Cal Bal Classic Weekend Overview

Saturday Night Dance Theme: Cocoanut Grove

The Cocoanut Grove was one of the most famous nightclubs in Los Angeles through the 1920’s and 1940’s. When it opened in 1921, the Cocoanut Grove instantly became a mecca for movie stars and star-gazers. The famous artificial palm trees which decorated the club’s interior were left over from Rudolph Valentino‘s 1921 move “The Sheik“. The Grove was virtually synonymous with Hollywood glamour – actresses such as Joan Crawford (“Mildred Pierce“), Carole Lombard (“My Man Godfrey“), and Loretta Young (“The Bishop’s Wife“) were reportedly discovered while dancing at the popular nightclub.

Thursday, January 18

Time Event Location
7:00pm – 10:00pm Early Check-In Hilton Hotel – Lobby
8:30pm – 12:00am Pre-Weekend Dance at Lindy Groove (not included in weekend pass) Pasadena Masonic Temple

Friday, January 19

Time Event Location
11:00am – 10:00pm Check In & Registration Pasadena Masonic Temple
12:30pm – 3:50pm Balboa and Swing Elective Workshops Pasadena Masonic Temple
4:15pm – 5:30pm Amateur Classic & Pure Bal Competitors’ Meeting and Contest Prelims Pasadena Masonic Temple
8:00pm – 12:00am Evening Dance with Live Music from The Grand Slam Sextet & Contest Finals Pasadena Masonic Temple
12:00am-1:00am Cocktail Hour Hilton Hotel
12:00am-5:00am Late Night Dance Hilton Hotel

Saturday, January 20

Time Event Location
10:00am – 4:00pm Level Check & Daytime Workshops Pasadena Masonic Temple and Hilton Hotel
12:45pm – 1:30pm The Classic – Competitor’s Meeting and Prelims Pasadena Masonic Temple
1:15pm – 2:15pm Track Level Complaints Office Hilton Hotel – San Gabriel Room
4:30pm – 6:15pm Open Mixed Couples and Amateur Mixed Couples Competitor’s Meeting and Contest Prelims Pasadena Masonic Temple
8:00pm-12:00am Evening Dance with Live Music with The Jonathan Stout Orchestra Featuring Miss Hilary Alexander & Contest Finals

Theme: Cocoanut Grove*

Pasadena Masonic Temple
12:00am – 1:00am Cocktail Hour Hilton Hotel
12:00am – 5:00am Late Night Dance Hilton Hotel

Sunday, January 21

Time Event Location
10:15am-5:45pm Daytime workshops Pasadena Masonic Temple and Hilton Hotel
6:15pm – 7:00pm Amateur Mixed Couples Contest Finals Pasadena Masonic Temple
8:00pm – 12:00am Evening Dance with Live Music from Les Boulevardiers & Invitational Contest Pasadena Masonic Temple
12:00am – 5:00am Late night dance- (No Cocktail Hour) Hilton Hotel