May 28, 2013
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Jessica Rinaldi for The Boston Globe
Wonderland Ballroom in Revere is headed toward demolition and a likely future as a hotel.
David L. Ryan/Globe Staff/File
The dance floors were once crowded with waltzing couples in suits and full skirts, like Nathan and Beatrice Ginsburt of Revere, seen in this 1974 image.
Jan Housewerth/Globe/File 1986
Joseph Malino of Milton spun Connie Polito of Dedham around on the floor.
Longtime orchestra leader Tony Bruno Jr. told the Globe in 1986 he once tried to sneak in a fox-trot at the end of a waltz set, an experiment he never tried again due to the negative reaction.
Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff/File 1996
The Bridgettes-Geritol Cuties Tap Dancers performed at a fund-raiser and self-esteem booster for the elderly.
Yunghi Kim/Globe Staff/File 1995
Mary-Jean Distefano with her father Joseph Distefano waltzed on the dance floor. The elder Distefano had bought the facility in 1994.
Current owner Robert Merowitz has tried to keep ballroom dancing alive after he bought the venue in 2002, but attendance dwindled.
Lane Turner/Globe Staff/File 2003
The facility was also temporarily converted into an entertainment complex featuring the Latin nightclub Club Lido.
Lisa Poole/File 2011
The club reverted back to the name Wonderland Ballroom, hosting Latin, hard-rock, and reggae shows on weekends.
"You got on the dance floor and you just danced, and all there is is you, your partner, and the music," said former Wonderland dancer Rachel Joaquim.
Sometimes, Joaquim twirls around her living room, waiting patiently each time for an imaginary partner to ask her to dance.