From the Century Ballroom
We are in some dark times in our country and abroad, but I am sharing some good news with you, because even in the midst of horror and devastation something good is always happening somewhere – and today it happens to be in our backyard.
Today, October 3rd, 2017 – I signed another ten year lease for Century Ballroom, West Hall and The Tin Table.
It wasn’t long ago that we all read that the Odd Fellows Building was up for sale, and it still is (and always will be). During all of that, I was part of the conversation with potential new buyers but wasn’t able to renew my lease. (All conversations included Century remaining in the building.)
I tried signing my lease on 8/8/17 exactly nine years after my last lease was signed with the current owners, which was on 8/8/08, but like all things, some negotiations had to happen.
So today, not a day that means something in particular to me – I sat with Alison and the owners at one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants, using my “special pen” and signed my lease (while in the back of my mind I was singing “When I’m 64” by the Beatles).
The choice to sign for ten years, not five or eight, was because I believe in the importance of Century Ballroom in this world. I believe in dance and the community that it creates and the lifelong friendships I have gotten from it. When I think about all the healing moments that have happened in this space, I know it needs to be here.
I believe that this community could and should be ever changing, growing and here forever. Because people will always dance, will always need community; and will always want a beautiful place to come together.
Thank you for 20+ years. Here’s to our next ten together.
“My name is Hallie Kuperman, I run the Century Ballroom” & Alison Cockrill