If you’re lucky enough to be in Ketchikan when the BOOMbal Dance Hall holds a Thursday night session, you need to check it out. Where else in Alaska can you dance the tango in an old Christian Science building turned arts center?
BOOMbal’s been a craze here since 2010, making great use of a 1946-era building that was purchased and renovated by the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council. The classic hardwood floors of the Main Street Gallery are perfect for a two-step, rhumba or jitterbug – and you could learn any of these alongside an eclectic mix of folk – from fishermen and artists to high schoolers and summer workers.
Local artist Evon Zerbetz introduced the BOOMbal concept to Ketchikan, sharing her passion for multiple forms of dance. Beginners are welcome, as each session starts off with an instructor teaching the moves. Come with a group, partner or solo, have fun with the locals, and try something new.
Check out BOOMbal Dance Hall on Facebook for an up-to-date schedule.