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Wonderland and its dancers give way to time

REVERE — When Wonderland Ballroom was in danger of being turned into an MBTA parking lot in 1986, ballroom dance enthusiasts wrote letters, distributed pamphlets, and jammed State House phone lines — saving the beloved dance hall from the wrecking ball. But today, with the ballroom headed toward demolition and a likely future as a hotel, no one is rising to stop it anymore.

The days when the Wonderland dance floors were crowded with waltzing couples in suits and full skirts are long gone. The ballrooms that once lined Revere Beach, and served as social gathering spots throughout the region, have been closed or relegated to function hall status.

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