The amateur dancers came from everywhere to try out for the Harvest Moon Ball. It was the premier dance contest in New York City from 1935 until 1974, held at Madison Square Garden and sponsored by the 'Daily News Welfare Association'.
This event was so popular that the 20,000 seats were usually sold within two days of going on sale. Preliminary contests were run in different clubs and ballrooms throughout the city including the Savoy Ballroom and Roseland. The dance categories included the Lindy Hop, Jitterbug, Jive, Collegiate Shag, Polka, Rock and Roll and the more classic dances.
Fleet-footed WILLIAM MUSARRA was good enough to win this impressive medal in a 1950s Harvest Moon Ball. He competed in the Fox Trot and Waltz... noted on the goldtone engraved bar across the ribbon. The medal is a beauty...one of the nicest medals we've ever seen. It features a dancing couple embossed on the gold-plated piece. The geometric edges are very much of the Art Deco period. Medal measures 1 5/8 inches across by 5 inches high. The dancer's name is engraved on the back.
There is no more Harvest Moon Ball but interest in dance contests knows no end. Don't miss this very special item as it took some fancy footwork to win it.
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