In a “casual Friday” world, dressing up and attending an elegant ball is a rare treat. Before I started ballroom dancing, I had never been to anything called a “ball!” Now I attend at least one a year, usually more. Even in a small city such as Macon, dance opportunities (with and without dress codes) are more plentiful than one might imagine.
For dancers, the Gala Ball is the highlight of the annual Cherry Blossom Festival. It is held in the beautiful Macon City Auditorium, with two live bands, a big dance floor, drinks, hors d’oeuvres, remarks by local dignitaries, and the presentation of the Cherry Blossom Festival royalty. If you are not a dancer, it’s worth attending just to watch–my parents, who attended with Daniel and me this year, can attest to that. If you are a dancers, then it’s an opportunity to look your best and dance your best in a really lovely atmosphere. Here are a couple of pictures: