A 25-cent admission price entitled audience members to watch as long as they pleased.
Dance marathons were held in Spokane, Seattle, Yakima, Wenatchee, Bellingham, and elsewhere.
At a time when many churches still considered dancing sinful, "walkathon" was a less threatening term.
Dance marathons originated as part of an early-1920s, giddy, jazz-age fad for human endurance competitions such as flagpole sitting and six-day bicycle races.He taught there for two years, before deciding to move to New York City.At the time, New York's Harlem neighborhood had a thriving arts scene., put out by the National Association for the Advancement Colored People.The young soldiers found themselves inflicted with an "eat-drink-and-be-merry-for-tomorrow-we-die spirit." Far away from the society that raised them and faced with the reality of death, many searched (and found) extreme life experiences before they entered the battlefield.When the war was over, the survivors went home and the world tried to return to normalcy.Dance marathons persisted throughout the 1930s as partially staged performance events, mirroring the marathon of desperation Americans endured during the Great Depression.