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Winter dance is a ball for all

From left: Eleanor Riley and Chynna Pope, both of Boston.
From left: Eleanor Riley and Chynna Pope, both of Boston.(Bill Brett for the Boston Globe)

The Winter Ball, as it’s known, has been a Boston tradition since 1944, when Margaret Howell Associates hatched the idea of an all-ages evening of ballroom dancing. The annual event at the Park Plaza Hotel featured big-band music played by the 12-piece Alex Donner Orchestra and guests dressed to the nines. Proceeds from this year’s Winter Ball will benefit A Far Cry and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company.

From left: Clayre Attisani of Wellesley, Clarissa Carson-Rose of Rye, N.Y., Polly Gabrieli of Boston, and Allegra Pellegrino of Boston.
From left: Clayre Attisani of Wellesley, Clarissa Carson-Rose of Rye, N.Y., Polly Gabrieli of Boston, and Allegra Pellegrino of Boston.(Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)
Kathy Fuller with son Peter, daughter Katie, and husband Peter, all of Belmont.
Kathy Fuller with son Peter, daughter Katie, and husband Peter, all of Belmont.(Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)
Christina Graziano of Boston and Pierce Harman of Cambridge.
Christina Graziano of Boston and Pierce Harman of Cambridge. (Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)
Tegan Treacy of Needham, Julia Gangemi of Newton, Shona Lothrop of Shelburne, Vt., Evelyn Treacy of Needham, and Sophia Lothrop of Shelburne, Vt.
Tegan Treacy of Needham, Julia Gangemi of Newton, Shona Lothrop of Shelburne, Vt., Evelyn Treacy of Needham, and Sophia Lothrop of Shelburne, Vt.(Bill Brett for The Boston Globe)