calling the last chance dance.

You see, Craig is retiring and with him goes a venue that has only been in the hands of two families.

"It's a family owned business the family that built this place was here 42 years and then my family purchased it in 1974, he said.

Now 40 years later, he's saying goodbye to the building and the history it's created. Something some are already calling the end of an era.

"A lot of people have had wedding dances here and maybe had first dates here so you know through the 60s and 70s and 80s certainly it was one of the top places around, said Jaime Shelty, who used to visit the ballroom.

It's played host to many acts. It even became a member of the Iowa Rock-N-Roll hall of fame in 2005.

"So it's kind of different now seeing it kinda end one chapter in history and maybe a new beginning. We'll see what happens going forward, said Shelty.

It's a future Craig has yet to foresee but that hasn't stopped him from hoping that Dance-Mor and the memories here live on.

"I would think that someone else comes along and picks up the ball and runs with it like I did in 1974, they'll be very successful and they'll have I'm sure as many wonderful memories as I have, he said.

 
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